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Dependent of a masters student [non-EU]

Hi guys ,

My wife got visa for M Sc program in a reputed university in Switzerland ..
.....am I able to travel with her as a dependent ..if so plz let me know how it works ...
I am a non -EU citizen

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Old 25.08.2014, 18:22
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It depends if she can afford to support you (not if you think she can, but if the Swiss think she can)!
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Hi guys ,

My wife got visa for M Sc program in a reputed university in Switzerland ..
.....am I able to travel with her as a dependent ..if so plz let me know how it works ...
I am a non -EU citizen

Thanks
She would need to apply to the cantonal migration office where her uni is based for a dependent's permit for you. At the same time you need to apply at the nearest Swiss embassy/consulate for the Type D visa to allow you to enter the country. IF the permit is approved then the visa will be issued and stamped in your passport. But as Island Monkey says, she has to prove a) she can financially support you both and b) that the place she rents is big enough for two people by Swiss standards.
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Re: Dependent of a masters student

The key is money. For example, we are in canton BE, and here to bring your family you need to either
1. have a salary above certain threshold above which they think you are able to support your family; or
2. have enough money (18000/CHF per dependent person per year) in the bank. They will freeze this amount in your bank.

In University of Bern, standard salary for a master student does not meet the criterion 1 above, so the only way is the second option. Unfortunately we have some students without much saving money in the bank and therefore saddly their spouses and children cannot be with them in Switzerland.
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2. have enough money (18000/CHF per dependent person per year) in the bank. They will freeze this amount in your bank.
Well that is illogical….. if they freeze the money, how can you use it to support your dependant/s??
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Well that is illogical….. if they freeze the money, how can you use it to support your dependant/s??
A master student told me that it is kind of guarantee, not meant to be used directly to support the family. Probably you will have to sign something like if your family touch social assistance one day... this money will be used to reimburse... something like that.
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Old 25.08.2014, 22:25
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A master student told me that it is kind of guarantee, not meant to be used directly to support the family. Probably you will have to sign something like if your family touch social assistance one day... this money will be used to reimburse... something like that.
So you need double the money! First lot to be frozen and second lot to actually support your family on Only in Switzerland!
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So you need double the money! First lot to be frozen and second lot to actually support your family on Only in Switzerland!
Yeah. 18,000 CHF per person per year. If you have both spouse and children this amount will be multiplied.

Anyone can make this guarantee by signing that if the family goes into trouble your frozen money will be used to pay for them. We have one student who is lucky to have a relative in Switzerland willing to sign for him, and another student from a financially very poor country who has been separated from his wife and children for 2 years without seeing them!
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Re: Dependent of a masters student [non-EU]

Actually it also depends on you wife's citizenship. If she is EU, you can come easily even if you are non-EU. The condition of sufficient means is only if she is non-EU.
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Actually it also depends on you wife's citizenship. If she is EU, you can come easily even if you are non-EU. The condition of sufficient means is only if she is non-EU.
Wrong, it is a condition regardless of status if she isn't working.

"If you are self-employed or not employed: you must prove that you have adequate financial resources to cover the living expenses of family members."

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta

As a student she will need to prove she has sufficient funds available to support them both while they're here.
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Re: Dependent of a masters student [non-EU]

Yes, but afaik FOM accept a form from the university stating that a student is able to financially support himself and a family member, without controlling any assets.
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Yes, but afaik FOM accept a form from the university stating that a student is able to financially support himself and a family member, without controlling any assets.
Yes, but presumably the uni needs to see proof before they'll fill out the form. Or would they write it up regardless.
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Or would they write it up regardless.
Afaik they do.
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Re: Dependent of a masters student [non-EU]

Hi,
Can dependent work in Switzerland? I have been told by some master's students that they give B permit for students which means B permit dependent holder can work right?
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