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Old 05.12.2014, 00:39
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Re: Please help me fill in the gaps!!

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8) Is there anything that I should buy in the US and ship, rather than buying in CH? e.g. 2nd bed
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Re: Visa/Marriage questions

Hi -

I'm having a bloody nightmare right now and could really use some help...

I'm British and my fiancée is American. We have found out - the difficult way -just how rigid the Swiss permit application process is.

I have the following questions, if someone can help:

- if we were to obtain a Preparation for Marriage visa, what are the implications of you don't wed in that period? I guess my fiancée would have to leave for 3-6 months at least, but what else?

- we were unsuccessful with our initial residence permit application, but does anyone know if there is a "cooling" period before we can reapply?
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Old 22.04.2015, 21:59
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- if we were to obtain a Preparation for Marriage visa, what are the implications of you don't wed in that period? I guess my fiancée would have to leave for 3-6 months at least, but what else?

- we were unsuccessful with our initial residence permit application, but does anyone know if there is a "cooling" period before we can reapply?
1. If you don't wed in that timeframe then you have to reapply, I would say. She'd probably have to leave while the visa was being processed again.

2. Depends on why you were rejected and how long she's already stayed here. Given that you had issues the first time, expect them to look even more closely the second time around.

BUT - If she's still got U.S. ties, and if you haven't totally flubbed up with your initial paperwork to where they will reject a second round...why not just hop over Stateside, see a judge and be done with it? You can file the paperwork in the U.S. for a family reunification permit and D-visa for entry. Get a handful of copies of your marriage license, and at least 3 current copies (i.e. not issued more than 6 months ago) of her birth certificate while you're there.

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Old 22.04.2015, 23:03
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Re: Visa/Marriage questions

So your plans A and B didn't work out then. Not surprised really, if you thought she was going to find and get approval for a job within 3 months or that you'd get any kind of family reunification when you're not yet married.

There will be no "cooling off" period. If they've said no and you still try to apply while she's in the country the answer will be the same. You need to get married, preferably outside of Switzerland as it'll probably be quicker and then apply for family reunification.

Given that you've said in your other posts that you've both been here since January this year I do hope she's booked to fly out soon or that you've already applied for the marriage visa. Because she's already overstayed her tourist 3 month allowance and will probably get fined when she does finally leave. Overstaying in Schengen can also incur a re-entry ban of between 1 and 3 years - not something I'd want to risk if I want to live here.
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Old 22.04.2015, 23:11
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Re: Visa/Marriage questions

Get married in the US, end of story.

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Old 22.04.2015, 23:27
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...Given that you've said in your other posts...
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Yup, it really is the easiest and fastest way.

Don't get me wrong - I don't think people should get married just for a permit. However, if marriage is already in the works then I would choose the easiest option for permits. It's not at all romantic but it is practical. You can always buy a ring and have a party later. The idea is to be together, right?

Last year I served as a minister for a couple that had done the legal marriage prior to moving to CH. Getting married first made the permit process much smoother. When the couple was ready for the religious ceremony and party, it was every bit as fantastic/romantic even though they'd been legally married for a while.
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