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Old 23.06.2015, 21:12
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Re: C Permit for EU citizens

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My understanding is that you need to pass a test or have passed a test of A2 proficiency in the language of the kanton. Having said this, I have a Dutch friend who got the C permit on the premise that "Dutch is close to German" - ouch! Possibly the only time that the statement was not received with a vehement disapproval
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Check this thread

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-life/203361-new-language-requirement-eu-c-permit.html

you'll see Italian nationals are exempt from the language requirement due to the agreement they have with the Swiss. (post number 9)

"Due to subsidiary agreements and declarations of the Federal Council, nationals of the following countries received the permanent residence permit after a regular and uninterrupted stay of five years in Switzerland:

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Liechtenstein, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Spain."

Also in this thread:

http://www.englishforum.ch/permits-visas-government/183250-new-language-requirements-eu-efta-applicants-c-permit-kt-zug.html

So although Canton Zurich requires the test as an Italian you're exempt.

bal2084, understand that while the C permit lasts for 10 years as opposed to a B's 5, if you don't meet the requirements when it comes up for renewal then it may not be renewed.
More likely because he's exempt from the test, same as the OP is.
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Old 23.06.2015, 21:53
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Re: C Permit for EU citizens

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My understanding is that you need to pass a test or have passed a test of A2 proficiency in the language of the kanton. Having said this, I have a Dutch friend who got the C permit on the premise that "Dutch is close to German" - ouch! Possibly the only time that the statement was not received with a vehement disapproval
It depends on the canton and the nationality.
Some cantons have no language requirements and others require A2 or even B1 one if the official languages unless you are from one of the countries with reciprocal agreements ( the Netherlands being one of them).

It's been mentioned on here many times before.

Last edited by Belgianmum; 23.06.2015 at 22:06. Reason: Typos
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