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Extension of Non-EU L-permit

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My current L-permit is valid until April 2015. How does it go about the extension and how much time does the entire process takes? I have an indefinite job contract and even though I was given a L-permit in the first year. I guess this is the standard procedure for Non-EUs.

I read some previous threads and it seems that the employer first needs to register for an extension of work permit. How long before should I inform the employer regarding the extension?

Regarding the residence permit, does it also follow the same procedure as in once the work permit is extended, can I simply go the Gemeindehaus and apply for it?

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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

There is an L/B renewal form. Your employer needs to fill in and sign some of the form, so often they'll prepare everything for you - ask them first. You need to bring it into the migration office (same one you went to get your permit originally) with the form, your passport, and current permit. This needs to happen before your current permit expires, but no earlier than 2 (or 3 max) months. You hand in your current permit, so if you plan on traveling you need to ask about getting a visa in your passport. You'll be without it for 4-8 weeks while the renewal is being processed. If there are any questions about the work permit side of things, your employer will be contacted.
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

Let your employer do it. They can start normally not more than 90 days in advance. Once work permit is approved you will receive letter with a form and some fees. Which need to be paid at kreisburo/gemeinde. Approximately two week after that you will receive new ID. In my experience all of this should take less than 2 months.

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Hello everyone,

My current L-permit is valid until April 2015. How does it go about the extension and how much time does the entire process takes? I have an indefinite job contract and even though I was given a L-permit in the first year. I guess this is the standard procedure for Non-EUs.

I read some previous threads and it seems that the employer first needs to register for an extension of work permit. How long before should I inform the employer regarding the extension?

Regarding the residence permit, does it also follow the same procedure as in once the work permit is extended, can I simply go the Gemeindehaus and apply for it?

Thank you.
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

Can my employer request for a B-permit or will I get a L-permit by default for the second year?

I got the below information here
http://www.expatica.com/ch/visas-and...ts_102462.html

"Permit L – is a short-term residence permit that allows you to stay in Switzerland for up to one year. The L permit is tied to the terms of the employment contract and may be extended in exceptional cases for a further year but no more if you continue to work for the same employer."

Does this mean that it is not possible to convert from L to B-permit if I want to work with same employer?
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

You employer can request for a B but most probably you will be given L for second year. It would be tied up with your employer. In third year you will get a B if you have unlimited contract.

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Can my employer request for a B-permit or will I get a L-permit by default for the second year?

I got the below information here
http://www.expatica.com/ch/visas-and...ts_102462.html

"Permit L – is a short-term residence permit that allows you to stay in Switzerland for up to one year. The L permit is tied to the terms of the employment contract and may be extended in exceptional cases for a further year but no more if you continue to work for the same employer."

Does this mean that it is not possible to convert from L to B-permit if I want to work with same employer?
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

Yes I already had an unlimited contract from the very beginning. But I also read somewhere in previous threads that for converting to B permit, the employer needs to publish the job advertisement again and prove that they could not find a suitable candidate. Is this also need to be proved by the employer for extending the L permit for the second year?
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

Yes in 3rd year when authority can't issue you L anymore company will have to do job advertisement etc to get you a B. Sometime this B can also be tied to the company.

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Yes I already had an unlimited contract from the very beginning. But I also read somewhere in previous threads that for converting to B permit, the employer needs to publish the job advertisement again and prove that they could not find a suitable candidate. Is this also need to be proved by the employer for extending the L permit for the second year?
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You hand in your current permit, so if you plan on traveling you need to ask about getting a visa in your passport. You'll be without it for 4-8 weeks while the renewal is being processed.
I always send them a copy only.
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Yes in 3rd year when authority can't issue you L anymore company will have to do job advertisement etc to get you a B. Sometime this B can also be tied to the company.
After 2 years company doesn't need to do advertisement. They convert it "automatically".
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After 2 years company doesn't need to do advertisement. They convert it "automatically".
Well I doubt if it is done automatically. If it was so, then it does not serve any purpose of authorities issuing the L-permit for the first 2 years. At least, this is what I perceived after reading some of the previous threads.
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Well I doubt if it is done automatically. If it was so, then it does not serve any purpose of authorities issuing the L-permit for the first 2 years. At least, this is what I perceived after reading some of the previous threads.
You can believe or not I got my B a year ago after 2 years with L. My company didn't do the research at that time. They only proved that they still need me and other requirements like job position and salary are still met.
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

Yes that proving thing is not as simple as you think. Employer need to submit 100s of documents as per lawyer advice and sometime even after submitting those documents, employer gets letter asking for some more additional documents. Normally what HR and Lawyer do behind the scene, they rarely tell so you may feel company didn't do the research at the time of renewal.

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You can believe or not I got my B a year ago after 2 years with L. My company didn't do the research at that time. They only proved that they still need me and other requirements like job position and salary are still met.
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Yes that proving thing is not as simple as you think. Employer need to submit 100s of documents as per lawyer advice and sometime even after submitting those documents, employer gets letter asking for some more additional documents. Normally what HR and Lawyer do behind the scene, they rarely tell so you may feel company didn't do the research at the time of renewal.
Of course employer has to submit all the papers that the authorities ask for. But after two years on L my employer was not asked to advertise the job again and do market research to find anybody else to fulfill the position. After one year on L when I applied for B - my employer got this request to do the advertising. I only mean this.

My company is very small now and I'm informed about nearly everything as we do backup of each other including HR stuff.
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Re: Extension of Non-EU L-permit

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Of course employer has to submit all the papers that the authorities ask for. But after two years on L my employer was not asked to advertise the job again and do market research to find anybody else to fulfill the position. After one year on L when I applied for B - my employer got this request to do the advertising. I only mean this.

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