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Opalnera
Posted on: 7.Aug.2016, 08:50 PM





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I am just surprised you found a butcher. Where are you?
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QUOTE (swedamerican @ 6.Aug.2016, 03:45 PM) *
Hi,

I read in previous threads that Handelsbanken has now internet banking in English. What about their Iphone app?
Is SEB online banking also in English now? What about their Iphone app?

Thanks!


Looks like Handelsbanken app is available in many languages including English. I have been banking with them for years and am very satisfied with them.
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For tax purposes you are considered a resident if you live in Sweden for more than 6 months out of every year so I would think given the length of your absences you would have to start again for citizenship.

Pity you didn't stay for the extra 2 months and get your citizenship before you left.
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It is just a matter of acclimatising. They like their coffee strong here, I was recently in Australia and had to order one or more extra shots in my flat white otherwise it just tasted bland. Guess I'm a Swede now smile.gif
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I visited Utrecht a couple of years ago, it is very nice and has a very good restaurant and bar culture. I like living in Sweden but lets be a bit honest, the country and its people are kind of the same, nice to look at but a bit boring.

I haven't experienced the same thing exactly as I have been quite busy focussing on my career. The only thing I am realising now that my parents are getting a bit older and starting to get sick that I am not around for them and they miss me. When I first moved to Sweden and they were healthier and it wasn't certain how long I would be gone it was fine but now 6 years on some of the negatives (like being away from my family) have started to hit me a bit harder.

I think its hard for anyone to offer you advice but if you are not happy eventually your relationship will break down so you need to do something about that. Best of luck.
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I moved to Sweden from Australia 6 years ago to live with my (now) husband.

The process is relatively the same from when I did it. Your partner makes the application from Australia, now you also have to show proof that you have somewhere to live and income to support your partner in Sweden. While the decision is being made your partner can visit you as a tourist.

The best thing to do is to call the consulate or embassy nearest to you in Australia. They have done thousands of these and they know what they are talking about (and have much less wait times than Migrationsverket who are extremely understaffed).

I don't like the working holiday visa, I think it's better to go straight for the spouse visa (unless you really can't for some reason). You have less rights on the working holiday visa and it doesn't count towards time spent in Sweden for citizenship.
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QUOTE (manindemaan @ 1.Oct.2015, 09:04 PM) *
Not allowed to take anything from there as far as I heard.. Is it?


Possibly not but I'd be calling them and finding out what they do with that stuff. Some stuff is probably given to a local charity shop and sold off cheaply but I think some stuff would be a bit of a problem to get rid of. As in my sofa story, charity shops don't want sofas.
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?tervinningscentralen (aka the rubbish dump). No I am dead serious, they usually have a container for furniture that is perfectly fine at the dump.

Also, with sofas, you can bargain down a lot in price. We had two sofas we tried to sell about 4 months ago and we couldn't even give them away for free. They were about 10 years old and still looked very fresh, the cushions were a little soft. In the end they went to the dump.

Also don't discount IKEA, you can get small tables and drawers and things there often for as cheap as you would buy them second hand.
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QUOTE (Donaldwillians @ 1.Oct.2015, 07:33 PM) *
This is a reply From MV by email today

"Thank you for your e-mail.

The Migration Agency has registered your application 2015-02-01, and the case is queuing for a Case Officer.

The Citizenship Unit is currently dealing with application that has been registered in August / September 2014. The estimated waiting time is therefore over 12 months."

I applied ONLINE


Those letters are not accurate either, they are general information. I got a similar letter when I enquired about my PUT saying that the waiting time was 11 months and I got it in 3 months. As it turned out though, I am very glad that I did make enquiries about my PUT because I didn't get advice about registration for several weeks and as it turned out, it had been "misplaced".
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QUOTE (Donaldwillians @ 1.Oct.2015, 07:31 PM) *
I applied online


That's crappy, I wonder why it's taking so long? Others get theirs in days.

I think under UK immigration law that you have the right to live and work there as the partner of an EU citizen.

As for either of you leaving Sweden before your application is processed, I think you might jeopardise your application. If your sambo leaves then you will no longer qualify for the reduced time based on sambo relationship as the law is extremely clear that you must be living together, as in present tense. But you are a permanent resident so you can stay in Sweden without your sambo and apply for citizenship after 5 years. If you go with your sambo to the UK then I think that might also jeopardise your application because (I am not 100% sure about this) I think you have to be living in Sweden to qualify for the right to citizenship.

So I guess it depends on how good the job in the UK is. If you do decide to go to the UK and stay then you can apply for citizenship there...after 5 years.
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QUOTE (Donaldwillians @ 1.Oct.2015, 07:24 PM) *
As some of you suggested I send the MV an email.

That's the response

"Thank you for your e-mail.

The Migration Agency has registered your application 2015-02-01, and the case is queuing for a Case Officer.

The Citizenship Unit is currently dealing with application that has been registered in August / September 2014. The estimated waiting time is therefore over 12 months."


Did you apply online, or by paper application?
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Great to hear luckylefty!

It's good advice to apply online as paper applications can take a very very long time, even for "straight forward" cases.
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QUOTE (littleviking @ 1.Oct.2015, 05:37 PM) *
i am sorry but you are either a troll or you should not be studying if you can not find basic info which is very obvious

https://www.universityadmissions.se/en/All-...more/Key-dates/

if you look on the first page in the right side there is key dates


LOL learn to Google, right?
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QUOTE (Applecore @ 30.Sep.2015, 11:08 AM) *
The express is quite pricey, but it makes up for that in time spent on the way. it gets to the airport in just 20 minutes, and is super comfy. For the off hand trip to the airport i say it is worth it.


