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Re: Losing Permanent Residence

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You might need to think a bit differently. Laying odds on 'good will' from the Swiss bureaucracy - which answers to the Swiss voters in these anti-immigrant times - is a bit naive.

Rather, concentrate on what's in it for Switzerland. Can you see a situation where Switzerland comes out a winner by allowing you to keep your permit? That is what you need to emphasize.

I've know a few people who worked abroad while keeping Swiss residency. The key here is residency - that is, while working abroad they did not need to deregister but rather they kept the 'center of their lives', that is their families and primary residence, here in Switzerland commuting back and forth frequently. Most importantly these folks kept paying taxes to Switzerland during that time. Yes it cost a fair chunk o' change, especially if the second country did not have some sort of tax agreement - but that was the price of keeping the Swiss permit.

So present your case with the emphasis on showing how it is in Switzerland's (financial) interest, showing how you can be a positive contributor to Switzerland, if allowed to maintain residency.

Wishing you all the best.


Hi Eras
I think this was excellent advice from meloncollie. Also the idea of appealing to the Swiss authorities to take those steps which would help you not to become stateless or without domicile.


Please, let us know: did you take all your papers and go and to talk to the Swiss authorities, rather than just waiting and hoping that they might respond to you? What happened?
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