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For how long can one leave CH?

Would you know for how long a holder of B permit can leave the country without loosing the status?

Same for C permit?..
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

B, about 4 weeks

C, with a written application, AFTER you leave, maximum 5 years !
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

6 months for both.

As Sbrinz says you can ask for the permit to be put on hold BUT the accepted reasons for doing so are 3: being sent to work abroad by your Swiss employer, military service or further education. For anything else forget it. And it's a maximum of 4 years.
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

hmmm 2 replies so far, and very different data..
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

I remember reading it's 6 months, but don't ask me where. I'd bet on Medea!

Quite a lot of people seem to live in two places (myself included).
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6 months for both.

As Sbrinz says you can ask for the permit to be put on hold BUT the accepted reasons for doing so are 3: being sent to work abroad by your Swiss employer, military service or further education. For anything else forget it. And it's a maximum of 4 years.
So 6 months for both WITHOUT notifying the government/canton?
I have my doubts whether it's the case with "B" - it's meant to be a pretty shaky status...
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

Art. 61 Expiry of permits

1 A permit expires:
a. on notice of departure abroad;
b. on the grant of a permit in another canton;
c. on the expiry of the term of validity of the permit;
d. on expulsion in terms of Article 68.

2 If a foreign national leaves Switzerland without giving notice of departure, a short stay permit expires after three months, and a residence or permanent residence permit after six months. On request, a permanent residence permit may remain valid for a further four years.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...232/index.html

A residence permit is a B permit, the permanent residence is a C.

But remember it's not just a case of being away for so many months. You are also supposed to spend most of your time here in Switzerland, i.e. your centre of life is here, not somewhere else, which is why the acceptable reasons for putting a permit on hold are so few.
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hmmm 2 replies so far, and very different data..

Medea is right. It's six months for both B and C.

You can put a C permit on hold for two years which can by extended for another two years so a maximum of four years in total. There are strict criteria for putting a C permit on hold.( study overseas, military service overseas or being sent overseas by the Swiss employer)

If you have a B permit and you leave Switzerland for more than six months you have to hand it in a reapply for it if you move back here.
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hmmm 2 replies so far, and very different data..
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So 6 months for both WITHOUT notifying the government/canton?
I have my doubts whether it's the case with "B" - it's meant to be a pretty shaky status...
Nothing shaky about a EU B permit, you can even buy a house to live in.
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So 6 months for both WITHOUT notifying the government/canton?
I have my doubts whether it's the case with "B" - it's meant to be a pretty shaky status...
Ehhh, read the letter which you received together with your permit?
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

These days it is six months for B and C. I believe it used to be three months for B not long ago.

Putting C on hold is a little less stringent than some posts indicate. Education in some cantons may also mean that trip around the world - meaning there sometimes is a little leeway. As usual, a lot is possible - it is just important that the spirit of the law not be violated.
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Ehhh, read the letter which you received together with your permit?
What letter? I never received anything with my permit.
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What letter? I never received anything with my permit.
It's all written on the Permit, in several languages....
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It's all written on the Permit, in several languages....
That's not a letter, that's part of the permit and mine is only written in French. I didn't receive anything other than the permit when I collected it from the commune but I guess the non EU plastic permits may come with a letter of explanation.
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

For EU nationals it'll be on the back of the permit. For non-EU's I think it's included in the letter they receive when the permit is granted/issued. Don't forget we get the paper permit while non-EU's get the credit card one.
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For EU nationals it'll be on the back of the permit. For non-EU's I think it's included in the letter they receive when the permit is granted/issued. Don't forget we get the paper permit while non-EU's get the credit card one.
I have the credit-card style and don't recall receiving a letter with the rules. But that was a while ago. There's certainly nothing on my permit that says I can be away for X months or anything.
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

Would it make sense to have something written on the permit? What would happen if the law changed before its renewal? Would that make the change void until the permit has expired?
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Nothing shaky about a EU B permit, you can even buy a house to live in.
Thank you for the insult.

It used to be one month for a B permit, well it was 26 years ago, and times change, but I searched for an hour and I can find no mention of any period of absence. It would be nice, almighty one, if you could add a link to where these periods of permitted absence are mentioned. At best I get a link to the cantonal authorities, which suggests it varies across Switzerland.

The 'C' permit restrictions are clearly written on the back.

If the OP has a 'B' permit, perhaps he can write it down for us?
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Would it make sense to have something written on the permit? What would happen if the law changed before its renewal? Would that make the change void until the permit has expired?
This is what my C permit says on the back. ( only in French as I live in a French speaking canton). It says that the permit will cease to be valid when it's handed back to the authorities or after a period of absence in a foreign country of more than six months.

The maximum duration of any permit is 5 years so given how long it takes to implement any changes in the law I doubt that there would be a issue regarding changes to the law.

As far as I know permit validity is standard across all cantons.
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Re: For how long can one leave CH?

Erlöschen der Bewilligungen(see 4.1)

Kurzaufenthaltsbewilligung (permit L I guess): void after 3 months abroad
Aufenthalts- und Niederlassungsbewilligung (permits B/C): void after 6 months abroad
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