Actor and businessman Kenny Solomons, 37, married to artist Tess Merkel Solomons, 53, is scheduled to be deported.
In July, after the couple returned from a trip to Greece, Kenny Solomons learned, through border police, that he had been in Sweden illegally – for more than a year.
“My wife and I were completely shocked,” says Kenny Solomons.
Solomons, who was born and raised in Great Britain but has been living and working in Sweden for eleven years – explains that he was late in submitting a form that was due to be sent to the Migration Agency in connection with Brexit – and was therefore entitled to apply for an extended residence permit in Sweden. .
– I was late, so it was my fault, he says.
Meanwhile, Kenny feels Solomon’s frustration with the situation and says he doesn’t know what to do now.
-I like living here in Sweden and paying taxes. I learned the language, got married, and gained a sense of security, but now I am not allowed to work here, nor even to volunteer, he continues:
-How will I then be able to pay my mortgage and insurance and continue living my life?
The Swedish Migration Agency does not comment on individual cases and writes in a general comment:
“For British nationals who have not applied for or received residence status, the same residence permit rules apply as for nationals of other countries outside the EU/EEA. The rules look different depending on the type of residence permit applied and the basic rule is that Permit before entering Sweden. Each application is examined individually, so nothing general can be said about what is required for approval.”
There are only 70 days left in Sweden
After the letter from the border police in Arlanda, Kenny Solomons learned for the first time that he was not actually allowed to enter Sweden at all. But with the help of an exception, he still has permission to stay in the country for 90 days as a tourist – and now he has 70 days left.
-I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t be able to return to my apartment with my children.
-I feel very nervous now.
He visited the Swedish Migration Agency several times to try to get answers to his questions.
– The last thing I learned was that I had to leave the country and apply for a residence permit again, outside the country’s borders, says Kenny Solomons.
According to him, the process can take between 9 and 16 months.
-So what do I do with housing, my job, and the children?
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