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Had a meeting with my new caseworker today. Had absolutely no idea what to expect going in, and apparently she was a bit confused as well. She had my file, and it shows that I was denied a student permit several times. She then said that since it's taken the office in Malmö so long to decide my most recent application, I haver the right to appeal.

When I applied, it was for a three month extension of stay. This was because I met so many awesome people, and wanted to stay a bit longer. I never intended to stay permanently. I'd been denied a student permit, and while I still think that denial is bullshit, it's over and done and I accept and respect their decision.

New caseworker lady seemed to think that I was trying to deceive the government, though. She read me the decision (was all in Swedish and pretty long, so I'm grateful for that) and apparently the Malmö office was mad that I hadn't shown them a return flight ticket. They also thought that since I'd been denied a student permit, I was trying to find any way to stay here permanently. Not the case, but I can see how they'd think that.

What gets me about that though, is that tickets from here to the States cost almost a thousand US dollars. Why the hell would I have bought one before I applied for the extension? If it had been approved, obviously I couldn't have flown home. And if I didn't know the date I'd be leaving, how could I be expected to book a flight anyway? It'd cost either a fortune to buy a rebookable ticket or a fortune to change the date.

Bah. Anyway. New casewoker lady had the decision, but I never got a copy of it. It was never sent to me. This seemed to surprise my caseworker, but it...kinda seems to be the way things work with these people lol. Apparently they didn't make a decision until May 28th anyway lol. Fucking slackers. But since it took them so long, caseworker says I have the right to appeal. I have three weeks to decide, and then if I do appeal, she says it'll take either several or seven months for the next decision. I'm assuming she said several since seven seems a bit excessive lol. But either way, I guess.

She says she thinks I should go home, that I can come back in three months. And that I knew the rules before coming, yada yada. This was said in a tone as if I'd had it planned all along and did this on purpose to mislead them. Uh, no. Yes, I knew the rules, and I followed them...they didn't give me a student permit. I came for a 3 month stay, and applied for an extension because I met friends and wanted to stay longer. I wasn't trying to deceive anyone, and it was never my intention to stay permanently. They think it was, but I guess that's on them since there's really nothing I can do to DISPROVE it. Then again, they can't really prove it, either.

Caseworker highly recommended going home. I can see that; they're not gonna approve me, they think I'm trying to stay for good. But I feel I'm within my rights to be here as long as it's legal, even if I'm just waiting for them to deny me.

So, I don't know. I think I'm going to appeal and hopefully get to stay long enough for my next check to come.
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I finally heard from Migrationsverket today. They want me to go to a meeting in Boden on Friday at 2pm. I called to speak to the lady that sent me the letter, since it had DD's name on it too. She assured me that it's fine and she only needs me to be there, though. She just did that because I used DD as my "main contact" while I'm here.

I'm scared to death. I know I shouldn't be...even if they send me home, it's not like I can never come back. Still, I'm terrified. I don't know what they could possibly want to ask me.

Then again...if they were gonna deny me, they'd just go ahead and deny me, right? I mean, my application was only until April 19th., They obviously know that I'm here past the date I applied for, so I'd think that if they were upset they'd simply tell me to go home. Instead they want to discuss my case. The lady I'm meeting with sounded very nice too.

I don't wanna get my hopes up since I did that before and it turned out to be a bit of a disaster. Still...the fact that they wanna meet with me can only be a good sign, right? I mean, otherwise they'd just tell me to go home, wouldn't they? It wouldn't make sense for them to ask me to go talk with them if they could just send me something saying GTFO.

Still. Panic attacks are getting to me. This thing takes place on Friday and I just got the letter today. Which is fine, they only sent it last Thursday, but still. That's not a ton of notice and I'm pretty damn anxious about it.

I know that I've been very lucky, even if I do end up having to go home. I've been in Pite since October 21st. I've made amazing friends. I've seen very beautiful cities and countryside and wilderness. I've adapted to a culture very different from my own. It's been an experience I wouldn't trade for all the money in the world. But I still want to stay.

This place is my home. I don't want to leave, even if only for three months.
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Seriously. it would solve so many of my problems! EU citizens have right of residence in Sweden, so they can just come here and stay. Americans, however, are basically treated as third world citizens and told to GTFO after three months unless they can somehow secure a reason to stay, namely a job or a Swedish significant other, in which case they have to go back to America to apply anyway.

Don't get me wrong, I despise America and all the political bullshit that comes along with being born there. I just...gah. I know it's not personal but sometimes I feel like I'm being punished for where I'm from. They wouldn't let me have a student residence permit, which I suppose is understandable since it's an online program, although I'm still a full time student at Lund. I can still come and stay for three months at a time without needing to do anything special, and that's rather nice. It's just the three months AFTER that when I can't set foot anywhere in the Schengen area that gets to me. I can always apply for an extension of stay but I believe that's limited to three months as well, so if I'm lucky i can stay here 6 months at a time. Yikes.

I have no problem traveling. I enjoy it, but I'd really like to have a home somewhere for more than 90 days at a time. I love my apartment here and I want to get it set up nicely, but if I'm going to have to leave so soon, it seems rather pointless to buy decent furniture and appliances. I'm pretty sure I could sublet the place for the three months I have to be gone and simply leave my stuff here for the subletter to use, but still. Ick.

I know I have it so much better than so many people and I'm not trying to act all "woe is me," I'm just venting. I love it here in Pite so effing much and it hurts to know I'll have to leave. I feel like I've finally found somewhere I belong and I want to stay!!

Anyone want to throw me a job and/or date me? Or just act like you are so I can get a residence permit? I has moneys to support myself! lols

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