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Old 19.05.2015, 16:14
Reyna Reyna is offline
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Re: Non-EU Citizen - Can a Spouse Apply for a Dependency Visa within Switzerland?

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Hi Reyna,

Thanks for the reply! Can I ask some specific details -

Did either you or your husband apply for a Visa Type D - family reunion (dependant spouse?). We've been told by the Sydney Swiss Consulate office that this application may take 8 to 12 weeks re: an answer .....

Was either you or your husband offered a job in Geneva? (I believe each Canton in Switzerland holds the authority to decide. So outside of Geneva it may be different).

I'm glad it was a quick process for you two! Did you enjoy Switzerland? Are you guys still here??

Thanks again,
No worries. Happy to help with any limited info I can offer.

Our story goes like this. My husband accepted a two year contract with the IFRC. I am not working here. I applied for the Type D family reunion visa. We got terribly confused by conflicting information from the Swiss consulate website, and sent off an email asking for clarification - particularly about whether they required both of us to send them our passports for an unspecified period of time. The answer was still a little unclear, hence our decision to just front up and do it in person. We made sure we had every possible document with us though. When we did that, it all went very smoothly. We asked if we could pick up the passports on our return to Sydney in 3 days time, and they said that was fine. And it was.

We have been here since 1st March, and so far so good. We were terribly worried about finding accommodation that we could afford, but have just done so and it was relatively painless. The biggest hurdle for me has been not being able to speak French - I really underestimated the impact that would have on my ability to do things, and 'fit in'. This forum, and Google translate, have saved me a few times already!!
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