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Re: Student visa Geneva, living in Vaud

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Let's make this clear. Your Type D visa is only to allow you to enter Switzerland legally long term, it has no effect on where you can live once you're here.

As you've applied to a school in Geneva that's the canton that has granted you permission to come and live and study there so that's where your student permit will be issued from. You need to find a place, temporarily at least, in Geneva so you can register and get your permit. Vaud cannot issue it to you because they are not the canton that granted it. However, because Geneva is a very small canton (city only basically) I wouldn't think there'd be any problem with you asking to live in Vaud as many people do this. Best thing to do though is contact them beforehand and ask, then you'll know if they have any objections and can plan your accommodation needs accordingly.

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This is incorrect to my knowledge. Since 2008 the requirement to live in the same canton where the university/employer was based has been abolished.
I know this firsthand from having to live in Neuchatel from the date of arrival while having been admitted to an university in Vaud.

Vaud can issue a permit for a student in Geneva. It will simply take longer since they will have to get the OPs file from Geneva, and redo some paperwork that Geneva has already done.
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