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Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

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I'm coming back with my boyfriend to Switzerland (from U.S.)and since he can not stay long with me (stupid visa things), after a few years long relationship we decided to get marry (then we can live in Switzerland) and both are happy cause of it but I'm still looking to know if there are any disadvantages for getting marry in Switzerland that I should know about it?

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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

Mostly for him if he is an American. Language barrier. Bank accounts. You having to prove sufficent funds to support him untill he gets a job. Just a few off the top of my head.
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Mostly for him if he is an American. Language barrier. Bank accounts. You having to prove sufficent funds to support him untill he gets a job. Just a few off the top of my head.
Yeah, he is from Turkey and doesn't know the language there. But I didn't know that I have to have some funds to support him! Thanks anyway.

Any other bright idea?

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Old 06.04.2015, 23:59
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

You have to show the authorities that you have enough liquid assets (e.g. cash in bank) or earn enough on a monthly basis to support your husband. I don't know how much cash they require, but I remember someone quoting a figure of around 3000 CHF per month for each dependent person that you have to support - on top of paying for your own expenses.

Furthermore, AFAIK your husband will initially only get a residence permit, not a work permit. I don't have firsthand experience with this, but a friend of mine talked about his wife having to wait a year or so before getting an unrestricted work permit. This ultimately means that before your husband gets an unrestricted work permit, he'll have to get a non-EU/EFTA work permit to be allowed into employment. This is a pain in the neck to get. Any company that wants to hire him has to come up with strong evidence that they couldn't find another candidate anywhere in Switzerland and the EU in reasonable time. The rules might have changed in this area, but make sure to research this. The worst that can happen is that you both move here and it turns out your hubby can't work for 2 years and will become bored and miserable.

He should also bear in mind that if you were to get separated before he has an unrestricted and independent permit, he'll have to leave the country on fairly short notice and will have very limited legal recourse. We've already seen cases here of unhappy spouses finding themselves in a hole where they were at risk of being deported because their marriage didn't work out.
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

So if you get married, he can come and live with you here. You have to sign every year (to renew his permit) to say that you are still together and you will support him. If he doesnt have a work contract, then you have to prove that you are earning enough money for both of you. Then he'll get a permit to live and work here (there is no work restriction) You have to pay tax together. These days you can keep your name if you want!
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

Huh! I never knew that it can be like this!

To be honest, the most important thing is that, I'm gonna marry him at any rate because it's more than obvious to me but after all these restrictions and sad news is there any good advantages as well (any benefits)? Does our government help us in some cases? Is there any "advantages" also?
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Is there any "advantages" also?
Yes.. he can live in Switzerland with you. If you're not married he can't.
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

You may inherit each other's second pillar pension found, but the total pension from the first pillar maxes out at 1.5 max individual pension. You'll be taxed at a higher rate if both of you work then if you were not a marriage.
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

Pillar pension! It's like for the time when we are almost done with this world!! But what about just after getting marry? Like a loan or something for starting a new life a bit easier?
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But what about just after getting marry? Like a loan or something for starting a new life a bit easier?
Sure… many cantons give you a large cash payment or other gift for getting married! This varies from canton to canton… unfortunately when we got married in Oberwallis, we got given 10 goats!
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

10 goats! So much respect! But believe me, if they'd give me a house in a village, I'll buy 10 goats my self and we'll start both to make cheese out of those goats which is the best!


So I wish I would have known some present examples of these different gifts from different cantons just in case to understand and learn a bit more!
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Any other bright idea?
Well, for one, I hope that he teaches you a bit more English. To say, 'any more bright ideas', when someone offered you some advise, is down right rude.
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

Are you Swiss?

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Old 09.04.2015, 21:09
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Are you Swiss?
Not sure whom you're asking. OP is Swiss. Her boyfriend is Turkish.

Was it you or someone else who recently posted that a Swiss spouse does not have to prove financial resources? I seem to recall my Swiss spouse had to provide a copy of his work contract and sign a something saying I would not go on the dole... but that was 5 years ago so things may have changed.
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Well, for one, I hope that he teaches you a bit more English. To say, 'any more bright ideas', when someone offered you some advise, is down right rude.
I find your quite very rude and uncalled for ! Nobody said you have to post picture perfect english to post here.
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

This is a terrible thing to say because I certainly don't want to look at things negatively (just knowingly), I met an English woman a couple of years ago who married a Swiss man in Switzerland. They were very much in love but went through an ugly divorce years later. She told me that due to the Swiss legal system, it took her over 13 years to get divorced and was incredibly unhappy and because of it.

She told me, though I do not know if this is true, that had she married her Swiss ex-husband outside of Switzerland, it would have been much easier to finalise everything.

I can understand completely that you probably would never want to think of such of thing, but this is something that has stuck in my mind every since I got here.

So, I'd just thought I share so you will know. Again, I cannot vouch for its accuracy but she was so miserable that it would be hard to say she was not telling the truth.

I wish you much better luck!
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I met an English woman a couple of years ago who married a Swiss man in Switzerland. They were very much in love but went through an ugly divorce years later. She told me that due to the Swiss legal system, it took her over 13 years to get divorced and was incredibly unhappy and because of it.

Rubbish, there's a lot more to it than just the "Swiss system", arguing, bickering, money whatever
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Furthermore, AFAIK your husband will initially only get a residence permit, not a work permit. I don't have firsthand experience with this, but a friend of mine talked about his wife having to wait a year or so before getting an unrestricted work permit. This ultimately means that before your husband gets an unrestricted work permit, he'll have to get a non-EU/EFTA work permit to be allowed into employment. This is a pain in the neck to get. Any company that wants to hire him has to come up with strong evidence that they couldn't find another candidate anywhere in Switzerland and the EU in reasonable time. The rules might have changed in this area, but make sure to research this. The worst that can happen is that you both move here and it turns out your hubby can't work for 2 years and will become bored and miserable.
This doesn't apply in this case, as she is Swiss.

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Well, for one, I hope that he teaches you a bit more English. To say, 'any more bright ideas', when someone offered you some advise, is down right rude.
Oh the irony!
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Re: Disadvantages of Marriage in Switzerland

I married a Swiss / American woman.

She did not have to prove any financials. I am Belgian though (EU) and had a B permit at the time of marriage.

All in all it was really easy for us (a days worth of paperwork) but like mentioned before I was about 3 steps ahead of your husband to be.


Run into your Commune office. They have all the info you need!
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