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Swedish Resident Permit

Hi!

I have been quite off the grid lately and now its time to blog. Today, I will be discussing the Swedish Resident Permit for studying in Sweden. So, if you’re a new admit at KTH, you might find this blog useful.

Who needs a resident permit?

The Swedish Migration Agency – Migrationsverket is responsible for processing and granting the Resident permit. You will need a resident permit,

  1. If you’re not a citizen of EU countries.
  2. If you’re planning to study in Sweden for more than three months.

In case your study period is for less than three months and you don’t belong to the EU countries, you will still need an entry visa to enter Sweden. Most importantly and obviously, your resident permit or VISA must be in place before you travel. It must be valid even during the time you board your flight. So book your flight accordingly.

Are you an EU citizen? Click here. 

When should you apply?

The process takes about 1 – 3 months depending on whether you have submitted everything correctly. If you haven’t the migration agency will email you for further details and this will add more time. So its better to apply around May, if you plan to travel in August, which I guess would be the case. This is how the process looks like as given by Migrationsverket.

Things you need!

The requirements for online application as stated by the Swedish Migration Agency is here.

Well, the general requirements are

  1. You must have gotten a full-time admission at any Swedish university. Letter of acceptance can be downloaded from the university admissions portal.
  2. You must have paid the tuition fee
  3. Bank statements showing required funding
  4. Scholarship letter if you have been awarded any
  5. Passport copy to show your identity

We’ll talk more about the application process and enclosures soon.

Things to do:

Applying for an international visa or resident permit is usually a lot of paperwork and that can be a daunting process but getting the Swedish resident permit is quite simple and straightforward. There is a very clear process and if one follows it, there shouldn’t be any difficulty.

The first thing to do is to get all the documents preferably in a pdf format. Make sure the quality isn’t too low or too high, “lagom” as they say it. Second thing is to start the process by creating your account. Once you have created your account, Migrationsverket will send you the login credentials to your email.

I have tried to follow a sample process for the blog. I have attached the screenshots so you can understand better. 🙂

I guess the audience for this blog would be the first-timers since I am assuming that those extending would already know the process. So you start by creating a “New Application”.

Next, you would be asked to choose the nearest embassy. The Indians have Swedish embassy in New Delhi. The other embassies do not have the facility to take the bio-metrics. So, it is always the one at the capital. 

Later, it is about filling in your travel details as shown below. You need to have a valid passport during your entire study period. If yours is about to expire or is at a different address, do all the necessary work to get the Passport ready. I had to change my address before applying for my RP. 

Now, this is the important step. You need to mention your application number and add that reference here for the Migrationsverket to access your admission information.

Also, if you are doubtful about anything during the application process, don’t forget to click on the links on the side panel. Like below. They have great help points all along the way.

For those bringing their spouses, parents or children along, can give “Yes” for the co-applicant section and follow the process. For the rest, it is a “No”

Now comes the most confusing part for many which is actually quite the simplest. I have a sample screenshot attached here to help you understand. If you are self-funding, then your funding must be in your bank account. Showing a loan letter will not be accepted. You must have the loan amount disbursed to your account in case you’re taking out a loan. So the amount column is where you mention the amount in your bank statement and the currency is where you specify your country’s currency. The Rate will change every day, so you can use the link given right there to get the recent conversion rate on that day. The total amount must be equal to or greater than the required funding you must have during your study period. You can usually apply for an RP for 12 months or 13 months. I applied for 13 months. You need to extend it later on depending on how long you intend to stay in Sweden. Here is something from the Migrationsverket…

When you apply for a residence permit you must be able to show that you possess sufficient funds to pay your living expenses during the period for which you are applying. You do this with your own bank savings, scholarship, etc. If you have bank savings you must enclose a bank statement which shows that you have money available in an account or accounts that belong to you. If you have received a scholarship you must enclose documents to prove this. Both the scholarship letter and the payment plan for the scholarship should be enclosed.

It is important that any document enclosed to show that you possess sufficient funds for the application period shows your name and date of issue. It is also preferable that the document is either in English or in Swedish to facilitate the process of your application.

We do not accept that a sponsor (for example a relative) covers your support while you are in Sweden, unless the funds are lodged in your own account. It cannot be considered as your own assets if you share the account with, for example, your parents or a relative.

The support requirement is at present a minimum of SEK 8,190 per month. If you apply for one year or more you must show that you can support yourself for 10 months per year. As I mentioned earlier, this is the part where you need to attach all the documents. It is pretty straightforward.

The final step would be to save the submit your application. Make note of the control number which is something you will need throughout the process. 

