So Mimi got a letter today from the Swedish Migration Board saying that this American person has applied for a residence permit to live with her, and would she please fill in this T77 form and return it along with some additional documents within 4 weeks.
The letter - as expected - contains a great deal of formality and a request for more information. It was a nice touch, however, where they kindly ask us to be patient and allow them to conduct their business, saying something to the effect of “we understand it’s difficult to be apart - but simply missing each other isn’t regarded as an ‘urgent matter’ like illness or pregnancy.”
Thank God, neither of us is ill or pregnant. So yes, we’ll be patient.
Now Mimi gets the pleasure of completing similar forms that I did back in March. It’s unclear at this point whether she will also undergo a personal interrogation — I mean, interview.
The letter goes on to say “If permission for residency is granted, your partner may shortly (thereafter) visit the embassy where the application was made and get a proof of residence permit attached to their passport.”
Okay, so here’s where there’s a little confusion. I’m pretty sure I’d submitted an additional fee for my materials to be mailed back, including my passport. And if I have to go after it I sure hope they mean Chicago (the consulate), not Washington DC (the embassy).
The letter also states that if the application is denied, we have 3 weeks to submit an appeal. I’m not expecting that to be the case and choose to remain blindly optimistic. :)