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B-permit and sabbatical

Hi All,

The forum has already given me great info regarding B-permits and what happens to them with a sabbatical, ie after 6 months outside of Switzerland the permit will be invalidated.

However, I couldn't find (either on the forum or generally on the internet) what the requirements are for time back in the country before going again. Essentially my employer has offered a sabbatical for one year; would it be possible to go for 6 months, come back for a month and then leave again for the rest of the sabbatical?

Thanks for any info you can help with!
G
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Re: B-permit and sabbatical

I don't know, but I would imagine your employer is going to have a hard time getting your permit renewed if he was able to do without you for 6 or 12 months...
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I don't know, but I would imagine your employer is going to have a hard time getting your permit renewed if he was able to do without you for 6 or 12 months...
That is not going to be a problem as OP is from UK.
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That is not going to be a problem as OP is from UK.
His Bio says he is South African.
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That is not going to be a problem as OP is from UK.
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His Bio says he is South African.
Perhaps he's both (this post in another thread last year):

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Re: B-permit and sabbatical

Well as a British Citizen I see you have two options….

1. Sign out of Switzerland when you start your sabbatical. You lose your B permit, but would save on health insurance, rent etc etc for the year. Then get a new B permit when you go back to work.

2. Stay signed in in Switzerland. As a British Citizen, you have freedom of movement and can come and go as you please. The authorities are not going to know how long you are gone or when you are back. The only thing I can imagine they may question is that you are not paying any tax that year.
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Re: B-permit and sabbatical

Hi, Yarg,

Are you in the academia? If so, those on sabbatical leave have different rules than regular people (that means, in the words of a mathematician, we are all regulars, unless a mathematician.)

If you are an academician, ask the secretary or the HR to provide you with the info. I don't know if there is something similar in the private sector.
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Re: B-permit and sabbatical

Thanks to all for the input. I have dual nationality (SA/UK) but the permit for Switzerland is based on the UK passport.

By the sounds of things it might just be easier/less potential hassle to give up the permit and apply for a new one when I get back.

Thanks again for your responses!
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