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Re: Is birth certificate required for work/residence permit application?

I think you should have the certificate translated so that you have it ready when arriving in Switzerland - when i moved from Preverenge to Lausanne commune they suddenly wanted a birth certificate even though i already had my Swiss residence permit.

In general, be prepared for the bloated bureaucracy in Switzerland. Switzerland has a lot of rules and regulations that where made a long long time ago and stopped making sense, there is no mechanism to clean the system so to say, so it just gets worse and worse. Swiss efficiency is a myth, but it is part of the charm i suppose - In terms of organization, think of it as Italy, but with more money..
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Re: Is birth certificate required for work/residence permit application?

I think that each commune can decide whether they ask for one or not, as stated previously. I was also asked for one when registering in Lausanne, like huaai. You should check your commune's website to see what they need. On Lausanne's website it's clearly stated that you need a birth certificate to register (what they don't sayt here is that it needs to be officially translated to French, which is kind of obvious though).
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I think you should have the certificate translated so that you have it ready when arriving in Switzerland - when i moved from Preverenge to Lausanne commune they suddenly wanted a birth certificate even though i already had my Swiss residence permit.

In general, be prepared for the bloated bureaucracy in Switzerland. Switzerland has a lot of rules and regulations that where made a long long time ago and stopped making sense, there is no mechanism to clean the system so to say, so it just gets worse and worse. Swiss efficiency is a myth, but it is part of the charm i suppose - In terms of organization, think of it as Italy, but with more money..
Right. Where are you coming from?
When I moved to South America our individual immigration "dossier" had over 250 sheets of paper in it, each dossier, that's over 500 pieces of paper for two people. I've never been so happy I didn't have children. Each sheet of paper was hand stamped and hand numbered while we sat there watching them stamp and number them.


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I think that each commune can decide whether they ask for one or not, as stated previously. I was also asked for one when registering in Lausanne, like huaai. You should check your commune's website to see what they need. On Lausanne's website it's clearly stated that you need a birth certificate to register (what they don't sayt here is that it needs to be officially translated to French, which is kind of obvious though).
Usually if the document is in English, (and of course French, German or Italian) they will not ask to have it translated.
Russian the chances are high they will.

As BM said above, bring the BC with you but don't have it translated just yet. You can register and then bring any additional documents you don't have at a later date.
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Re: Is birth certificate required for work/residence permit application?

Perfect miniMia, hit all the spots.

I expect I won't be able to get through life in CH without getting my BC translated, but I can try and delay that joyous moment until I have to.
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Sorry for the tread revival but it seems the most relevant thread to my question.

We're both UK citizens, moving on a B permit to Zurich in a couple of month, however I had the misfortune to be born in Russia (wife is English). I do have my birth certificate but due to noone in UK ever needing a copy, I've not had it translated.

By the sounds of things from this thread, they might ask me for it, they might not, but I'm thinking that I should translate it before I move. Would they be happy for me to translate it from Russian to German in London (i won't find someone in a dodgy alley, I promise) or will it have to be over there (with the 8 day clock ticking).

Also, wife has her BC and passport in the same name, but between birth and now has had her last name changed to something else and back. Presumably she doesn't need to provide evidence of both changes?

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thanks for the useful messages
I am also EU citizen but was born in a non-eu country
What happened to you at the end
Did they ask for a birth certificate or any other document from you?
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