On this page, you will find information about what you need to do and to think on when moving to Sweden from abroad. The information on this page is adjusted for working at the UPSC. You can find further information on the following pages. Please note that UPSC is formed by two departments from two different Universities - Umeå University and Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU). Some regulations are different between the different departments.
Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have gathered information on these pages which is partly general, partly specific for people working at either universities:
You can find more general information also on these pages:
Information from the Swedish Migration Board
Information from the Swedish Tax office
iUPSC registrationWhen your employment at the department within UPSC is established, you will get a user-name and password to be able to register online at register.upsc.se (ask your supervisor for it). Once you have registered, preparations for your stay here will start. iUPSC will apply for housing on your behalf and assist you otherwise as well, if necessary.
Your contact person at UPSC will book laboratory space, desk space, computer etc..
Before comingIn italics – person responsible
Register at iUPSC– guest researcher (contact Pi for log-in)
Apply for a European Health Insurance Card at
The Health card should be valid for at least one year
Swedish personal numberYou have to apply for a Swedish personal number at the Tax Office (Skatteverket). Your personal number works as a social security number and is your personal identification code when in contact with Swedish authorities and for other necessities as health care, dental care, opening bank accounts, Internet connection, daycare for your child and more.
To be able to apply for a Swedish personal number your stay must be at least one year long.
Important for Non-EU citizens: your residence permit must also be valid for at least one year after your date of arrival to Sweden.
You will receive your personal number by ordinary mail, so make sure you have your name on your mailbox! It takes between 1-2 weeks to receive it, sometimes more.
Swedish Identity cardAs soon as you have got your personal number you can apply for the Swedish Identity card. You will need the card e.g. to open a bank account. You can apply for an ID card at the Tax Office (Skatteverket). Check on their homepage for the conditions you need to fullfill to apply for the ID card before you go there.
Bank accountThere are different banks available to open an account: