I am a non-EU national with a 3-year research job offer from a Swedish company. I am eligible for and have applied for a residence permit as a visiting researcher, which is being processed at the moment (the status of my application displays "decision pending"). As far as I understand this "visiting researcher" permit is different from a proper residence permit and more akin to a D-type "long stay" visa.
At the same time, I hold a C-type Schengen visa that is valid for 6 more months. I have traveled a few times with this visa, to Sweden and to other countries. I have never overstayed, and I will not do so.
My question is: During the period in which I am waiting for the result of my "visiting researcher" application, am I allowed to enter Sweden as a tourist? Will entering negatively impact the evaluation of my application?
I will appreciate if I can be pointed to a written document or web page that provides conclusive information about this, or personal anectodes from those who have been in a similar situation.
I am asking this because I have been told on the phone by an official employee that "it is forbidden for one to enter the country while their residence permit application is being processed, and one's permit application can be rejected as a result of doing so." However, when I asked for a written source confirming this information, they merely pointed me to the Migrationsverket website without specifying a specific page; and even when I reviewed the website rigorously, I could not find this information. Can it be possible that this is an outdated piece of information?