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Re: Permit for my parent

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So basically , my options to bring my parent are :
1. Get permit C , which means living 10 years in Switzerland , and then I'd be allowed to ask the Canton for a family reunification for a parent and not just kids or spouse.
2. Earn 500k per year .

In other words, it's impossible for my parent to move to Switzerland. That's really disappointing..


Thank you for the help.
No. Even with a C permit non-EU/EFTA nationals can only bring in their spouses and children under 18.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification/

You would also have to prove that they are already financially dependent on you before the move.

It's extremely difficult (read almost impossible) to bring a parent here if you're a non-EU/EFTA national.
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haha she's actually got the Russian mind set more.
And why are you saying that? is there really that "cold" feeling in Switzerland?

In any case, she doesn't like it in Israel, and frankly I don't much either. Tough there are the positive sides, like the people, all are very friendly and always willing to help.
Coming back to Russia is not really an option, it really hasn't changed that much since the Soviet times in its 'core'. Also, engineers/programmers make very little money there.
We mostly are just looking for some nice calm place, where it's peaceful, and you can live decently, and would be a safe place to start a family for me.
A couple of comments based on my attempts to being a non-EU parent here. Obviously if your mother receives EU citizenship that is a game changer. But until then...

We had our C permits when we started the process, in our canton this did not make the application any easier.

In order for a non EU resident to bring a nonEU parent here that parent must be alone in the world with no one but the Swiss resident to care for him/her.

The non EU parent must be wholly dependent on the Swiss resident. Here I caution you about your idea of setting your mother up in business, as that could scuttle the dependency argument. Not to mention work permit issues.

At the time of application sufficient finances must be in place to cover the dependent parent's needs. In our case we had to show that we had, now, enough for the rest of the parent's expected lifetime, including medical costs. There had to be solid proof that the dependent parent would never become a tax burden, and had we brought FIL over we would have had to sign a guarantee to that effect.

Either yours or your mother's funds may be counted, but between you you must be able to show serious money. Do not forget to calculate expected medical and assisted living costs down the road, even if not needed now.

Your standing in the community, your record as a tax payer, might play a role in the decision.

The application is decided on an individual basis, there are few rules, rather interpretations by individual bureaucrats as to individual cases.

We live in a canton that is very reluctant to allow chain migration so the barriers were very high.

I have seen, though, that other friends have been successful basing their applications on compassionate grounds. Other cantons and Gemeinde may have a very different application process and make decisions from very different criteria. Even the same canton and Gemeinde might not treat two similar applications the same way.

An application based on compassionate grounds would likely have fallen on deaf ears in my canton, here the only thing that mattered was to prove that the canton would benefit from allowing the parent to live here.

But you will find that attitudes, to this and everything else, vary widely across the cantons. You will need to understand the thought processes in your Gemeinde and canton, and tailor your application from there.

The process can be long and drawn out. It could take a year or longer for a decision. We will never know the outcome of our application because FIL died in the interim, we then obviously withdrew the application.

A couple of other points:

The sponsoring resident had to be 'well integrated' i.e., able to speak German. European reference certificate accepted as proof.

Where we live few speak English... or if they do are not willing to speak it conversationally. One is expected to speak German, punkt fertig. Even the local doctor does not speak English, so that is another factor in bringing a parent over. Health care would have been a significant challenge for FIL, even though he had a smattering of half remembered childhood German.

As to the need for skilled workers...

Yes, many large global companies are claiming they need skilled workers... At the same time they are laying off their own employees in large numbers and moving jobs out of the country. IT is particularly affected. What these companies really mean when claiming that they cannot hire in Switzerland is that they want inexpensive skilled labor, not skilled labor at Swiss prices. Labor in Switzerland is simply far too expensive for many companies to compete in the global market.

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei. The next years will be interesting times... As in the old Chinese curse.

Any non EU person coming over here should understand the reality of the employment situation today, and keep an exit plan in one's back pocket. Is it fair to bring an elderly parent here for what might be short term stay?


YMMV, as it always does in Switzerland. I hope you can find a solution that meets your mother's needs.

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