Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 28.08.2016, 07:53
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
To UK nationals

A friend of mine who is Belgian said she had to register with the Belgian embassy in Switzerland and inform them that she is currently residing here.

Is there such a procedure for theUK? I just packed my bags and left 3 years ago without informing any authorities, i dont have a UK address anymore and dont know when/if i will go back.

Does anyone know what is the correct process? Should i call the British Condulate to let them know im here?

Thank you
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 28.08.2016, 09:08
AbFab's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Zürich
Posts: 7,932
Groaned at 336 Times in 228 Posts
Thanked 11,169 Times in 3,869 Posts
AbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond reputeAbFab has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

No...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank AbFab for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 28.08.2016, 09:30
Belgianmum's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Neuchâtel
Posts: 12,021
Groaned at 198 Times in 175 Posts
Thanked 19,246 Times in 8,005 Posts
Belgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

You can register with the British embassy if you wish to but there's no obligation to do so.
It's probably useful if you're living in a dangerous or isolated place but not really necessary in Switzerland.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Belgianmum for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 29.08.2016, 11:30
Aeneas's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Winterthur, ZH
Posts: 1,069
Groaned at 41 Times in 34 Posts
Thanked 1,171 Times in 574 Posts
Aeneas has a reputation beyond reputeAeneas has a reputation beyond reputeAeneas has a reputation beyond reputeAeneas has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

The only reason I can think of let them know might be so that you don't fall foul of the consequences of ignoring something such as a call to jury duty or a court summons sent to your old UK address.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 29.08.2016, 11:51
Ace1's Avatar
A modal singularity
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Morgins, VS (and Alsace)
Posts: 8,689
Groaned at 351 Times in 224 Posts
Thanked 14,686 Times in 6,392 Posts
Ace1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond reputeAce1 has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
The only reason I can think of let them know might be so that you don't fall foul of the consequences of ignoring something such as a call to jury duty or a court summons sent to your old UK address.
Not even that. There's no assumption that you need to make any UK authority aware of your whereabouts.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 29.08.2016, 12:00
PaddyG's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Pensier, Fribourg
Posts: 9,250
Groaned at 121 Times in 105 Posts
Thanked 16,857 Times in 5,912 Posts
PaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond reputePaddyG has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

The one and only time I needed to go to the UK embassy in Bern was a statement saying I wasn't a criminal. This was 21 years ago mind, so even that might not be required any more.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 29.08.2016, 12:13
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Küsnacht
Posts: 14
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 16 Times in 5 Posts
Satoningyou has made some interesting contributions
Re: To UK nationals

Hi - yep I agree with the other posters. You just need to register in the place you're living.

I had a similar worry aswell when moving away.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 29.08.2016, 16:19
Sbrinz's Avatar
RIP
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Murten - Morat
Posts: 11,885
Groaned at 563 Times in 354 Posts
Thanked 11,548 Times in 5,941 Posts
Sbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond reputeSbrinz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

It might be useful if you ever need to prove to the UK that you do indeed live here. I am thinking of people applying for non resident status for UK tax purposes. Dutch citizens sometimes get invited to garden parties on their national holiday, after a Brexit, would Bern start giving out free drinks? Otherwise I cannot think of any advantage in registering.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 29.08.2016, 16:28
Blueangel's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Küsnacht, Switzerland
Posts: 3,889
Groaned at 105 Times in 96 Posts
Thanked 10,610 Times in 4,679 Posts
Blueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
The only reason I can think of let them know might be so that you don't fall foul of the consequences of ignoring something such as a call to jury duty or a court summons sent to your old UK address.
Another 'No' here.
I've only been back once, 6mths after arriving in Switzerland, and had a jury service summons waiting for me that had been overlooked for 4mths. Also had a second EU referendum voting card, even though I'd already voted by post with the last constituency I'd lived in.

I called the Jury Service people and explained the situation. They said not to worry as it was clear that their address system hadn't been updated correctly. Phew!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 30.08.2016, 11:59
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 589
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 236 Times in 146 Posts
c123 has earned some respectc123 has earned some respect
Re: To UK nationals

Only reason I can see to register with the British Embassy is for voting in general elections, but once you have been abroad for ten years or more, you lose the right to vote anyway.

Been abroad now for over twenty years and never registered with the Embassy.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 30.08.2016, 12:06
hairybadger's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Geneva area
Posts: 540
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 747 Times in 300 Posts
hairybadger has a reputation beyond reputehairybadger has a reputation beyond reputehairybadger has a reputation beyond reputehairybadger has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Sending a P85 (notification of leaving the UK) to HMRC is probably a good idea.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank hairybadger for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 30.08.2016, 12:09
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
Only reason I can see to register with the British Embassy is for voting in general elections, but once you have been abroad for ten years or more, you lose the right to vote anyway.

