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Cost of and difference between permits.

I've had a little browse through some other threads but I am still a little confused in terms of my situation. I wish to come to switzerland from Ireland and get a residence permit (which as far as I understand, I can get whether I find work or not because of my savings and my Swiss, working, guarantor boyfriend (I am still intending to work, however))
How much does it cost to get a permit, nobody seems to mention what one actually cost. I seen a person had payed 7000chf for his, is that really what it costs?
Also, I know the L permit is short term, up to a year but can be renewed and a B permit is 5 years. I'd like to stay here probably for 3-5 years but is there a difference in the 2 permits or what is required for them?

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Old 08.04.2015, 15:33
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Re: Cost of and difference between permits.

As an EU citizen you can come here and live as long as you can support yourself. This means having a work contract, large savings, married to someone who can support you, self employed. Occasionally they will let a partner support you, but generally you have to be married.

As for the permit. If you are job seeking or have small savings or a short term contract you will likely be given an L permitů this can be renewed as often as is necessary. If you show the means to support yourself long term then you will get a 5 year B permit.

Permits cost in the region of 60-100 francs every time you renew, depending on where you are living.
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How much does it cost to get a permit, nobody seems to mention what one actually cost. I seen a person had payed 7000chf for his, is that really what it costs?
No. I don't know the exact charges, but it's just administration fees, in the order of tens or perhaps a couple of hundred francs.

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Also, I know the L permit is short term, up to a year but can be renewed and a B permit is 5 years. I'd like to stay here probably for 3-5 years but is there a difference in the 2 permits or what is required for them?
I think you'll automatically get a B as a EU citizen anyway, but it's not something you can choose. Rather it normally, for non-EUs in particular, depends on the work contract. I think your options for purchasing property and getting finance may be more limited on an L but other than that I'm not sure it makes any day to day difference. If you stay here for five years on a B you're normally automatically upgraded to a C which effectively grants a permanent right of residency, which is much more significant of course.
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I think you'll automatically get a B as a EU citizen anyway, but it's not something you can choose.
Thank you! I was worrying it would be a case of I ask for one and they say which one and I wouldn't know but if I will just get assigned then it makes it a little easier for me.
I really appreciate the responses.

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Old 08.04.2015, 19:17
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I seen a person had payed 7000chf for his, is that really what it costs?
Could you please given me this person's name, as I'd be willing to sell them O'Connell Bridge or even O'Connell Street for that matter for a very reasonable sum....
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I think you'll automatically get a B as a EU citizen anyway, but it's not something you can choose.
I had loads of L permits as an EU citizen before I got a B-permit.
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Could you please given me this person's name, as I'd be willing to sell them O'Connell Bridge or even O'Connell Street for that matter for a very reasonable sum....
This is most probably for citizenship. I don't think it costs that much these days but it used be quite expensive, even up to and past the 7KF mark.

To the OP, your best bet if to go to the authorities and apply for an EU job seekers permit. This will be for 6 months but then can be renewed.

Check the website of your canton or commune. They often have all you need to know.

The fees for the permit are probably in the 60-120F range.

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Re: Cost of and difference between permits.

Thank you everyone! I feel a bit better knowing its not impossible for me to do. I have a little time before I plan to come over so I can get all the documents I may need in order,
Thanks again!
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I had loads of L permits as an EU citizen before I got a B-permit.
Yebbut, you came over years ago, before they EU agreement(s) were put in place.
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Yebbut, you came over years ago, before they EU agreement(s) were put in place.
Yes, but I still have EU friends here on L-permits. If your work contract is less than 12 months, you get an L-permit, being EU doesn't change anything. I had L-permits up until I got married in 2013.
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