‘Sweden offers far more opportunities to students’ 23


* Sweden’s parliament also relaxes labour immigration rules

By Nauman Tasleem

LAHORE: The Swedish government welcomes students and offers them a lot of opportunities, said Nawal Atmé, Swedish Embassy first secretary to migration attaché in Pakistan.

Talking to Daily Times, she said education in Sweden was free and students had to only pay their boarding and lodging expenses.

Atmé has served in several countries and this is her second tenure in Pakistan. In her previous tenure, she also worked for the rehabilitation of the October 8, 2005, earthquake victims and supervised the Swedish Refugee Board – seconded to United Nations High Commission for Refugees. “According to Migration Board rules, a student must have 7,300 CHF (Rs 70,640) a month,” she said, adding that the board decided to grant residence permit to students.

She said students, instead of contacting agents, should apply directly for themselves. She said all information was available online so students should not fall prey to agent mafia.

“The agents should be discouraged, as they mint money from students by making false promises of getting visas from our embassy. In reality they cannot get a residence visa,” she said. “It is really hilarious to see advertisements of agents in newspapers to attract students.”

She said the agents not only deceived students in Pakistan, but also in other countries like India, Bangladesh and Nigeria.

Documents, including an application form and an admission letter in Swedish university, a bank statement and health insurance were necessary for obtaining a visa. The bank statement should be in the name of the student, she said.

Atmé said the embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, after scrutinising documents, sent them to the Migration Board.

“We only check the authenticity of documents attached with the application, we conduct interviews, check bank statements and send the applications to the board. It is the board that decides to grant a residence permit or not,” she said.

To a question, she answered that the embassy could not take action against the agents, adding that students were told not to pay unnecessary fees to the agents. In 2008, the embassy had received around 5,000 applications from Pakistan, she said.

Furthermore, the applicants kept on calling the embassy to get information, but it was not possible to respond to every applicant, she said.

Labour rules: Sweden’s parliament has also relaxed labour immigration rules on December 15, 2008.

The rules stipulate that individual employers rather than the Swedish Public Employment Service will decide whether there is a need to recruit foreign workers. Atmé said there were security concerns in Pakistan, but she was never afraid and enjoyed her work.

Source: Daily Times, 21-Jan-09

 


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23 thoughts on “‘Sweden offers far more opportunities to students’

  • Junaid Hassan

    hi….I WANT TO STUDY IN SWEDEN ..CAN ANY 1 HELP ME AND GIVE ME FULL DETAIL THAT HOW CAN I GET ADMISSION AND HOW CAN I GO THERE…???

  • Imran

    Message for all

    Chk studera.nu n u will get all information about admissions MS and Bachelors (undergraduate)
    this is site from where i got admitted in Orebro university in Ms Robotics.
    Don’t consider it as a conultant’s site , this is official website for admission to sweden and they doesn’t charge any cost for that ,
    u just go through this site and find ur related information
    All i want is just remember me in ur prayers …
    Regards for all
    Imran Habib

  • Neelum Shahzadi

    HEllo sir/Madam
    i wants information about study vesa in sweden plz tell me a process to apply there.
    Thanks.

  • Neelum Shahzadi

    hello
    Sir/Madam
    i wants to apply for study vesa in sweden so plz tell me the process to apply there in good way.
    thanks.

  • Ashar

    just log on to http://www.studera.nu
    create account …
    search courses once the admissions open up
    apply
    wait to be accepted….

    I have checked this website, it seems to be OK. I have removed the email address of the commenter.(Moderator)

  • Adeel Muhammad

    SUBJECT: Asking About “THE INSTANT VISA PROCESS”

    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    1). I have selected for the 01 year MBA program at Karlstad University and the first introductory class is commencing from 27th of August this year. I didn’t apply for the visa till date because of no liquid cash in my account, require, for getting the study visa.
    2). Tomorrow, I will receive the required amount i.e. 73000 SEK for 01 year and will apply for the visa.
    3). I understand that the visa process takes minimum of 6 week and it shows that this duration is exceeding the commencement date i.e. 27th of August.
    4). I e-mailed to the Course Director, Course Administrator and Course Secretary for granting an extension in the time framework but, still I didn’t receive any response from their side and the main factor “TIME” is passing away.
    5). Can it feasible to you or any other responsible person to process my visa application within 07 days and an interview call as soon as possible?
    6). I belong to the middle income group and you can’t imagine how, difficultly, i arranged this liquid amount instead of having a property worth.
    7). Kindly acknowledge me immediately as I have limited time.

