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Swiss Passport Renewal - takes a long time - for info

Looking to move to Switzerland and my husbands Swiss passport expired a few years ago. He is just about to complete the lengthy procedure of renewing it. We had no idea how much he would need to do. Its only for him and not the rest of us.

Firstly, because his details have changed (married/kids etc) as he has fallen out of the loop they need the following;
our original birth and marriage certificates and kids birth certs. - We won't get them back at all and we would have to apply for new certificates. (yes I know.. Strange) . The lady said to me as its so easy for us to get certifcate copies, this is standard procedure.

Once they have received our docs and registration form, it take 4-6 weeks before you can apply, as it get sent to switzerland.

You then have to apply online, but once you have done this, you have to go to the swiss embassy, London, to get your fingerprints and photo.
thereafter it takesabout 2 weeks to get the new passport.

All in all, its going to take us approx 10 weeks for a renewal. Anyone else experienced this? Seems awfully long!
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Old 13.09.2011, 13:29
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Re: Swiss Passport Renewal - takes a long time - for info

You're not in the normal circle here. Your hubby is expat, he did not renew his passport before expiry and had the cheek to have a wife and kids added to his quota whilst abroad.

The certificates will have to be less than six months old, I'd say. They will look like the originals but will be embossed and crispy clean.

Once you're all in the system, you can also get Swiss passports at some point. Cute huh?
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Looking to move to Switzerland and my husbands Swiss passport expired a few years ago. He is just about to complete the lengthy procedure of renewing it. We had no idea how much he would need to do. Its only for him and not the rest of us.

Firstly, because his details have changed (married/kids etc) as he has fallen out of the loop they need the following;
our original birth and marriage certificates and kids birth certs. - We won't get them back at all and we would have to apply for new certificates. (yes I know.. Strange) . The lady said to me as its so easy for us to get certifcate copies, this is standard procedure.

Once they have received our docs and registration form, it take 4-6 weeks before you can apply, as it get sent to switzerland.

You then have to apply online, but once you have done this, you have to go to the swiss embassy, London, to get your fingerprints and photo.
thereafter it takesabout 2 weeks to get the new passport.

All in all, its going to take us approx 10 weeks for a renewal. Anyone else experienced this? Seems awfully long!
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What are your expectations? Once a document expires beyond a certain point, it's validity becomes more questionable.

Secondly since the issuing of the document, the situation of the passport holder has changed re: family. This means there's more to check since last time, especially the children's entitlement to Swiss passports/nationality under Swiss law. I take it the Swiss passport holder didn't advise the Swiss embassy of their changed circumstances?

So 10 weeks for all this to be updated and certified including new documents is pretty ok. Especially if the kids also qualify for their own Passports/IDs from Switzerland afterwards....

To give you a perspective, I sent my Irish passport to be renewed 2 years ago before expiry, it took 4 months for the new one to arrive back in Switzerland!
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Unexpired renewal is while you wait, or at worst in a day or two by A post...
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Looking to move to Switzerland and my husbands Swiss passport expired a few years ago. ...
All in all, its going to take us approx 10 weeks for a renewal. Anyone else experienced this? Seems awfully long!
I went in Monday morning, did all the formalities, paid, and was out within 10 minutes.
I picked up my new Swiss passport from the post office on Friday afternoon

That's 5 working days. Pretty good I thought.
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I went in Monday morning, did all the formalities, paid, and was out within 10 minutes.
I picked up my new Swiss passport from the post office on Friday afternoon

That's 5 working days. Pretty good I thought.
that is very good... its the registration that seems to take a while and not getting the actual passport.
I can't beleive they want original documents and won't give them back. We're having to spend out on new copy certs which is costing us £100 for 4 of us. :-(... and just to register!!
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I can't beleive they want original documents and won't give them back. We're having to spend out on new copy certs which is costing us £100 for 4 of us. :-(... and just to register!!
Scrap that.. found another site that does it for a tenner!! PHEW!!
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