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Grace period for moving in Schengen Zone

Hello everyone,

I'm a Canadian currently in France on a work visa that expires February 20th. I applied for a Swiss visa (Baselstadt) which is supposed to arrive by March 2nd by the latest. Hence there will be a small gap. I haven't been able to find on the internet information on what sort of grace period I should have? My French work says I have 30 days. Does anyone know for sure, or provide some useful links?

The Swiss embassy already stamped my passport to indicate that I applied for a type D work visa.

Also does anyone know if I have to get my visa at the border or go back to Paris?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Grace period for moving in Schengen Zone

If the embassy stamped your passport that should be the visa I would think. Have you actually looked at what it says?

You certainly can't get your visa at the border, it has to be done at the embassy you applied for it at. If that was Paris, then that's where you need to go.

Or are you confusing the words permit and visa? The Type D visa only allows you to enter Switzerland long term legally, it doesn't allow you to live/work here. You won't be issued with that until your permit which does allow you to live/work here is approved by both Basel-Stadt and the FOM and you can't really put a time limit on their decision. And no, the permit, once granted, can't be picked up at the border either. You have to go to the Basel-Stadt migration office to kick off the process of getting it issued assuming you get approval.

I'm confused about the purpose of your visit. Are you coming to Switzerland as a tourist - in which case you wouldn't need a visa. Or have you got a new job here, because you won't get a permit or Type D visa without one.
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Re: Grace period for moving in Schengen Zone

No, it's literally just a stamp indicating the date of application. The visa apparently waits for Baselstadt to approve the work permit (which my employer has already applied for, from what I understand). The rules apparently are changing quite a bit, the HR people seem to be having trouble keeping up.
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No, it's literally just a stamp indicating the date of application. The visa apparently waits for Baselstadt to approve the work permit (which my employer has already applied for, from what I understand). The rules apparently are changing quite a bit, the HR people seem to be having trouble keeping up.
No, the rules aren't changing, though they may well be being enforced more strictly due to the vote in February last year to curb immigration.

Basically as I said until you get approval for the permit the Type D visa will not be issued and you cannot enter Switzerland legally without it. The visa will be issued in Paris as that's where you applied for it. There's no grace period in Switzerland so it sounds as if you're lucky there's one in France because there's no guarantee you'll get approval by the 2nd March. If/when you get notification of permit approval you'll have a certain period (2-3 months) that the visa is valid for so you can enter the country.
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Re: Grace period for moving in Schengen Zone

Ask the French authorities how long you can hang around after your French permit expires. If you need longer than that and don't want to pop back to Canada for a while, you could go and hang around in the UK for a bit, or maybe you can go to the UK and then re-enter schengen as a tourist for a few months.
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Ask the French authorities how long you can hang around after your French permit expires. If you need longer than that and don't want to pop back to Canada for a while, you could go and hang around in the UK for a bit, or maybe you can go to the UK and then re-enter schengen as a tourist for a few months.
Yes it's thirty days grace period in France after they tell you to leave:

http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/p...s/F18362.xhtml

I guess if it looks like I will have a problem, I will go to the prefecture armed with my applications and ask for a prolongation. Otherwise the suggestion to abscond to the UK is a good one, thanks.
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