Moving to Sweden from USA


I need help from my fellow Americans who have moved to Sweden!

I have applied for my residence permit and had my interview in August. I am married to a Swedish citizen so I am moving to my husband in Sweden.

Today, he called the Migration Agency and was told that I can visit Sweden while awaiting a decision. Yes, this is post interview. No, I do not need a special visa. Yes, they will notify us when they are ready to make a decision. No. I cannot be in Sweden when the decision is made.

Here is where I need help. Please, someone who has completed this process within the last year.

When they approve my application, what happens?

I heard a story about a guy who was notified they were ready to make a decision so he bought a ticket to Dublin. This was to prove he was not in Sweden when the decision was made. The story didn't say what happened next.

Do you receive a special packet? Is it a sticker placed in your passport? Is it an actual card like the green card here in the USA?

There is conflicting information at the Migration Agency website. If I understand correctly, I will receive my residence card from an agency office in Sweden.

So here we go again with the questions.

Is the approval an e-mail, phone call, or snail mailed notification? Will I receive my permit from an office in Sweden or do I go to an embassy here in the USA? If I have to go to an embassy, does that mean New York, DC, or San Diego? If I receive it in Sweden, does that mean I re-enter Sweden the same way I have for visiting with nothing more than my passport and my approval notification?

I am currently sitting in the USA as I had to return for my interview. My return ticket to Sweden is in October. If I am correct, I can return in October. When I am notified they are ready to make a decision, I can just hop the train to Denmark to show that I am not in Sweden. They will then notify me of my approval. Once I receive my approval, I will simply go to the local Migration Agency office to receive my permit. Can someone please tell me if this is accurate?

It is far too expensive to travel back and forth every 3 months.

It is killing us to be apart and there is no way we can stay separated as newly weds who are trying to conceive a baby.

If someone can answer these questions who has already been through the process and actually knows the process, I think it will help everyone who is anxiously waiting to start their new life in Sweden.


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