Once, the application is submitted you will receive an email regarding your application fee payment. The application fee is 1000 SEK for an adult and 500 SEK for children. You can read more about fee payment here.

Checking your decision

You will receive an email once your case has been settled also you can see your status here. And you need to schedule a visit to the embassy to give your biometrics. Once you have submitted your biometrics, it takes about 3 weeks for you to receive your resident permit card. So, all together, it is safe to do the finish the process at the earliest.

Biometrics

Once the decision is made, the next simple process is to visit the embassy to give your fingerprints and photograph. You can follow the process as stated here. Here is an excerpt…

Biometrics can only be submitted at the Embassy of Sweden in New Delhi.

Applicants need to visit the Embassy in New Delhi at some point when applying in order to submit biometrics for the residence permit card. This visit can take place anytime during the application process (bring the passport registered in the application for identification).

Once the case has been settled by the Migration Agency and the applicant has submitted biometrics, it normally takes three to four weeks for the card to be sent to the Embassy.

The residence permit card can be couriered to an address of your choice for a courier charge of 500 INR to be paid by bank card or bank draft in favour of Embassy of Sweden (visa), New Delhi at the Embassy (non-applicable to areas that are non-serviceable to Blue Dart). In other cases, the card needs to be collected at the Embassy or a consulate.

No prior appointment for biometrics is needed – visit the Embassy during the Visa section´s opening hours Monday, Thursday, Friday 9-11 and Tuesday 14-16

So, that is all about it. You’re done with the entire process. Relax and start packing your bags. Your Resident permit is on its way.

Hope that helped.

See ya!

Part-Time Jobs- Is it possible?

Hello all!

Are you a new student at KTH? or perhaps someone wondering about the possibility of earning while you study? Please go on reading the blog post.

Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding part-time jobs, summer jobs, thesis, and work prospects after graduation. So, I thought I would write a detailed post about what my friends and I do to earn some money while still studying.

Part-Time Jobs

Sweden is a very expensive place to live in. The rent, travel, and food together will for sure cost you about 4000-7000 SEK depending on how you spend. You can read about my monthly expenses in here. Having an opportunity to work part-time while studying will definitely be useful at least to spend on travels or food and can ease the tension on your budget a great deal . Finding a part-time job isn’t a very difficult thing and it mostly depends on your skills and preferences. I am listing down few possibilities in here, hope you find it useful.

Research Assistantship/ Teaching Assistantship

RA and TA are the most common part-time jobs on campus, especially in the US. Well, it is not very common here but the most convenient one for sure. You can definitely work as a teaching assistant for a professor or research assistant in the Lab because they pay pretty well, they can actually cover your rent. Also, the work isn’t very difficult as they align with your stream. It probably will make life more interesting. At least that’s what I feel from my experience working as an RA in the lab. You can read a bit more about my RA work profile in my LinkedIn if you’re very interested 🙂

The opportunities are certainly many and wide. You will usually get to know about the requirements from the teaching assistants, professors and sometimes friends. But getting selected into one could be highly competitive, often times they have a very specific requirement. And, only if you fit in that requirement or show genuine interest to spend extra time to learn it, will they take you in. Since the competition is pretty high from other international students, this can be quite difficult to get in unless you really fulfill their requirement. When I have found an RA job for myself, am sure you can find as well. Networking is the key to know about openings while getting selected depends on your skillset.

International Relations Office

Being a student blogger, a student ambassador, Instagram and Facebook page curator are few of the many jobs that one can be offered by the International Relations Office. Usually, openings for these positions are posted on the KTH website. You will not receive any email asking you to apply. You will have to keep looking for it on the website and apply promptly on time. The selection process will be based on your motivation and your performance in the interview. Sometimes, your school will have to recommend you as well. So, different positions may have different processes and you can read about them in the job description. They pay quite well to at least take care of your monthly food expense. Again, they are all quite competitive as one would expect them to be 🙂

Foodora/ Saravanaa Bhavan/ Espresso House/Pubs

Apart from the jobs on the campus, there are other jobs that one can do in their spare-time and make more money than the campus jobs actually. Most of these jobs don’t require you to know Swedish. English will just be enough. Well, Few might demand basic Swedish language, which you can learn in your first period and then start working. Or, you can also start learning already using apps like Duolingo, Babbel, Memrise etc. They are pretty good to get you started. I have many friends who work in Foodora, which is basically a food delivery job and it pays pretty well. A fun job to go around the city on your bike during the summer and get paid for it! You can also be a customer attendant at restaurants. Since Saravanaa Bhavan started quite recently here, I have a lot of my friends who work part-time at the restaurant for a good pay and get free Indian food as well.  Being a DJ in a pub or bartender are also few available options for the skilled ones.

