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Old 09.05.2015, 13:58
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C-permit arrived automatically, but what does it mean?

Specifically, I made the decision last year to move back to the UK this year, things are in motion, and I move in August. I know I'm going back to a lower standard of living (in some senses, not all), I just feel the pull from my roots! But it seems to make sense not to burn my bridges, so the question is, what happens when I leave? My C-permit arrived automatically yesterday from Basel-Stadt canton, I will have been here 5 years in July fully employed. I've heard different versions and looked at many websites, but can't seem to find an answer.

One person has said I can be out of Switzerland for 6 months less one day and return with no impact. Others have said it's up to two years. Someone else said not to tell the authorities I'm leaving, but I don't really know how that would work (plus am a crap liar). Does anyone know the definitive answer?
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Re: C-permit arrived automatically, but what does it mean?

If you're moving permanently then your C permit will expire after 6 months, assuming you don't de-register as you should. If you eventually decide to move back again then currently, providing you get a well enough paid job, you'd get a B permit again. This could change of course, depending on what the Federal government decides to do about the recent vote to curb immigration.

If you're talking a temporary move then it is possible to put the permit on hold for up to 4 years under strict critera, i.e. your Swiss company sends you to work abroad, required military service in other country or further education. For any other reason the default answer from your commune/gemeinde will be "no" so you would need to convince them otherwise.
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Re: C-permit arrived automatically, but what does it mean?

Thank you (and thanks to Odile for the PM), this makes sense. I will be working for my Swiss company, but they aren't exactly sending me there. They've been very understanding and supportive, but the contract is temporary, on a trial basis (i.e. can I continue to do my current job remotely).

I do have family reasons for going back too, so an appeal to the canton on those grounds might work, to put it on hold.
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Re: C-permit arrived automatically, but what does it mean?

Well, you'd need to emphasize that you do intend to return here and that you consider your centre of life to be here and not in your new country. It's your commune/gemeinde who makes the decision so talk to them first to see what they say.
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