I rushed from work yesterday to be able to make it to the Tax Agency office so Simon could order his identification card (ID card). They close early every day, already at 4pm. We came running in the door at 3.55pm and the guy helping us just laughed at us. But it didn’t take more than 10 min to get the application ready and the photo for the ID card taken. We were told that Simon will get a letter in the mail in about 4 weeks. Apparently all ID cards are issued in Stockholm and it’s only 16 people working with this for the whole of Sweden so it takes a while. Once he gets the letter he has to wait another couple of workdays before he can go to the Tax Agency office to pick it up.Simon also got a printout from the register so that we could go to the bank and sort out his bank account. The guy at the Tax Agency told us that apparently you can get an account at SEB (one of the banks here in Sweden) without having a personal number, there are just limitations to the services you’re allowed to use. If we only would have known….when I was researching this I did not come across this information. Not much to do about it now but it was a bit annoying to find out that now.
Anyway, we went to my bank, Swedbank, and sorted out an account so now Simon can transfer his money from Australia and don’t have to pay more fees when withdrawing money or paying with his card. He could only get a Maestro card and no VISA card since he doesn’t have an income yet and as everything else it takes a couple of days until he has the card in the mail.
Speaking of mail, Simon got his first mail yesterday. TWO letters from the Tax Agency with the missing letters from before. At least we know that it works now.bank account, ID card, move to Sweden, Skatteverket, Tax Agency