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Correct procedure for gaining a residence permit?

My Swiss/Irish partner works in switzerland and I have decided to join him. I don't plan to work as I am needed to look after our home as well as his extended family. I am know that I would be applying for the B EU/EFTA permit of residency (or at least I think so). But is it just a case of turning up to my Cantonal Migration Office and they give me a form to fill in? I'd like to be prepared with all my documents or evidences for when I go. Anyone any advice from their own experiences?
Also, I know you need to report to your local authorities within 14 days of arriving. Does this mean the Cantonal Migration Offices or the community offices? What happens if you exceed the 14 days?
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Re: Correct procedure for gaining a residence permit?

Firstly, you have to prove that you can support yourself. if you don't have a work contract, then you need to show considerable savings. If you are married and your husband is working then he can sign to be financially responsible for you and you will get a permit. If you are not married then you can apply for a concubine permit, where your partner again signs to support you… but it is hit and miss as to whether they approve these or not…. Switzerland is conservative and they still expect marriage not just living together.

Other than that, you'll need your passport, passport photos and possibly a birth cert less than 6 months old (this varies from canton to canton).
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If you are not married then you can apply for a concubine permit, where your partner again signs to support you.
Where can I find more information on a concubine permit?
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Re: Correct procedure for gaining a residence permit?

Isn't EU/EEA status now irrelevant if the partner has Swiss nationality (in addition to, say, Irish) and has never worked in another EU/EEA country: the McCarthy case: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/d...cp110043en.pdf

So, as I am guessing the previous comment says, whatever documentation is needed for the alien spouse of a Swiss citizen is still needed here.

Just asking.
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Where can I find more information on a concubine permit?
Which canton does your partner live in?

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Isn't EU/EEA status now irrelevant if the partner has Swiss nationality...
Depends on what OP means by partner. If they are not married, then OP needs to qualify for her own permit under EU rules, or opt for the concubine route. I am making a couple of assumptions of course - 1) OP is female, based on username. and 2) She and her partner are not married, otherwise generally OP would have used the term "husband."

OP care to fill in some gaps for us so we can offer some more relevant information?
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Isn't EU/EEA status now irrelevant if the partner has Swiss nationality (in addition to, say, Irish) and has never worked in another EU/EEA country: the McCarthy case: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/d...cp110043en.pdf

So, as I am guessing the previous comment says, whatever documentation is needed for the alien spouse of a Swiss citizen is still needed here.

Just asking.
I don't see how this is relevant??


The OP has 3-4 options to get a residence permit;

- Permit through employment
- Permit through marriage
- Permit through wealth
- Try and see if they'll grant a concubine permit.
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Re: Correct procedure for gaining a residence permit?

Yes Yes your assumptions are all correct, unmarried female. Marriage is on the cards but we both feel we should be more established and financially secure before doing so.
But of course, we live together and he is making plenty to support us both. I would like to get work of course But for the rest of this year at least, I wont be planning on working. I Hope this helps! I haven't the foggiest on where to start with all this! Planning on moving in April, too.
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Re: Correct procedure for gaining a residence permit?

You need to contact the canton migration office where you plan to live to find out what their requirements are for obtaining a concubine permit. Each canton varies in its regulations. And I seriously doubt you'll get one by April 1st. You might be lucky as he's Swiss, but usually the process takes several months and you'll both need to answer some very personal and detailed questions about your relationship.
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I don't see how this is relevant??


The OP has 3-4 options to get a residence permit;

- Permit through employment
- Permit through marriage
- Permit through wealth
- Try and see if they'll grant a concubine permit.
5. Job seekers permit.
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5. Job seekers permit.
Good point…. although they won't renew this forever if she does not get a job in the near future… and she said she was going to be a house-wife.

Option 6 of course, is a student permit. Maybe do a French course!
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