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How long it takes for Permit renewals

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Need to know what is the duration it takes for resident permit renewals and when shall one need to apply. I am specifically interested in L permit renewals.

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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

Permit renewal can be started 90 days before expiry. In my case L to L renewal was very fast but L to B renewal took slightly longer. So if its your first renewal you will probably get an another L.

You may ask your employer 90 days before expiry to start the process and they will get new authorization letter within 2-3 weeks of application if all goes well. After that you will receive a letter from kreisburo approximately 1 month before expiry of your permit to deposit fees for new permit/ID. Once you pay that you will receive new ID in 2 weeks.

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Hi Friends,
Need to know what is the duration it takes for resident permit renewals and when shall one need to apply. I am specifically interested in L permit renewals.

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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

The renewal applicatino comes in the mail from your Local Gemeinde, usually end of November/early December. After you fill out the form and deliver it, with your current permit and passport to the Gemeinde, you will have a new permit in 2-3 weeks.
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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

Hi,
The renewal application does not come in november or december but one month before your current permit expiry.
so for exampke, if your current permit is expiring in june 2015, you will get the renewal application in may 2015

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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

I had to send an email to my Gemeinde and they send me the renewal application the next day. It took me 4 weeks to get the new permit from the time I personaly went to my local Gemeinde in Zurich (Jan. 20 to Feb. 20).

If you are employed, the process is (based on my experience in Canton Zurich): you go in person to the Gemeinde, then they send the application to the immigration office. The immigration office then sends a letter to the AWA and AWA sends a letter with a form to your employer to see if you are still employed. Once the completed form is sent back to AWA, a confirmation from AWA goes to the immigration office and then you get your permit.
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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

I am in same process right now and when I submitted my (B) permit renewal forms and they told me in 2-4 weeks will get new one.
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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

It really depends (I do not know exactly on what ) but we got our permit once after 10 days and this time it has been 4 weeks that we are waiting for it.
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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

The process is quite different whether you are EU or Non-Eu and whether you are 'tied' to your employer.

If you are Non-EU and with an L permit you are tied to your employer and they will receive the documents and then there is process they need to complete before you get the forms/renewals. In my experience, this doesn't always go smoothly...

Our employer was highly keen to not lose the permits, so they found out exactly the earliest they could apply for renewal (which I think was 3 months ahead) and lodged it all as quickly as possible after the acceptable date)...

Non-EU typically have an L permit which is issued for 1 year but 'pre-approved' for two years - so if it's your first year going into the second one, assume you will get the L permit on the same basis as you got the first one, and it probably won't be a big drama.

However, if you are Non-EU after two years on the L, you can be put onto the B permit. This is not automatic - the employer has to once again show that they cannot find anyone to take the job in Switzerland or the EU. Our employer re-advertised the job 6 months ahead to create a 'dossier' to prove there was not anyone suitable to take this position, and then submitted everything 3 months ahead of the permit end date, and they did it all quite efficiently. They were highly supportive of my husband's employment and told us that if they did it as quickly as allowed, it would give enough time to 'appeal' if there were any problems with the permit... but in our case, it wasn't a problem, everything was done and the permits were re-issued...

Once you are on the Non-EU B permit it may or may not be 'tied' to the employer. If it's tied, the employer's name is printed on the card, and the forms are sent via the employer...if it's not tied, the forms go directly to you...

We moved house (moved Gemeinde) and had a problem because the old Gemeinde thought the new Gemeinde would process the renewal, and the new one assumed the old one had done it, and it was a bit of a problem...we exited Switzerland for summer holidays with permits expiring and only a letter from the immigration authorities issued to the employer confirming that the permit had been approved, but the renewal got mixed up. We had to talk our way through passport control at Zurich airport (the letter was adequate and the fact that we are allowed in Switzerland as 'tourists')... but there was a bit of a panic when the local Gemeinde realised they had messed it up...we had to get all the paperwork sorted out in a couple of days...but it was more of a 'their problem not ours' as we had not done anything to cause the problem...so it was resolved quickly with smiles all round...
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Re: How long it takes for Permit renewals

I have to confess that this time we have problems due to our company mistake. They send the documents to Bern Fremdenpolizei instead of Zurich (We live in Kanton Zurich and work in Bern). Otherwise it should not take this much long.
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