Part-time software programmer/ consultant

If you are good at software programming, getting a part-time job can be quite easy. They pay on an hourly basis and you have the luxury of working from home while attending weekly meetings either at the office or on Skype. These are quite convenient. They don’t demand Swedish language. You have absolute flexible timing and comfort. But finding these are not very easy, you must broaden your network and tell your contacts that you’re looking for one.  One good tip is to always keep your profile updated on LinkedIn. Nothing works like networking in Sweden and this should be your mantra if you want to find a job, be it part-time or full-time. Networking!

Study buddy/ Babysitting/ participating in research experiments

There are also other fun jobs that don’t really take much of your mind and time. Like tutoring a kid during the weekends or babysitting. These are quite simple and is often on a case by case assignment basis. There are many websites like this one, where you can sign up and they will notify you if you fit in any requirement, you get paid if you take it up. There are often some simple jobs like helping parents in dropping the kids at school in the mornings and that half an hour time with little lovely children can pay you quite a sum as well. Apart from these, researchers often conduct experiments that require volunteers who get paid or get a cinema ticket for taking part. Two weeks back, I was in an economics related research that paid me 500 SEK for playing a game for one hour with my other friends. Quite a fun way to make some money to spend your weekend without feeling guilty, if you know what I mean 😉

Summer Jobs

Summers are the best time to work and you can make as much as 120 SEK per hour.So, you will work for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks. Now, you do the math. That’s a quite a sum! Also, the experience and the industry contacts! Armada is the place to start with for your summer jobs. You can read about Armada here. Most of my friends have already found summer jobs, including myself :). The key is to apply early and NETWORKING, of course!

Final Word of Caution

One thing to always remember is that you are here to study at the moment. Making money can always be done after finishing the programme. So, don’t get into very demanding jobs and make sure you don’t lose your concentration on your studies cause of the part-time jobs. It is important to have a balance. I would recommend getting an on-campus job as they are not very demanding and one at the Lab can motivate you a great deal to further your studies and career, plus it is safer. Choose your part-time at your own discretion because the university has nothing to do if it is not offered by the university. So, don’t get into any trouble. As such the resident visa for student doesn’t have any restriction on part-time jobs but do give you maximum time for academics.

I hope this blog helped you! Good luck!

If you have any questions, I request you to post it here in the comment section because I often happen to miss the chats in my social media accounts. Thank you for understanding 🙂

 

Are you admitted to study at KTH?

Congratulations!

If you are here, you are probably been admitted to KTH or you’re in the reserve list. Well, then go on reading, cause this blog post is for you!

April 6th is indeed a big day for many because the selection results for the master’s application was published in the universityadmissions portal. But, right after you see your decision, it is quite natural to have a million questions about what to do next. Even though everything is clearly listed in the portal, sometimes we need to hear the same thing again from a person just to make sure that we are doing it right. It is, of course, understandable because this is one of the most important phases of every student’s life. A big decision, a huge expense and one hell of a process for sure.

Alright, let’s get down to business now…

Admitted/ Conditionally admitted

Okay, this is one question that is flooding my inbox right now, “I am conditionally admitted! What does that mean? Do I have a chance?”. Relax! Conditionally admitted is what most of you will be seeing. If you are a fee-paying student, that is, if you don’t belong to the EU/ EEA countries, then this is what you will see. Your status in the portal will be conditionally admitted until you have paid your fees. If you’re a scholarship holder or if you for some reason have already paid, then wait for a few weeks for it to change. So, don’t be alarmed if you see that you’re conditionally admitted. It mostly means that you’re admitted. Congrats!

Also, conditionally admitted can be your status if you haven’t submitted any of the documents-your university mark sheet or so. In this case, you will be communicated by email in the coming days regarding what you need to do. Check your email every day. And, dont forget to visit New at KTH page.

Replying to your offer

You don’t need to necessarily reply if you’re accepting the offer, usually. But, if you are planning to decline the offer, then please decline so in the portal!

It is quite common that students apply to multiple universities. So, if you have gotten admission to another university elsewhere and you know that you won’t be going to KTH. Then, it is very important that you decline the offer before the deadline because your decision will free up space for the people on the waiting list.

I am placed on the waiting list

This is a bit tricky situation. If you’re on the waiting list, you still have a chance to get admitted. And, your waiting list number doesn’t mean much. So, don’t lose hope yet. If the people who got admitted happen to decline, then you have a chance. So until all that process is done, there is still a possibility that you can get a spot. Keep checking the portal!

