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Re: Student visa Geneva, living in Vaud

Yes, it does seem you can apply straight to Vaud for the permit. It's a bit confusing in the Foreign Nationals Act:

"Art. 36 Place of residence
Persons with a short stay permit (L), a residence (B) or a permanent residence (C) permit are free to choose their place of residence within the canton that granted the permit.

Art. 37 Change of the place of residence to another canton
1 Persons with a short stay permit or a residence permit who would like to relocate their place of residence to another canton must apply for the appropriate permit from the new canton beforehand.

2 Persons with a residence permit are entitled to move to another canton provided they are not unemployed and there are no grounds for revocation in terms of Article 62.

3 Persons with a permanent residence permit are entitled to move to another canton, provided there are no grounds for revocation in terms of Article 63.

4 No permit is required for a temporary stay in another canton."

http://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifie...232/index.html

As David will get a student B permit he can move to Vaud. I still think technically he should register with Geneva first and then relocate (as it states) to Vaud, but so many people interchange between the two cantons it's probably not a problem to apply to Vaud straightaway. Plus you'll save on the second fee by going straight to Vaud.

David, don't worry about permit approval, it doesn't apply to you. Your permit has already been approved by the acceptance to the uni and going through the permit application attached to that. Otherwise you would not have been issued with a visa to enter Switzerland. It'll probably take several weeks to actually issue the permit (you'll need to provide biometric data for one thing plus the canton swap will slow things down too), but it's already been approved and you can start your classes on time.
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