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Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

With a non-EU passport, will you get a student-visa to Switzerland, if you are accepted for a 3 month German intensive course?
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Re: Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

I don't think so. Usually they'd be for courses that are longer than that I think. Even if you did get one it would only be an L permit and would only last as long as your course.
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I don't think so. Usually they'd be for courses that are longer than that I think. Even if you did get one it would only be an L permit and would only last as long as your course.
I have friends who signed up for a 6-month intensive course and got a student-visa for 3 months. After the first 3 months they married. to someone they knew before of course - they just wanted to try out if they can live together and the student visa seemend to be a good way to do this.

I am just asking on EF as their story breaks the written law in several ways: 1) You are supposed to leave Switzerland after your student visa is over and 2) if you plan to marry, you need a special marriage visa. Both requirements were essentially neglected by my friends and it turned out well.

Maybe written-down things in Switzerland are are less enforced than I thought. Just wanted to check out if others have similar stories.
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I am just asking on EF as their story breaks the written law in several ways: 1) You are supposed to leave Switzerland after your student visa is over and 2) if you plan to marry, you need a special marriage visa. Both requirements were essentially neglected by my friends and it turned out well.

Maybe written-down things in Switzerland are are less enforced than I thought. Just wanted to check out if others have similar stories.

You may find - and certainly stories on EF seem to bear this out - that how the authorities view regulations (on any subject), how they interpret them, how or even if they choose enforce them, may vary from location to location, from bureaucracy to bureaucracy, from person to person. There seem to be few absolutes here, what one person is required to do may differ from what is asked of another, even in the exact same circumstances.

In Switzerland almost everything is local, and personal.
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Re: Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

I agree with Meloncollie, it seems to vary from canton to canton, from official to official, from what nationalities are involved, what permits you hold, etc. Also did your friends marry before the vote to curb immigration in 2014, that could also have an effect on how officials reacted then as opposed to now. Under the proposals iirc dependents would also come under quota limits (they don't at present) so where officials may have been lax before that could also mean more scrutiny/checking of any/all applications once the new law is in place, theoretically in 2017.

Anyway, if marriage is the goal then why not just apply for the fiance visa once you've sorted out when you want to get hitched? Just because a student visa worked for your friends doesn't mean it will work for you and could hamper a future application if you don't do things by the book.
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Re: Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

I think the OP prefers the lease rather than the buy option and is looking for a way to reduce the deposit.
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Re: Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

We never lived together so that would be some trial period that might help validate our relationship.
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Re: Will an intensive German course give you a tourist visa?

It may but really the Swiss are looking for a long term, commited relationship that's been in existence for several years. They may see you starting to live together and then if you apply to marry here in a few months' time as an attempted sham marriage to just get you a permit.
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