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Dependent Visa processing issues

Hello,

I am an Indian citizen currently working in US and moving to Switzerland for work. My company has appointed a lawyer for handling the permit.

I had few questions which the lawyers dont have an exact answer to since it depends on the Government. So wanted to see what all experiences folks on this forum had.

1) Will my spouse permit be processed in parallel as my permit? The lawyers have asked me to submit copies of my spouse's passport, marriage certificate etc. However I have heard some stories where spouse's visa is processed only after the primary applicant's visa is processed. What kind of issues can I expect here?

2) How does the authorities decide on a B vs L permit? Is it kind of random? Anyone knows the current quota status?

3) What are the current processing times. Is 8-10 weeks an accurate estimate, or is it higher/lower for most cases?

Thanks!
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Re: Dependent Visa processing issues

1) the applications should be sent together so that they are effectively approved together - it sounds like the lawyer is doing it this way if they're collecting the documents immediately. Sometimes a company only focuses on getting their employee approved and then there is extra time involved with getting the spouse paperwork processed after.

2) As non-EU, expect an L. It isn't random or based on quotas, but the L is the default for non-EU unless you are a special case of an executive or other high-level essential employee. I believe the special cases are getting smaller and smaller lately.

3) It seems like there have been some delays lately for some renewals, but I haven't heard if it is impacting new applications.
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Re: Dependent Visa processing issues

On another note, if you possess a US Green Card then make sure you fill in form I-407 to give this up properly and get yourself out of the US tax system. Otherwise you're going to be caught up in still having to file US tax returns and possibly owing the US taxes on top of Swiss ones.

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...eenCardHolders

Make sure you keep a copy of the I-407 as it will be your only proof that you have given up your Green Card. You'll also need to complete any due filings and end up by filing an 8854 form.

Continuing to hold a Green Card will also make it difficult for you to get a bank account here as you would need to sign a W-9 form to allow said bank to pass the account info on to the IRS.
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Re: Dependent Visa processing issues

I am in the same situation. Currently I am living in Italy and have been offered a position from Lausanne - Vaud. I am already married have all documents ready. Now I have to apply for the Swiss working visa from New Delhi. I wish to apply joint visa with my wife and travel together. Although I have sent marriage certificate to my employer and they are processing but I don't know to what stage. I am wondering if this is possible ? Very Confused now...
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Hello,

I am an Indian citizen currently working in US and moving to Switzerland for work. My company has appointed a lawyer for handling the permit.

I had few questions which the lawyers dont have an exact answer to since it depends on the Government. So wanted to see what all experiences folks on this forum had.

1) Will my spouse permit be processed in parallel as my permit? The lawyers have asked me to submit copies of my spouse's passport, marriage certificate etc. However I have heard some stories where spouse's visa is processed only after the primary applicant's visa is processed. What kind of issues can I expect here?

2) How does the authorities decide on a B vs L permit? Is it kind of random? Anyone knows the current quota status?

3) What are the current processing times. Is 8-10 weeks an accurate estimate, or is it higher/lower for most cases?

Thanks!
I have the same question and I want to know how much time did it take to process your spouse visa?
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1) the applications should be sent together so that they are effectively approved together - it sounds like the lawyer is doing it this way if they're collecting the documents immediately. Sometimes a company only focuses on getting their employee approved and then there is extra time involved with getting the spouse paperwork processed after.

2) As non-EU, expect an L. It isn't random or based on quotas, but the L is the default for non-EU unless you are a special case of an executive or other high-level essential employee. I believe the special cases are getting smaller and smaller lately.

3) It seems like there have been some delays lately for some renewals, but I haven't heard if it is impacting new applications.
8-10 weeks on average, but can vary either way of course.
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