Been abroad now for over twenty years and never registered with the Embassy.
For voting it is over 15 years not 10
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 30.08.2016, 12:24
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
Sending a P85 (notification of leaving the UK) to HMRC is probably a good idea.
I did this, and it's made a lot of things easier for me.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank for this useful post:
  #14  
Old 30.08.2016, 12:30
Belgianmum's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Neuchâtel
Posts: 12,021
Groaned at 198 Times in 175 Posts
Thanked 19,246 Times in 8,005 Posts
Belgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
Sending a P85 (notification of leaving the UK) to HMRC is probably a good idea.
That's the most useful thing to do when leaving the UK and makes life a lot easier.

Registering with the embassy or consulate is only really worthwhile if you move to a country where you made need the help of consular services at some point. Areas at high risk and/or with unstable governments come to mind. The people who were living in Kuwait at the time Saddam Hussain invaded would fall into this category I think.
Unless Brexit turns really ugly I don't think it's necessary in Switzerland.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Belgianmum for this useful post:
  #15  
Old 30.08.2016, 12:38
nigelr's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Aargau
Posts: 1,714
Groaned at 118 Times in 59 Posts
Thanked 2,140 Times in 942 Posts
nigelr has a reputation beyond reputenigelr has a reputation beyond reputenigelr has a reputation beyond reputenigelr has a reputation beyond reputenigelr has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

I agree, I told the tax man and received official confirmation back about my tax status. If I ever go back it will be very handy.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 30.08.2016, 17:24
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 589
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 236 Times in 146 Posts
c123 has earned some respectc123 has earned some respect
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
For voting it is over 15 years not 10
I know it was 15 years for the referundum, but was pretty sure it was 10 for general elections; at least it was (I think) when I looked into this 10 years ago or so...
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 30.08.2016, 17:28
Belgianmum's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Neuchâtel
Posts: 12,021
Groaned at 198 Times in 175 Posts
Thanked 19,246 Times in 8,005 Posts
Belgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond reputeBelgianmum has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
I know it was 15 years for the referundum, but was pretty sure it was 10 for general elections; at least it was (I think) when I looked into this 10 years ago or so...
It's always been 15 years as far as I know. We left the UK in 1989 and were registered to vote until 2004 for general elections, then they told us we weren't allowed to vote any more.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Belgianmum for this useful post:
  #18  
Old 30.08.2016, 19:03
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 589
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 236 Times in 146 Posts
c123 has earned some respectc123 has earned some respect
Re: To UK nationals

https://www.gov.uk/government/upload..._or_Wales_.pdf

Quote:
As long as you were registered to vote as a resident in the UK
(or deemed to have been resident in the UK, for example by being
registered as a service voter) within the last 15 years, you can register
to vote from overseas. If you were too young to register when you left
the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 30.08.2016, 20:08
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Baden
Posts: 227
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 165 Times in 86 Posts
greencelery has earned some respectgreencelery has earned some respect
Re: To UK nationals

I don't think it's possible to register with the British embassy any more. They used to have an online system called Locate which dealt with that sort of thing, but they closed it down a couple of years ago.

That's of course different from registering to vote...
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 30.08.2016, 20:13
NotAllThere's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baselland
Posts: 12,698
Groaned at 202 Times in 179 Posts
Thanked 18,333 Times in 7,481 Posts
NotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond repute
Re: To UK nationals

Quote:
View Post
Only reason I can see to register with the British Embassy is for voting in general elections, but once you have been abroad for ten years or more, you lose the right to vote anyway.

Been abroad now for over twenty years and never registered with the Embassy.
Quote:
View Post
For voting it is over 15 years not 10
And at least since 2002, you didn't need to register with the British Embassy to vote in General Elections.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New UK (visa free) rules for non EU spouses of EU nationals in EEA valid for CH? sholay Permits/visas/government 3 19.05.2015 12:05
NHS Dentists UK is it available to Swiss resident British Nationals? Beam Family matters/health 44 20.11.2013 17:02
Permits for Spouses of Swiss nationals and non- nationals Wabma Permits/visas/government 9 20.05.2013 10:26
UK Tourist Visa for Indian Nationals.. Need Help.. hemanthjava Permits/visas/government 6 06.02.2010 16:54
UK nationals earn more abroad telandy Other/general 4 29.03.2008 08:48


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 19:16.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0