Arlanda Express is only worthwhile if you are two or three passengers travelling together. Comfortable commuter trains and buses run all day and all night to the airport and take 40 minutes for 135kr (from anywhere within zone ABC). Arlanda Express costs 280kr for one person and saves you 20 minutes. You can buy tickets for two people for 300kr (150kr p/p) which maybe you can justify the 20 minute time saving and three people for 400kr (133kr p/p) which ends up slightly cheaper. Any more than that and a taxi is going to be just as cost effective.

Some people argue that the Arlanda Express is better if you have a lot of luggage, but let's face it if you've got THAT much luggage that you can't get on the pendelt?g then you're going to want a taxi, or a container, or seriously rethink how many pairs of shoes you need and divide that number by 100.
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There's a reason why those flights are cheap!

But seriously the bus 593 goes hourly through the night at 00:50, 01:50, 02:50, 03:50 from Centralen to Uppsala via Arlanda. Other times the commuter train (pendelt?g) from T-Centralen to Uppsala via Arlanda runs regularly, usually every 30 minutes.

The only direct way to get to Skavsta at any time of the day is with Flyggbussarna which runs its buses to deliver and meet the scheduled flights. Using "public" transport to Skavsta is a PITA.
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Everything is burnable, it just depends on temperature laugh.gif
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I've actually done that train journey in reverse from Stockholm to Cologne. It's enough transfer time provided that the trains are on time. They usually are unless there are some works going on. If for any reason you miss your train because of their delays then you are able to get on the next available train. This happened to me when I was travelling through Germany two summers ago, they were doing some work on the tracks and many trains were delayed, but under the terms and conditions of the ticket you are allowed to get on the next available train if your train was delayed and you missed your connection.
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QUOTE (Hisingen @ 5.May.2015, 12:46 PM) *
PPS To the Editors - When do we get to comment on more news items - or is that to be still restricted to non-controversial items ? ? ? ? ? ? ?


To be honest I know a lot of expats who won't read The Local, so many articles that are either extremely generalist, based on the personal experiences of one or a couple of people or just outright factually incorrect. It makes a lot of people angry so really it's no wonder the comments are often turned off.
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QUOTE (LLHope @ 5.May.2015, 07:32 AM) *
If you cannot find an English speaking midwife then, whilst not the most convenient or private biggrin.gif, you have the right to request that a translator be used/provided cost-free.


It's good to not assume that all midwives speak English, among the "lower level" professionals it can really vary, you might get a midwife who is excellent at English or you might get one that could barely pass gymnasiet. I remember the first time I went to the midwife, I couldn't speak any Swedish and they had one who took appointments from English speakers, she wasn't particularly good though. It was just an appointment for a pill prescription so we muddled through it with a lot of Swenglish.
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I'm not sure how it works here in Sweden, but in other countries you have to be referred by a dentist to an orthodontist.

As for dentists I can recommend ?praktiken, you can quickly get an appointment.
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QUOTE (khaledSW @ 14.Apr.2015, 12:30 PM) *
Hi,

I am a new resident in Sweden, so I don't speak swedish very well. However, I can speak english fluently.
I would like to know, what is the required level of swedish proficiency so I can work in sweden?

Note that I am a software engineer and currently, I am studying swedish in Sfi.

Thanks



QUOTE (Mo @ 15.Apr.2015, 03:40 PM) *
Plenty of IT jobs in Stockholm that don't require Swedish & a shortage of qualified staff so if you have a solid CV and useful skills you should have an OK chance, obviously the more Swedish you have the easier it will be, but a lot of employers are going to prioritise the technical skills before the language ones - plenty of projects with a mix of nationalities where the working language is english.

good luck

I would try and do some networking, maybe join some of the meetup.com events


Yep what Mo said is accurate. The answers other people gave are right for other fields but IT is different, there is such a shortage of qualified and experienced staff that there are some firms that are willing to hire just about anyone. You might not get the best ever job but it shouldn't be too hard to find something.
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You can usually do SFI at night and most universities also offer beginner Swedish classes.

You are young, unqualified and an immigrant which unfortunately is the group that finds it the hardest to find employment. Most people who find jobs in English are employed on the basis that they are native speakers or can speak very good English and have desirable qualifications and/or experience.

It's all very well and good to feel like you should hold up your end as far as contributing to the household goes but in reality there are a lots of sacrifices to be made by both you and your boyfriend to make it work in Sweden. You need to invest your time into yourself. You have a lot of work to do to make yourself employable.

You can do it! Best of luck.
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It's worth mentioning if you are over 25 and don't have a formal qualification that can get you into university you qualify for higher bidrag from CSN to complete gymnasiet. For full time studies its 1646kr a week (which works out to be about 7132kr a month) plus you can also take 841kr a week (3644kr a month) in loans if you wish. You could probably do the whole of gymnasiet in a year if you studied by distance.

This only applies if you have PUT or your home country has an agreement with Sweden making you eligible for CSN.
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Uppsala gets a lot better if you are involved with the university, it's very rich in traditions etc and there are lots of parties and things to attend. You'll have a great time and meet lots of nice people, go for it.
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He PAID for your coffee? Seriously wow, he pretty much loves you.

Swedish men are horrible at dating. If you like him you can be a bit pushy because he wont be.
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