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Old 28.11.2010, 19:40
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Re: Processing Times For The Residence Permit

In my experience it took just over a month before receiving the permit (and the associated bill for issuing it).

After you have had the very brief interview at the immigration office, they will give you an officially stamped document confirming that you have applied for a permit. You can then use this document to smooth the way when opening a bank account, setting up your telephone connection etc, without having to wait to receive the actual permit.

As a minimum, you will need to take your passport, birth certificate, employment contract and 2 (possibly 3 ??) passport sized photos when you go to register. If you don't have everything they want to see then they will simply ask you to return to the office when you do.

You don't need to register immediately on arrival, but I think it is supposed to be within 7 or possibly 10 days of your arrival. I'm sure you will find the exact time limit elsewhere on this forum (although like many things here it may well vary from Canton to Canton).

Enjoy Switzerland.
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