Sweden – Residence Permit

Sweden – Residence Permit

As I said before on this blog, I’m going to continue my study in Software Engineering starting this September in Sweden. I will get there in August, 2 weeks before my courses start, to adapt myself in a significant new environment. I said “significant”, because at this moment I’m living in a crowded and busiest city in Indonesia called Jakarta, and I’ll be living in a quiet peaceful village (as mentioned by my new friend in there) called Karlskrona, and I will be living surrounded by Sea! Yeah! Sea!

Now, before I could get there, as an Indonesian, I need some kind of visa to enter Sweden. For you, Indonesian, who wanted to study in Sweden, I’m going to inform you how to get a Residence Permit to Enter Sweden.Β Wait, is it a Visa or is it the Residence Permit? A Visa is needed when you intend to live in Sweden for not more than 3 months, for students who will be living at least a year, must apply for a Residence Permit.

This is how it looks like
This is how it looks like

Now, this is what you have to do to:

  1. Make sure you have an Admission Letter from your aim University, in my case it is from Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH). Most of students who aim a Sweden University, applied from universityadmissions.se. I was applied for Erasmus Mundus in Software Engineering (EMSE), so my first Admission Letter was coming from EMSE Consortium. Later on I’ve been told, that I will received another Admission Letter from BTH, and this letter came on late May.
  2. Make sure you have paid for your Tuition Fee. Though I was applying through Erasmus Mundus Consortium, I didn’t get the scholarship, which means I have to pay the study (and my living cost) on my own. After I received BTH’S Admission Letter, I processed the tuition fee payment immediately. The BTH’s staff informed me when the payment is received, and I can continue to the next step.
  3. Make sure you had a Health Insurance. If you are a scholarship recipient, this should be provided by your scholarship provider. if you are not, then you must have a 30.000 euros insurance, provided by any insurance company here in Indonesia. Thanks to God, I didn’t have to prepare that sum of money because my University provides the Health Insurance.
  4. Make sure you have sufficient amount of money for your living cost, printed on your own name. In my case, I will be studying in Sweden for a year, then continue the study in Germany. When you apply for a year, you only need to have 10 months living cost of 7300 SEK (Swedish Krona) per month. So the total amount in your bank account should not be less than 73000 SEK (109.500.000 rupiahs / $10.950). You can ask your bank to provide a Recommendation Letter, a proof that state you have this amount. But my method was: I scanned my bank account book, then printed the last 6 months journal of my account transaction from internet banking.
  5. Now, you have your Admission Letter and Health Insurance, you have paid your tuition fee, and you have your bank proof, you only need to scan it all (if they didn’t come as digital file) and a scan of your passport (the identity information and pages contain stamped from other places you went).
  6. Apply Online. Yes, it is online. Prepare about 40 minutes to 1 hour of your time in front of the computer to fill some form and upload your files. It’s easy and fast. But if you cannot apply online, you need to download a form and send it with copies of your files to Sweden Embassy in Jakarta.

I put my data online on 05/29, I got a phone by Sweden Embassy’s staff two days later telling me that I have granted the residence permit, and I have to come to Sweden Embassy’s office on 05/06 to take picture, fingerprint and signature, no interview needed. Very fast, huh? Yeah, I like Sweden already!

I finally got my Residence Permit card last thursday, 06/20 (as they promised me in advanced that the card will be delivered in two weeks). There’s no need to put some stickers on my passport, because the card itself have a same function as a Schengen Visa. This means, I can travel the whole countries in Europe that allows Schengen Visa! I hope I can make time and money to do the travel! Amin!


14 thoughts on “Sweden – Residence Permit

  1. I’m going to inform you how to get a Residence Permit to Enter Sweden. Wait, is it a Visa or is it the Residence Permit? A Visa is needed when you intend to live in Sweden for not more than 3 months, for students who will be living at least a year, must apply for a Residence Permit.

  2. Kalau sudah beres visa dan residence permitnya berarti tinggal berangkat. Moga2x lancar semua ya…. Aminnnn πŸ™‚

  3. Jangan lupa bawa multi vitamin (enervon C) supaya nggak langsung sakit saat tiba di Sweden karena kaget dengan suhu. Biar namanya summer tetep aja dingin buat orang Indonesia hehe :), buat jaga2x aja bawa bahan makanan yang disukai kalau tiba2x homesick (masuk bagasi tapinya, jangan di hand luggage). Saya dulu bawa teri medan yang sudah dimasak, kue nastar, kue putri salju dll dari Indonesia. It helps a lot! Guaranteed! Makannya dikit2x, supaya nggak langsung habis πŸ™‚

      1. Haha…. Mantab…. Mumpung masih sempet, dipikir2x aja kira2x benda apa nanti yang bisa bantu mengingatkan dengan rumah kalo lagi homesick, paling parah nanti saat winter (dingin, gelap dll). BTW, email diriku salah ternyata, buat test baru aja kirim ke akun gmail dirimu πŸ™‚

    1. Iyo, mas didut, harus ada segitu, kebetulan karena aku ga pake beasiswa juga sih.. Dan ngikutin kurs saat mau apply.. Kalo dapet beasiswa mah, tinggal tunjukin aja dokumen pendukung dari pemberi beasiswanya, biasanya udah lengkap sekalian sertifikat health insurance-nya.. πŸ™‚

  4. Salam kenal mba, saat ini saya juga sedang proses apply RP Swedia. Mau nanya, kalau saya lihat di foto RPnya, place and date of issue nya 01-08-13. Itu apa berarti pas ngisi form aplikasi RP, mba memang memilih tanggal 1 Agustus 2013 sebagai tanggal awal residence permit di Swedia? Terima kasih

    1. Hi Rio!

      Yap, benar, waktu itu apply-nya untuk mulai tanggal 1 Agustus 2013.

      Di kota mana di Swedianya? Belajar atau kerja? ih kepo ya gue.. πŸ˜† Sapa tau bisa bantu-bantu πŸ˜‰

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