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Hi everyone. I am a Canadian citizen who has just accepted a job at EPFL in Lausanne. I was hoping to ask a couple of questions about my own visa, as well as my options for bringing my partner to Switzerland.
My employer says I must apply for a Work Visa (Type D) with the Canadian embassy. I intend to send these documents ASAP. Does anyone have any recent experience with the timelines of such a process, or advice? Also, when I arrive in Switzerland, I understand I will have to apply for a 'work and residence permit'. I assume this is the permit of type B or L, and I will need my work contract and birth certificate to apply. Is there anything in the above I am missing?
More importantly, I am very interested in bringing my Canadian partner to Switzerland from Canada next year. She will complete her current contract and be available to move in the spring. We have been together for 11 years and are unmarried, but have been living together in Canada for 6 years and are considered to be in a 'common-law marriage'. I am prepared to support her on my salary, and she would look for a job while here if permitted (she is an experienced teacher, bilingual in french/english).
Is it realistic for my partner to receive permission to live with me in Switzerland without getting officially married? How useful would it really be to get officially married? There is a possibility for my work contract to be extended from one year to two, but I won't be able to accept such an extension if she isn't able to live and (maybe) work in Switzerland with me.
Thanks so much for any help!
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How soon are you planning to come? Because it's your employer who has to apply for your permit
, not you when you arrive - only EU nationals can do that. If your permit hasn't been approved by the Swiss authorities you won't be working here, period. You must apply at the nearest Swiss embassy/consulate to you in Canada for the Type D visa which allows you to enter Switzerland long term. This is all it does, it's the permit which allows you to live/work here and if EPFL has been granted a permit on your behalf then the visa will be issued. If it hasn't you won't get the visa. Contact them asap to clear this up. EPFL should know the way things work so if that's what they've told you, they're wrong.
The criteria for the hiring of non-EU nationals is outlined here - this is what EPFL has to do to be able to hire you: https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...zulassung.html
and the procedure for getting approval is outlined here: https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...ensablauf.html
Average timeline for getting the permit approved is 8-10 weeks, but could be both shorter or longer.
For your partner there are three choices (apart from the marriage option). She gets a pre-approved job offer like you did or she is able to show she can support herself financially without working. Or you can apply for what's called a concubine permit for her which is what the Swiss use for hetrosexual couples who aren't married. To get that you would have to agree to be financially responsible for her for 5 years. Whether she could work or not with that permit I don't know. But frankly, the marriage option is probably the easiest. She would get the same permit as you and not have the non-EU hiring problem to deal with.
Here's Vaud's requirements for the concubine permit, other cantons' rules will be similar, but not necessary exactly the same. http://www.vd.ch/themes/vie-privee/p...s-du-concubin/
To work as a teacher here in the Swiss public school system she would need to have her qualifications recognised. http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/017...x.html?lang=en