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Old 23.03.2017, 16:08
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Re: Question regarding new rules to obtain permit C

1. The new law going into force in 2018 is the law on nationality, it changes something for naturalization but has nothing to do with permits (B, C... )
2. The law of foreigners (another law) has a pending modification (date of entry not known yet but absolutely much later than Jan 2018 if it really happens) . This law deals with the permits.
3. The modified law on foreigners changes NOTHING with regard to the criteria for obtaining a C permit. What it changes with regard to C permit :
- a possibility is open where an already obtained C permit can be downgraded to B if the foreigner is no longer well integrated
- a little harder for C permit holders to bring family members through family reunion (need to speak the local language, sufficient fund... )
- a little harder for family members of C permit holders to get C permit after 5 years' residence in Switzerland (but still automatic if some conditions of integration are fulfilled)
4. The obtaining of C permit is never automatic for non-eu who has no family link to Swiss nationals / C permit holders.

The news you read which indicated that:
- it is currently automatic to get C permit after 10 years.
- with the new law it is harder to get a C permit
However both are incorrect.

5. Since you approach the 10 years residence, and of course the chance of getting granted a normal C permit is much larger than VINTA, it makes no much sense that you apply through VINTA now. You should wait a bit and apply for a normal C permit. But remember, it is not automatic as you think, you need to fulfill some criteria and provide some papers. Ask your commune for more information.
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