Deleted/ Not-processed

If you see either of these, then you probably didn’t meet the entry requirements or you didn’t submit your application on time or you got admitted to another programme or university that you had marked with a higher priority. You cannot do much in here but you can write to the universityadmissions portal if you have any questions.

So, What Next?

Now that you’re admitted to KTH, you must be so concerned about so many other things. Relax again! KTH will communicate all the instructions very soon by email, probably, in two or three weeks.  The tuition fee invoices will also be emailed to you by mid-April or earlier. You can start arranging funds because the deadline could be around the end of May. If you’re going to take out a loan, you can download your notifications letter in the universityadmissions portal, cause the bank guys will ask you that. This is your official offer letter. KTH will not send you any other official letter for your loan or VISA process, unlike the many US universities that we are very used to seeing.

 Alright, I know that you cannot really wait until the email communications from KTH to arrive, so in the meantime, I can tell you about few things that you can look into 🙂

Residence Permit

If you are someone from the non-EU/EEA countries then you need a residence permit to be able to live and study in Sweden. The Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket is responsible for giving out the residence permit.

You can start applying for the residence permit once you are done paying your tuition fee. The residence permit is given for a maximum period of 13 months and then you will have to apply for an extension in your second year. I will be writing a detailed blog post about the residence permit process very soon. But, for now, it is good to start looking into the process and prepare all the documents that are needed. You can click here to read about it.

Accommodation

The next best thing to be researching about is to where you would like to live in Stockholm. And, this depends on your budget, comfort preferences, the location of your school, etc. Again, I will be writing a detailed blog post about this as well. In the meantime, you can read about the various accommodations available for KTH student in here. Also, I hope you are aware that KTH gives you a guaranteed 11 months accommodation facility for the international fee-paying students and scholarship holders who have been admitted to either the master’s or the Bachelor’s programme.

You can start by seeing where you could possibly be having your classes because KTH has campuses across the city, so it is wiser to live nearby. The next thing is to consider the type of accommodation- corridor room, shared room, studio apartment etc. And, the biggest thing is to consider the cost and to see if it fits your budget. Master’s is a costly affair, so planning is crucial. We’ll talk more about accommodation in the coming blog posts. I am just giving you a heads up now.

Courses

Now that you’re admitted, everything will eventually fall in place and you will start understanding the process better with every email you get from KTH and by reading the blogs over and over again, that’s what I did. But one more important step in the process is to look into your courses. I know that you must have already looked into the programme, the courses and that’s why you even applied, but now is the time to take a closer look at every course, to see when they are being given, how much load it would be, if you can manage to have the kinda courses you are planning to take each period. A bit of research about courses will help you better understand and structure your master’s programme. Again, a detailed blog about understanding your courses, study plan etc is on its way soon.

Alright, I hope this post helped you all. If you want to know more about anything, drop a comment and I will write a detailed blog post if needed. As promised in this post, the other blogs will be posted shortly. Good luck to you all and congratulations once again!

~Sindhu

Let’s get used to Sweden! – Part 1

Hi There!

When I came to Sweden, a lot of things seemed new to me and it took me a while for getting used to all that, for example, the cars here drive on the right-hand side of the road and the driver seat is built on the left-hand side of the car. But, this may not feel very different if you have traveled to many countries and have been used to this already, unlike me. I mean, I don’t drive here, but it’s weird when you are trying to cross the road and you forget which way the car would come and look on the wrong side 😅🙈🙆‍♀️

In this post, I thought I will list down a few funny and weird things that uniquely characterizes Sweden.

Hej!

“Hej” is not just a word, its an emotion in Sweden. Everyone greets each other with a Hej which is pronounced much like “Hey”. “Hejsan”, “Tjenna” and “Tje” are also other greeting words that you would hear often. It might seem quite amusing when you see the bus driver greeting each and every passenger with a “Hej” when they get into the bus. For me as an Indian, where “Hey” is something very disrespectful to say to a person unless he is a very close friend, the culture of greeting even the professors with “Hej” was definitely a different experience that now I am used to.

The Toilets!

Okay, now this is the surely the top interesting one! Sweden is one the most gender-equal countries and that reflects in their toilets as well. Don’t be surprised if you see gender-neutral toilets around, where men and women use the same restroom. It is very common. But, I am not talking about the gender-neutral toilets here. I am talking about the non-gender-neutral toilets.

