3 Aug, 2017
Age: 25
Status: applied for work permit extension

Why did you move to Sweden?

Swedish partner.

What do you wish you knew about Sweden, when you first moved here?

That it takes a lot of time and paperwork to become a functioning member of society.

How would you compare the Swedish work culture to your home country’s work culture?

Much greater respect for a work/life balance. More understanding of personal matters. Shorter working hours and much more time off. Closer relationship between workers and management. Compared to my jobs in Canada it seems there is less of a divide between management and staff. During casual chat at fika for example, it seems everyone gets to know each other on a more personal level.

What’s your favourite part about living in Sweden?

People in Sweden seem to value the smaller things in life like spending time outdoors, relaxing, and being with friends and family.

What do you struggle with the most in Sweden?

Even for someone like me from Canada, the winter here is very long. The darkness in the winter is hard to deal with, and it can be difficult to stay energetic.

Did you fill in the form for the work permit extension application yourself?

Yes, with some help from my boss.

When did you apply for your work permit extension and what’s the current state?

I still do not have a case worker. I applied in the first week of March, so I have been waiting for 5 months.

Any tips for people doing the work permit extension application?

Try to make sure everything is correct the first time, because it will take even longer if something has to be revised later. I have just heard this, but I have been waiting 5 months since my original application. When they finally look at my application, I want everything to be in order because any adjustments I must make, will of course take even more time!

Migration Agency
Written by Nicola Owen