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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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As my planned departure date (Thursday, the 6th) gets closer, I can't help but consider staying in Piteå anyway.

I'm not manic, and I'm trying to be realistic and responsible. Yes, my caseworker said he suggests I travel home, but I'm legally allowed to stay until an official decision is made on my case. It seems a bit silly to throw away 9000kr in rent money for the 3 months I won't be here, as well as over 1000US on a plane ticket if there's no true, legal reason for me to leave.

Yay Sweden )

I love Pite. I feel at home here. I've never felt that way about any other place on Earth except for Edinburgh, and all of Scotland. But while I had an emotional connection there, I didn't have the personal connection with so many new friends that I've made here. I don't want to leave, and I'm not going to until I absolutely have to.
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GIS bores me to tears. I adore maps and thought that a program in Geographical Information Systems would allow me to gain insight into making them, at least to an extent. I knew it wasn't cartography and that the good majority of the course dealt with specific software, but I still was under the impression that it was a mapping program. Not really...it does deal with maps, but not in any way that's interesting to me. When I complete the program, I can be a land surveyor, and honestly I just do not care. I have no desire whatsoever to be a land surveyor or anything of the sort.

When I signed up for it, my main objective was simply to gain admission to a Swedish university in order to obtain a student residence permit and live here until the degree was completed. I did gain admission, but as the Migration Board likes to go in circles with its rules, it did me no good residence-permit wise. I fought, too. The entire summer was spent appealing, being told completely opposite things by Lund Uni and Migrationsverket, and struggling to understand just why I was being continually denied. In short, none of my appeals mattered. The case went to the highest court in Sweden, and they refused to even HEAR it. So, despite being a full time student at a Swedish university and receiving student aid that amounts to about 146,000SEK an academic year, I did not receive a student permit and am here as a tourist on an extended visit.

I COULD go to the expense of hiring a Swedish attorney and actually bringing the case before the court, and legally I'd stand a good chance of winning. But by the time I got the money to do it and actually went through the process, I'll be over 30. It just doesn't seem worth it for a degree I don't really care about lol.

Since gaining admission to a Swedish school did me no good, I don't really feel compelled to continue a degree that I care nothing about. I've been looking into graduate programs back home since I really miss the entire campus experience. I'm far too late to apply for the fall, but perhaps next spring or even next fall, should I choose to do so.

The only problem is that Ive fallen in love with Pite and have no desire to leave. As a tourist I'll have to eventually, yes, but I can come back after 90 days outside the Schengen area. If I pursue an on-campus program I wont be able to come back to stay for any significant length of time.

In my searching, however, I did come upon an online master's degree in History from the University of Nebraska. Online History Degree The requirements are pretty steep, so I'd more than likely have to complete a Graduate Certificate before I started the Master's program, but I adore history and that really wouldn't bother me much. I'd be able to spend a good deal of time in Pite too since the degree is online.

I don't know. I'm really at a sort of crossroads here. I can do basically anything I want when it comes to furthering my education, I just don't now exactly where or in what format. The degree in history would interest me, though. Guess I need to think hard about it and weigh my options. I did contact the head of the History Department at UNK and asked about the graduate certificate, though. I guess I'll wait to hear.

GAAAAAAH

Jan. 23rd, 2010 01:55 pm
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Yes, this is a rant. I am going to gripe and bitch, which I realize is pointless in terms of rectifying the situation. But dammit I'm pissed off and I'm going to vent, so deal with it.

grumble grumble )

So, I'm not sure what to do. I can't seem to get a prepaid card and my debit doesn't work at 99% of places online.

This sucks.
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Yes, this is a rant. I am going to gripe and bitch, which I realize is pointless in terms of rectifying the situation. But dammit I'm pissed off and I'm going to vent, so deal with it.

grumble grumble )

So, I'm not sure what to do. I can't seem to get a prepaid card and my debit doesn't work at 99% of places online.

This sucks.
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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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and I've never felt so at home somewhere in so short a time. I went to my new apartment earlier, sat in one of my leather armchairs and cried for about half an hour. I own furniture now. I know it seems like such a silly thing, but it's something I never thought I would have. I've gotten so used to moving often and staying in previously furnished places that to have my OWN chairs and table and bed and TV makes me really happy.

I'm also amazed at how far I've been able to come in a month, socially. I really feel a connection to the Rhinos, and I have the impression that they like me too. It amazes me that that could be true, but i really think they might and it makes me more determined than ever. I think I'm doing well but I'd still like to be better. I'm really having fun here, though, and for me that's pretty huge. I'm trying to break down the walls a little and fight through the feelings of worthlessness.

I get to stay here another two months before I need to do anything. At the end of January I have to apply for an extension of stay, and take my passport and application to the migration office in Boden. I'll have received another stipend by then, so I shouldn't have an issue. I just wish I knew how long to ask for. I think I'll go with 6 months since it seems fairly safe. it's not too long and I'll have money to support myself and then some for that time period.

...not too sure what else to say, so I'll stop now. :P

Pite

Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:30 pm
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is pretty awesome. I like how quaint and peaceful it is here and I really like that a lot of the houses and apartment buildings are painted happy colors. Back home everything is white and grey or some shade of brown, here they're yellow and red and sky blue and I love that. It looks so happy.

good day )

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