The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce 
                   of the Carolinas, Inc. 





  • 21 Aug 2014 11:44 AM | Deleted user

    Swedish Election 2014

    -  General elections to the Riksdag, the municipal assemblies and the county council assemblies are held on the same day, and always on the second Sunday of September every four years. The next election day will be on September 14 in 2014.
    -  Information about the election can be found at or at http//
    The Swedish Consulate in Raleigh will be opened for voting on August 27 between 10 am  - 12 am, August 28 between 1 pm - 3 pm and on September the 3rd between 5 pm - 7 pm.
  • 15 Oct 2013 10:44 AM | Deleted user

    The J-1 classification (exchange visitors) is authorized for those who intend to participate in an approved program for the purpose of teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills, receiving training, or to receive graduate medical education or training. 

    In carrying out the responsibilities of the Exchange Visitor Program, the Department of State designates public and private entities to act as exchange sponsors. J-1 nonimmigrants are therefore sponsored by an exchange program that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of State. These programs are designed to promote the interchange or persons, knowledge, and skills, in the fields of education, arts, and science. 

    Examples of exchange visitors include, but are not limited to:

    • Professors or scholars
    • Research assistants
    • Students
    • Trainees
    • Teachers
    • Specialists
    • Nannies/Au pairs
    • Camp counselors

    Application Process

    The U.S. Department of State plays the primary role in administering the J-1 exchange visitor program, so the first step in obtaining a J-1 visa is to submit a Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, (formerly known as an IAP-66). This form will be provided by your sponsoring agency. You should work closely with the officials at your sponsoring agency who will be assisting you through this process.  An official who is authorized to issue Form DS-2019 is known as a Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Your RO or ARO will explain to you what documents are needed in order to be issued a DS-2019. 

    After you have obtained a Form DS-2019, you may then apply for a J-1 visa through the U.S. Department of State at a U.S. embassy or consulate. The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so submitting your visa application as early as possible is strongly encouraged (though you may not enter the United States in J-1 status more than 30 days before your program begins).


    Some J-1 nonimmigrants enter the United States specifically to work (as a researcher, nanny, etc.) while others do not. Employment is authorized for J-1 nonimmigrants only under the terms of the exchange program. Please check with your sponsoring agency for more information on any restrictions that may apply to you working in the United States.   

    Family of J-1 Visa Holders

    Your spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age, regardless of nationality, are entitled to J-2 classification. Your spouse and children are entitled to work authorization; however, their income may not be used to support you.  To apply for work authorization as a J-2 nonimmigrant, your spouse or child would file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. For more information on the application procedures, see the “Work Authorization” link to the right.



  • 09 Oct 2013 6:09 PM | Deleted user

    This year´s SACC Summit marked the 25th anniversary of SACC USA, with a record number of chamber representatives, corporate members and partners participating. The summit which took place on September 18–19 at the beautiful House of Sweden, in Washington DC opened with Swedish Ambassador Björn Lyrvall and U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski via video link commenting on the strong ties Sweden has with the U.S. and the importance of the SACC network. Aaron Brickman, Executive Director of Select USA, also gave his insights into U.S. investment opportunities for Swedish companies looking to set up shop here in the United States. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of SACC USA, Olle Wijkström co-founder of SACC USA, and Lars Forsberg, son of co-founder Franklin Forsberg, summarized the success of the organization to date, and emphasized the significant impact SACC has had on Swedish–American business relations.

    In the first speaker session of day one, ´Perspectives & Trends with Impact on Swedish Related Business,’ Eva Walder, Director–General for Trade, at the Foreign Ministry of Sweden, highlighted the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which is currently in discussion on both sides of the pond, and the importance it bears on Swedish–American trade relations. The TTIP agreement would facilitate trade between the U.S. and the European Union, by easing existing trade barriers, harmonizing standards and strengthen social and cultural ties between the two regions. An insight into the differences between Swedish and U.S. investment culture was given by Anders Berggren, CEO of Marmon Retail, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

    The afternoon kicked off with a panel discussion on ´U.S. Market Trends and Expansion Strategies´ with corporate members and partners sharing their thoughts on a wide range of topics involving expansion, manufacturing, protectionism, regulations, leadership, branding, sales and marketing in the U.S. market place. The panel was moderated by Johan Westberg, Chair of SACC Colorado and panelists included Klas Abrahamsson, Michael Andersson, Anders Berggren, Gary Bruce and Rasmus Goksor, all of whom are part of the SACC network.

