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Re: Cohabitation & long term residency permit for non-EU Swiss resident (Bern)

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Dear all,
I am quite new here so apologies if I am missing a detail. I have been through different threads but couldn't find an answer to my very peculiar issue. I will summarize it briefly below and it would be great if you can let me know what you think.

-I am a non-EU/EFTA national (US) living in Bern with a B Permit (renewing it every year). I work at the University of Bern.

-I have a Swiss girlfriend and we do not want to get married but thinking of cohabitation - civil partnership.

My question is:

-Would such a partnership (without marriage) allow me to apply for long term residency?

Any help is appreciated!
Thanks!
No, since the Swiss will still see you as two individuals and not a couple in this respect I think. Civil partnership doesn't exist in Switzerland for hetreosuxual couples.

"Legal situation without a cohabitation agreement
As cohabitation is not recognised in law, you and your partner are to a large extent treated as individuals - and not as a married couple or as a couple in a registered partnership."

https://www.ch.ch/en/cohabiting
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