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* 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’

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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