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Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

Hello everybody!

I have a following question, any advice and information will be highly appreciated.

I am a non-EU citizen, living in Germany with a Job search visa.
I got a job offer from Switzerland and currently waiting for my work permit.
The company told me that my work permit was approved by the local ministry of immigration (took 4 weeks) and now it is sent to the regional ministry of immigration (already 3 weeks ago).

Do you really know what is the process, and how long does it usually take till the final decision? I am waiting already for 7 weeks.

Thank you very much in advance!
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Old 19.12.2013, 11:24
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

Usually there are two steps before you can finally get your permit, after your employer makes the application
1. First the application arrives at the cantonal authority which takes care of employment market (depends on the canton, for example in BE it's the BECO, the economy department of the canton). They check in terms of the employment (e.g. whether your employer has made enough efforts to find local people...). This can often be the hardest step.
2. If step 1 is positive, the application goes to FOM (Federal office of immigration) for a final approval for the residence permit. If you arrive in this step it won't take long before then end. After it really arrives at FOM it can take as short as 2 weeks before the final positive decision.

So you need to know what does the "local" "regional" mean from your employer.

With regard to your question how long you have to wait, this varies A LOT depending on the canton, the job type and the permit that is applied for. We have cases where B permit gets approved in 5 weeks, but also L permits waiting for 4 months...
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Old 20.12.2013, 17:52
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Usually there are two steps before you can finally get your permit, after your employer makes the application
1. First the application arrives at the cantonal authority which takes care of employment market (depends on the canton, for example in BE it's the BECO, the economy department of the canton). They check in terms of the employment (e.g. whether your employer has made enough efforts to find local people...). This can often be the hardest step.
2. If step 1 is positive, the application goes to FOM (Federal office of immigration) for a final approval for the residence permit. If you arrive in this step it won't take long before then end. After it really arrives at FOM it can take as short as 2 weeks before the final positive decision.

So you need to know what does the "local" "regional" mean from your employer.

With regard to your question how long you have to wait, this varies A LOT depending on the canton, the job type and the permit that is applied for. We have cases where B permit gets approved in 5 weeks, but also L permits waiting for 4 months...
Thank you very much for your information.
According to HR, they got a positive update letter from the Kanton Aargau, but not the final decision from the country´s migration office.

So, does this mean that the first step is done, and now we are waiting for the Step 2?

I hope it won't take that long and I will get a nice Christmas gift
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Old 20.12.2013, 20:19
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

Yes, it sounds as if you're okay on the cantonal end of things, you just have to wait on the Federal side now.
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

reviving this post ...
I have been notified that my work permit application (non-EU) was approved by AWA and is now off to Bern. Can surprises still happen or is it just a question of time from now?
Many thanks
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

never mind .. just got OK from Bern.
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

Hello,

I am an indian citizen and my wife is Lithuanian (EU citizen). My wife is studying in Luzern and has a yearly renewed B permit (Study). I have a 90 days Schengen visa from august till november. I am making a permit in Lithuania for myself. Since my wife is studying in switzerland, will i be able to get a permit to live in Switzerland?

I used to study in switzerland and i was on a B permit. before leaving i had few unpaid traffic fine and my phone contract was not cancelled. would this be a problem for me obtain a permit from switzerland? i also was studying in luzern.

Please share if you have an idea about this.

Thanks in advance.
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Hello,

I am an indian citizen and my wife is Lithuanian (EU citizen). My wife is studying in Luzern and has a yearly renewed B permit (Study). I have a 90 days Schengen visa from august till november. I am making a permit in Lithuania for myself. Since my wife is studying in switzerland, will i be able to get a permit to live in Switzerland?

I used to study in switzerland and i was on a B permit. before leaving i had few unpaid traffic fine and my phone contract was not cancelled. would this be a problem for me obtain a permit from switzerland? i also was studying in luzern.

Please share if you have an idea about this.

Thanks in advance.
I think you need to be careful about this jithin. I shouldn't be a problem to come here as a dependent of your wife providing she can show her accommodation is big enough for both of you and that she can support you financially. However, whether your unpaid fines/bills would be a problem I don't know.

But what about the permit in Lithuania? Do you need to be resident there to apply/wait for the process to go through? If you leave while the application's going on it may put a stop to the whole thing.

"You must lawfully reside in Lithuania if you submit your application for a permit while staying in Lithuania; therefore you should obtain information about the periods for lawful residence in Lithuania, visa requirements, and the validity thereof."

https://www.lietuva.lt/en/live_work/...ia/live_non_eu
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Re: Work Permit for non-EU : Local Ministry of immigration approved

Yes, we are getting an apartment for rent in lithuania and a lawyer is taking care of the whole process and the migration department does not require my passport and i have a 90 days Schengen visa. all the documents for lithuanian permit is fine. The express process for Temporary residence permit is 2 months and i will have the permit from Lithuania.

At the same time we wanted to apply for the swiss permit too. as i have a 90 days schengen visa i will be able to stay in swiss for up to 90 days but before that we wanted to put the application in Migration department in Luzern. I tried contacting swiss migration department by email but they do not respond.

Currently me and my wife is living in dubai and by august 10 we are flying to lithuania and after 5 days going to swiss.


would it be a problem when i fly into zurich will they ask me to make the bill payments?
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...would it be a problem when i fly into zurich will they ask me to make the bill payments?
Not likely, as debts here are mostly a civil matter not a criminal one. You may or may not run into problems with your permit and finding a flat to live in. Most of the time when you apply for a permit or a flat, you have to provide a debt register extract as part of the packet. It's possible your former creditors filed a "betreibung" against you.

The easiest way to find out if there's anything on your record is to request your debt register extract. The page is only in German, French or Italian. I seem to recall the cost is only about 20 Francs.
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