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Old 04.08.2016, 11:04
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B permit only valid 4 months??

Hi, long time reader, rare poster.

I have lived in Basel two years. I am American working in science (not pharma) and my contract is maximum 6 years. For first two years, my B visa was valid for one year each. Just got my new B visa and its only valid til end of year....is this normal?

I got the paperwork in the mail, filled it out and my job filled out the other part, just like last year. Is there something new going on with B permits?? I feel like I being paranoid, but I don't want to not be able to stay....
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Old 04.08.2016, 11:05
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Hi, long time reader, rare poster.

I have lived in Basel two years. I am American working in science (not pharma) and my contract is maximum 6 years. For first two years, my B visa was valid for one year each. Just got my new B visa and its only valid til end of year....is this normal?

I got the paperwork in the mail, filled it out and my job filled out the other part, just like last year. Is there something new going on with B permits?? I feel like I being paranoid, but I don't want to not be able to stay....


Did your employer ask the Migrationsamt? They are the only ones who can say why.
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Old 04.08.2016, 13:24
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Re: B permit only valid 4 months??

what is the expiration date of your passport?
one time when I renewed my permit the expiration date was shorter due to the fact that my US passport was almost due for renewal so they limited the duration of the Swiss permit.
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Re: B permit only valid 4 months??

So I actually just went to Bern in May of 2016 and have a brand new passport, good til May 2026.

But an update: Talked to the secretary. She said they indicated to the migrationsamt that I will be employed thru end of 2017 and the contracts are from Jan 1 to Dec 31. In the past, they used to just make the ausweis for longer times, but now the migrationsamt told them that they have to really stick to contract times, regardless if I already know I will get extended.

The migrationsamt said they are "cracking down more" now due to the new immigration laws that should take place soon....hopefully no one else will have major problems!

And maybe another way for them to collect more fees....at least my job pays for it!
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