    Kind regards,
    Adeel Muhammad.

  • Muhammad Rafeeq

    dear sir/madam i am done Diploma in mechanical i want to take add mission in Sweden for under graduate program e. reply soon.

  • Muhammad Imran Khan

    Dear,
    i got my visa for the Master programe in Orebro univrsity in Sweden, i was given the arivel date 5 Sept but i could’nt made my presence there on 5th of Sept. so i need if you can guied me that what should i do now further, is there a proper way for me because i intend to go in 1 and half week,
    thanks

  • USMAN

    Dear Respect,

    I Want To Get Information About The Swedish Study.I Mean I Want To Know How can I Apply For Study,Whats The Procedure Of Fees Ant Others.I Will Be Thankful To U About It.
    Thanks

  • Atif Khan

    Dear brother and sisters ,

    Nice to see you all here in this blog section .I have get admission and I would like to know what would be the expense and is that possible to get a black job in Sweden because I know part time jobs are merely impossible there

  • muhammad qasim

    hi,
    i got admission in master of science in statistics in obrebro university .

    is there any one got admission in that unversity?

    how much bank statement(for two year course) its require ?

    any one share any information?
    qasim swabi pakistan

  • Said ul Abrar

    hi….
    I LIKE IT TO Go FOR STUDY TO SWEDEN ..CAN ANY 1 HELP ME AND GIVE ME FULL DETAIL THAT HOW CAN I GET ADMISSION AND HOW CAN I GO THERE…?

    • muhammad qasim

      hi abrar…. the spring semester will be start 1st jun 2010. this session is free too. but u know that in spring semester there is a limited courses offer by university. you can apply and select a course.

      qasim

  • emmmanuel

    plz i will like u to give me infomation on bank statement to apply sweden student visa, bcos i just opened a bank account recently and by november first week went the admission result will be out for me to apply for the student visa in sweden embassy here in nigeria, the bank account i opened will be almost three months old, meanwhile the amount of money i require to be in my account is not a problem bcos i receive three times that amount in my account monthly and i do withdraw money for for my expenses, so iwant to know with dis bank statement that will be almost three months by the time i will apply for my student visa by november first week, if it week be accepted and qualified for visa issuance since the bak statement will be almost three months old by that time, like as i said some amount of money covering my total expenses for studying in sweden will be reserve in my bank account as well as also written in the bank statement i will present at the embassy for the student visa application, that is even though i will be withdrawing money for my own little persoally expenses, this money required to be in my account and bank statement will be reserve and intact in my account for the embassy to inquire. so iwant to know with all this if my bank statement will be accepted for the sweden student visa and also to know if i will be granted the sweden student visa with such bank statement of almost three months old.

  • emmmanuel

    am a nigerian, plz i will like u to give me infomation on bank statement to apply sweden student visa, bcos i just opened a bank account recently and by november first week went the admission result will be out for me to apply for the student visa in sweden embassy here in nigeria, the bank account i opened will be almost three months old, meanwhile the amount of money i require to be in my account is not a problem bcos i receive three times that amount in my account monthly and i do withdraw money for for my expenses, so iwant to know with dis bank statement that will be almost three months by the time i will apply for my student visa by november first week, if it week be accepted and qualified for visa issuance since the bak statement will be almost three months old by that time, like as i said some amount of money covering my total expenses for studying in sweden will be reserve in my bank account as well as also written in the bank statement i will present at the embassy for the student visa application, that is even though i will be withdrawing money for my own little persoally expenses, this money required to be in my account and bank statement will be reserve and intact in my account for the embassy to inquire. so iwant to know with all this if my bank statement will be accepted for the sweden student visa and also to know if i will be granted the sweden student visa with such bank statement of almost three months old.

  • asma

    for your information
    sweden free education is going to end from 2011 it is mentioned on swedish gov website
    now sweden is not giving admissions for pakistani students
    i am studying in spain i think that is the better to way make ur life better
    miss_asma349@yahoo.com