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B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

Hi all, I have a B residency permit currently and may need to spend some time abroad (1 to 3 months max) due to a family member being unwell. Is this something I would need to declare to the local office where I live, or am I free to come and go as I please for as long as my permit would be valid?
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Old 20.03.2016, 22:40
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

Wasn´t it up to 6 months?

If so, no notification necessary but you may want to check with your landlord so someone can pick up your mail (see thread on full mailboxes )
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

You can be out of the country for up to 6 months before your permit becomes invalid. No need to inform anyone.

Get the post office to either forward your mail or hold it for you until you return. Make sure your monthly bills get paid though.
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

Agree with MF. According to this law firm webpage, B and C permits become invalid six months after leaving Switzerland if not otherwise de-registered:

http://www.aufenthaltsbewilligung-ar...-bewilligungen
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

How about registering abroad? So if you have B - permit, and I leave Switzerland for 3 months, can I officially register abroad without the Swiss authorities making a fuzz?
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Old 21.03.2016, 14:42
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How about registering abroad? So if you have B - permit, and I leave Switzerland for 3 months, can I officially register abroad without the Swiss authorities making a fuzz?
What do you mean register abroad? If you mean moving somewhere else and register as being resident, yes, you can do that, but you're supposed to deregister here first. You'd need the deregstration document you get to cancel things like insurances, phone contracts, etc.
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Agree with MF. According to this law firm webpage, B and C permits become invalid six months after leaving Switzerland if not otherwise de-registered:

http://www.aufenthaltsbewilligung-ar...-bewilligungen
Also confirmed in the Foreign Nationals Act (Art 61).

Art. 61 Expiry of permits
1 A permit expires:
a. on notice of departure abroad;
b. on the grant of a permit in another canton;
c. on the expiry of the term of validity of the permit;
d. on expulsion in terms of Article 68.2

If a foreign national leaves Switzerland without giving notice of departure, a short stay permit expires after three months, and a residence or permanent residence permit after six months. On request, a permanent residence permit may remain valid for a further four years.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...232/index.html
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

Perfect intell, thank you
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

Just for future info. We left Switz a couple of years ago and paid a small fee to keep our "C" permits valid for a "no questions asked" return for a period of 4 years. We are anticipating to put this to use this summer.
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Just for future info. We left Switz a couple of years ago and paid a small fee to keep our "C" permits valid for a "no questions asked" return for a period of 4 years. We are anticipating to put this to use this summer.
This depends on what the reason for your leaving is. The default "yes, okay" reasons are being sent abroad by your Swiss employer, military service or further education. Any othe reasons start as default "no, not possible" so you have to make a REALLY good case to change that.
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Re: B Permit: How long can you spend outside the country?

If you are registered for a 2-year master overseas and applied for 3 year break from the C permit while the 3rd year was for graduation trip, it was a 'no' too - from personal experience.

She said she was very generous to offer me 2 extra months XD
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