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Hello guys. My name is Javier and I'm a Spanish citizen and I would like to move to Switzerland. But my wife is Colombian.

I understand it is very simple for me to get a work permit, but I was wondering how difficult would it be for my wife.

In case it makes a difference, our two kids (2 and 3) are Spanish also.

Any idea? THANKS!

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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

Swiss Authorities Online (ch.ch) says that for purposes of family reunification the nationality of the family member, such as a spouse, of an EU citizen is irrelevant:

"EU/EFTA citizens holding a Swiss residence permit may bring the following family members to Switzerland under the family reunification programme:
  • Spouse, registered partnership
  • Children and grandchildren under the age of 21 or older if you agree to pay their living expenses,
  • Parents and grandparents if their living expenses are covered.
  • If you are enrolled in an education and training programme, you may only bring your spouse, dependent children under the family reunification programme.
The following requirements must be met in order for family reunification to take place:
  • Your apartment must be large enough by Swiss standards to accommodate the entire family.
  • If you are self-employed or not employed: you must prove that you have adequate financial resources to cover the living expenses of family members.
Regardless of the nationality of the family member, he/she will receive an EU/EFTA residence permit (even if the person is a third-state national). This permit will have the same period of validity as your own residence permit. Family members may take up employment but must register with the cantonal immigration and labour market authorities."

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/
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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

Thanks so much Mullhollander for replying. Is so nice of you.

So, if I understand correctly, because she is married to me, she should have no problems getting a permit to stay and work there, and my kids can live with us to without mayor issues. Correct?

Thanks so much for your help. Really friendly response.
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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

It will be important that you, as an EU citizen, have sufficient funds until you obtain employment or become self-employed. As I understand it, once you obtain a residence permit, then you can apply for family reunification for your family. This ch.ch page might assist you:

https://www.ch.ch/en/working-switzerland-eu-efta/

Also, please keep in mind that this is a general message board. If immigration law expertise is required, please consult a Swiss immigration attorney.
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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

Hi, Javierrrr! I am also a non EU citizen (as your wife) married to a Spanish man. He first got a job and residence permit (B) and asked immediately for family reunification. I had to apply for a visa because my purpose was living here, not staying here for three months (as a tourist). I had no problem. I got the one-entry visa from the Swiss Embassy in my country. Is she in Spain?
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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

Thanks Mullhollander for replying again.

Nelita, we are both living in Colombia right now. The idea is for me to get a job, and then travel to Switzerland and have them move about a month in.

What do you think?
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Thanks Mullhollander for replying again.

Nelita, we are both living in Colombia right now. The idea is for me to get a job, and then travel to Switzerland and have them move about a month in.

What do you think?
This seems like a reasonable plan, although you might have to travel to Switzerland to get a job.
You haven't mentioned whether you have German or French language abilities. In my opinion, the biggest reason that newcomers do not succeed in Switzerland is due to lack of language abilities. If you are planning to work in the local economy (and not at the international level in English), I would encourage you to begin German or French lessons without further delay.
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Re: EU Citizen with non-EU wife: how easy would be for her?

Javierrrr: I just sent you a private message.
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