Sometimes, the toilets don’t have the symbol in them. It simply says “Dam” and “Herr”. Now if you’re someone like me, who tried to guess what the words could mean and thought “Herr” for women’s washroom then yay join the club of embarrassed ladies! Herr actually means “Mr.” in Swedish and Dam means lady, Damn! 🤣 It can be a fun experience to walk into the wrong toilet and to get weird looks from the actually embarrassed men 🤣😂 I have done that a lot! Oh, they were not on purpose by the way, just so I clarify. 😆

 

The week number

Most of the Swedes dont use the dates, its no more 1st of March, It is the Thursday of week 9. And, your interview letter might ask you, if your schedule looks free during the early week 10 or so. At first, you will be lost, I was too, but slowly one will get used to this. I haven’t started totally adopting the week system yet but I am getting closer for sure, because I see myself using it now and then. At least, it doesn’t piss me anymore. Although I do have to google the week numbers all the time… 😅

Alright, there are more interesting things to this list like the Licorice candy, funny Swedish words etc that one must absolutely get used to and I will continue to write about them in the next post. Until then do a little research about the cover picture if you don’t get it yet. Stay tuned!

Bye Bye

~Sindhu

 

A Lunch Lecture with Scania

Does one even need an introduction to Scania? A world-leading provider of transport solutions, Scania, a giant in its field, is a dream company for any engineering student. Today, Scania conducted a lunch lecture at the KTH main library. Also, Scania being one of the main sponsors of our Formula Student team, the lunch lecture was definitely something that I couldn’t miss. This particular lecture was a very unique one for the reason that, the two presenters from Scania are actually KTH alumni. Rightly named, “From KTH to Scania“, the seminar highlighted the transition from student life to a work life at Scania. The seminar also provided us with information brochures about various student programmes and Job opportunities at Scania.

The seminar began with Olivia Löwhagen, a Project Engineer in the group Advanced Industrial Engineering Transmission Assembly , and of course, a KTH alumus, sharing with us her journey from KTH to Scania. During her student period, she did her internship at Scania and also was part of the Global Trainee program at Scania. It was quite interesting when she spoke about how much fun she has at her work place, apart from her everyday work routine. Definitely, all work and no play makes it very boring, a healthy balance of fun and seriousness at work will make work life very enjoyable indeed.

Patrik Johannesson, who is a student relations manager at Scania, took us on a quick walk along with him through his journey to Scania. From studying mechanical engineering at KTH to becoming the process engineer, team leader, lean coordinator and now to a talent relations manager, he sure is having an amazing journey. It is also quite interesting to know how much flexibility Scania has given them to move horizontally across the company and the opportunity to experience different work groups within Scania.

Patrik also spoke about the various student programmes that are currently open for applications at Scania. He also mentioned about graduate programmes that students in the final year of studies can apply to. You can find all career related information at this link here. Also, you can email them regarding any queries at student@scania.com

Alexander Magnusson, a Formula Student team member, who has been part of the team for several years now, was also a presenter in the lecture. Alex has a long affiliation with Scania. He shared with us his experiences from his multiple summer jobs and also from being in the Scania Student Intro Programme. It was quite fascinating to me when he pointed out the fact that at Scania, he was working with similar tools as that we use in the Formula Student team. A leisure time student project as Formula Student can take one a long way. Not only that it is interesting and fun to build a race car, but its a huge learning experience and a great addition to one’s CV. Also, our industry sponsors are always our good contacts who can help us in the journey.

Few upcoming deadlines:

Summer Job at Södertälje4 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Summer Job at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Summer Job at Luleå: 4 Jan – 6 Mar 2018

Summer Technology Program at Oskarshamn: 4 Jan – 4 Mar 2018

Scania Engineer Program: 31 Jan – 22 Feb 2018

Studying at KTH gives one an array of opportunities, not just to learn and grow but also to finally land in that dream job. I do have mentioned about career fairs like Armada before, that gives the students an opportunity to interact with people from the industry. Apart from career fairs, there are also various other events like these lunch lectures that are held throughout the year, where people from different companies come over to the campus and give us a talk about their company, about different opportunities for students. These events are such an amazing forum to interact with the industry people, a great insight into what the company does, and also a  forum to get all your questions answered. And yeah, as the name says, they also provide you free lunch. With students living on such crunched up budget, a free lunch and great knowledge during your lunch hour is something to surely sign up for.

So, don’t forget to attend the career seminars and lunch seminars, you get a wealth of information and a load of motivation from these. For more information, you can check out the ARC calendar here. Also, look into the Career support page of KTH and follow their calendar as well.

See ya!

~ Sindhu