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Old 16.02.2015, 13:51
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B permit waiting

I've poked around a little for some advice but haven't found what I need.
I applied for a residence permit on September 2nd along with my daughter and wife. My wife has the job and different surname. She got her permit in 2 weeks. My daughter and I are still waiting. It's nearly 6 months. I have emailed my local control de habitants (Nyon, Vaud) as well as stopped in at that office. They explained in both cases that they just send the forms to Lausanne and have no impact on the timing. I should just wait. This is becoming a problem as I can't be added to my wife's bank account (damn blue passport), receive insurance card or exchange my US driver's license without that permit. In each situation the attestation is not enough.
So, has anyone had luck finding a contact in Lausanne to politely ask them to process the paperwork?
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Old 16.02.2015, 14:09
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Re: B permit waiting

Hello

I agree, this waiting time is becoming a bit of a joke.

I initially arrived with my family (wife + 2 kids) in August and we got our B Permits within 2 weeks after applying. Super efficient!

We then moved from our temporary furnished flat to our definite flat mid september, after which I had to hand over all 4 original permits in Nyon, even though it was just for a change of address. We then had to apply all over again, including new pictures and fees, whereas in the recent past you would just receive a new paper that would replace the right part of the permit.

We are now mid February and we still did not receive our new permits. Luckily we managed to get everything set up with our Attestation de Résidence (including setting up bank account, changing driving license, buying car etc).

The Contrôle des Habitants in Nyon is of no help really as they are just pointing towards Lausanne where they are allegedly suffering from a massive backlog due to computer issues.

I am aware of a British couple that arrived in Nyon in August as well and was tired of waiting and just started calling Lausanne every second day. They somehow managed to get their B Permits a few weeks ago.

Anyways here is the link to the Contrôle des Habitants in Lausanne

http://www.lausanne.ch/en/lausanne-o...habitants.html


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Re: B permit waiting

I am having the same issues with my wifes permit in Geneva, applied on Oct and chasing every 2 days, but just get told it is in progress...
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Re: B permit waiting

I understand that Lausanne is taking a few months to process things though I really can't understand why. However, I can see where there might be problems. Firstly, what nationality is your wife? If non-EU then really she should have moved here first and got established before applying for you and your child to join her here under family reunification. Secondly, the different surnames: are you actually married or are you simply co-habiting, albeit in a long term, permanent relationship? If the second, the Swiss don't really recognise this status and you should either have applied under your own job offer for a permit or she should have applied for a concubine permit for you, again after she got established here first. If she is an EU national then the co-habiting is still the same problem, though might be easier to sort out.

timjolin, I really wouldn't add you name to any accounts held by your wife. If you do, they'll have to be reported to the Treasury/IRS via an FBAR form if the aggregate figure comes to over $10,000 at any time of the year. This is despite the fact that you may not be paying any money into the account/s. Any accounts with your name or where you have signatory rights must be reported, no exceptions.

Keep everything separate where at all possible. And I hope you're aware of your US filing obligations now that you're out of the States.

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad
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Re: B permit waiting

Getting the actually permit in hand for non-EUs takes a while as you get the plastic credit card type and they have to send them out to be done.

For EU people I'm surprised it's taking that long. I guess as was said there is a computer problem creating delays. Nothing you can do about that, unfortunately.

I'm surprised the attestation is not enough to get most things done.

Oh, wait!? 6 months? I read six week. That is really not normal. I think it's time to go down in person if you haven't yet.
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Re: B permit waiting

I should have clarified...
We both have dual citizenships, EU and US.
We are married.
For permit purposes we use only EU passports. However, the banks require the actual permit not just attestation to open an account. The permit is just slow. The bank accounts and taxes are a nightmare because of US citizenship. Separate though related issues.
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Re: B permit waiting

Don't worry about it .. I'm EU (UK) and our Geneva permits took a couple of weeks..

However after moving to VD it was six months before we got the new permits.

We still did everything without them, including banks and contracts, just go to the commune office and get and attestation that it's applied for. That along with attestation from employer that you're employed should cover everything.
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Re: B permit waiting

This sounds abnormally slow to me as well.
We arrived January 16th, applied in Lausanne on January 20th, and received the cards for all (primary, spouse, and child) on February 4th. We are non-EU.

Incidentally we opened a bank account with the attestation prior to the arrival of the cards.
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Re: B permit waiting

We got the attestations the day after applying for the work permit/residency permits. However, as a US citizen (regardless of dual citizenship) only UBS is even considering opening accounts. UBS says they will only add me once I hold the permit--attestation is insufficient. Insurance cards will also not be issued (talked to company directly) until permit is approved. Driver's permits can also not be exchanged until holding the physical permit.
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We got the attestations the day after applying for the work permit/residency permits. However, as a US citizen (regardless of dual citizenship) only UBS is even considering opening accounts. UBS says they will only add me once I hold the permit--attestation is insufficient. Insurance cards will also not be issued (talked to company directly) until permit is approved. Driver's permits can also not be exchanged until holding the physical permit.
I'm going to second MF on this one. When the time comes, do not add your name to your wife's account. Just get your own account. I have an account with UBS and I've never had a problem with them. So don't worry that you don't have too much (ie, any) choice.
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