I can finally feel relieved upon collection of my Sweden Residence Permit card at the Embassy of Sweden, Singapore.
Previously I was worrying about failing to get the card by the time I'm flying off to Sweden, because all of the students going to Lund University for SEP (Student Exchange Programme) received the acceptance letter very late.
The acceptance letter is one of the four major documents that we have to submit for the tedious residence permit application. The other three are insurance, passport and bank statement (you have to show that you have enough money to fund yourself - minimum of SEK7,300 ≈ SGD1,370 per month). The application fee is not cheap - SEK1,000 ≈ SGD187.
Malaysians and Singaporeans don't need a visa to visit Sweden but I'm going there for more than three months and according to them, I need a residence permit. Malaysians and Singaporeans who don't need visa to visit will have to apply online for the residence permit and book a time to drop by the embassy to leave their biometric data (photo, index fingerprints and electronic signature), and that's the reason I look terrible in the card because it's taken on the spot. :)
Luckily, I was smart enough to fill in a longer period of stay for a few weeks for the residence permit application, so in case I'm going to travel around before coming back here, it won't be a hassle.
Thank God I've got my residence permit card or UT (uppehållstillstånd) card in time. Now I'm left with packing up and Sweden, I'm coming~~~!!!