    The panel was followed by drinks and jazz music on the House of Sweden´s rooftop with special guests Evfa Attling and Eva Dahlgren joining the SACC members and partners, giving everyone the opportunity to mingle before heading to the Swedish Ambassador´s residence for a buffet dinner. A silent auction was held, with SACC participants being asked to bid on a range of luxury items generously donated by individuals, members and business partners of SACC–USA. The proceeds from the auction will go to our Traineeship program to support our talented and hard working trainees. The lucky winners of the auction were announced at the dinner with the highest bidder winning a unique piece of jewelry made by Evfa Attling, the renowned Swedish jewelry designer.

    Day two of the SACC Summit started off with an inspirational talk by Susanne Connors Bowman, Co–owner of The Haefer Group, Ltd., who shared her thoughts on how an organization establishes its membership protocol and the different expectations members have depending on the generation they belong to. The morning continued with SACC members and partners breaking out into groups to discuss a range of topics spanning from board governance to membership categories and benefits, and programs and events. Results of the group discussions were brought up in a session led by Therese Linde, President of SACC–USA, who called on each group´s leader to summarize the outcome of the break–out sessions. The topics were in turn elaborated on in the open Board of Directors´ meeting afterwards, which set out future SACC network actions going forward.

    The team at SACC–USA would like to thank everyone for taking part in yet another successful event and for celebrating the organization´s 25th anniversary together with us! SACC–USA looks forward to continuing its collaboration with its fellow chamber representatives, corporate members and partners, and hopes to see everyone next year! A special thank you to all our sponsors including the Embassy of Sweden, Scandinavian Airlines, SAAB, PartnerTech, Wackes, and Swedbank. 

  • 06 Jun 2013 8:33 PM | Deleted user

    The SAGA Trainee Program offers three traineeships in Sundsvall, Sweden to U.S. students and young professionals.

    The successful candidates get an opportunity to work on issues related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. The trainee positions are at host companies SCA, SSG and Åkroken Science Park in partnership with CleanTech Region.

    The traineeships will take place between early September and the end of December, 2013. Air fare and accommodation will be covered by the Swedish American Green Alliance. The traineeships are unpaid.

    The SAGA Trainee Program is a collaboration between the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce (SACC-USA), the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and launched under the auspices of the Swedish American Green Alliance (SAGA), a bilateral partnership between the United States and Sweden.

    Eligibility and Application Process:

    Three three-month traineeships are available to U.S. citizens only. Applicants need to be at least 21 years of age and have a genuine interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental issues. Both young professionals and students are welcome to apply.

    Submit an updated resume and a personal letter (not more than 500 words) where you state the company that you would like to work for (view options on SAGA website, link below) and the experiences you would bring. Do not forget to mention how the traineeship would benefit your future career.

    Please send your documents to Successfulcandidates will be announced on

    The last day to apply is Sunday, July 14, 2013.


    Three months between early September and late December. The exact time-frame is decided between the successful candidates and the companies but the stay in Sweden may not exceed three months due to immigration rules and regulations.

    For more information, go to

    Point of Contact: Cecilia Kullman, Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA, +1 202 536 1520

  • 05 May 2013 9:39 PM | Deleted user
    As of January 1, 2012 the Embassy in Washington, DC will request personal appearance of Schengen visa applicants. To schedule an appointment please call the visa department between 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at (202) 467-2690.

    The following visa categories will need to appear in person: 
    Visiting Family and Friends 
    Tourist  Students - studying for less than 90 days  Business or Conference - first time traveling to Schengen

Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas

                                                                                                                                                     P.O Box 18443
                                                                                                                                          Raleigh, NC 27619-8443

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