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Getting married before permit expires

Hello everyone! I would like to ask your consults in my problem. I am a B-permit holder (permit B formation for students). My permit will be exipired on 30 June. I and my Swiss bf plan to get married at the end of June because of nice weather. However, I have read an information that it is obligation to apply for the marriage at least 3 months before my permit expires. It means we have to register ...next week? I am quite shocked about this information and i would need to be confirmed. If it's correct, may you kindly give me an official site or sth like that which is mentioned this law please?

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Old 24.03.2017, 18:33
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Re: Getting married before permit expires

According to this, you must be legally resident at the time of the marriage (i.e. you must have a valid permit):

"If either of you are not Swiss citizens, you must be lawfully resident in Switzerland at the time of marriage."

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According to this, you must be legally resident at the time of the marriage (i.e. you must have a valid permit):

"If either of you are not Swiss citizens, you must be lawfully resident in Switzerland at the time of marriage."

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Thank u for your reply! So it means if my permit valids until 30 june, i completely can start my marriage procedure in May? Thanks a lot!
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Re: Getting married before permit expires

Friday evening is not a good time to ask questions which probably no-one on here can give you the answer to off-hand especially since you also request the link. EFers will have to spend a while on ch.ch or other Internet sites to find the exact wording. Why cannot your bf have a go?
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According to this, you must be legally resident at the time of the marriage (i.e. you must have a valid permit):

"If either of you are not Swiss citizens, you must be lawfully resident in Switzerland at the time of marriage."

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In addition you might want to find out what this line means:

You must complete a ‘marriage preparation’ application form;
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Thank u for your reply! So it means if my permit valids until 30 june, i completely can start my marriage procedure in May? Thanks a lot!
Maybe.

It could take several months (or longer) after applying for it to be approved, so it may only be approved after your permit expires.

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Thank u for your reply! So it means if my permit valids until 30 june, i completely can start my marriage procedure in May? Thanks a lot!
I hope you checked all the information in that link with all its implications for you.
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In addition you might want to find out what this line means:

You must complete a ‘marriage preparation’ application form;
Basically, it's a request for permission to marry (even Swiss-Swiss couples need to fill one out), and that is the problem, as for easy Swiss-Swiss cases it takes a couple weeks, longer if one is not Swiss.

The form can be obtained at your local communal offices.

As I recall, it was a couple weeks after getting the form to get an appointment to apply, and another two weeks minimal wait, and we are both Swiss.

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I hope you checked all the information in that link with all its implications for you.
Yes! I did read it actually since long time but i didnt get very clearly. I should be legally resident in Swiss at the moment i start apply for my marriage procedure (bring all the documents to commune then write something, then wait wait wait...) or i should be legally resident in Swiss when i do the marriage ceremony in the civil etat?
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Re: Getting married before permit expires

You have earlier had trouble with permits. Perhaps you got away with doing things they wrong way round last time but I wouldn't risk the trouble it would cause if your student B permit ran out and you hadn't got everything sorted for the wedding.

Read every line of the information. Check what it means. Get it in your bf's mother tongue so that there are no slip ups. Check the list of documents you need.You may need some paperwork from Vietnam and it all takes TIME. Good luck.
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Yes! I did read it actually since long time but i didnt get very clearly. I should be legally resident in Swiss at the moment i start apply for my marriage procedure (bring all the documents to commune then write something, then wait wait wait...) or i should be legally resident in Swiss when i do the marriage ceremony in the civil etat?
It's quite clear:

"If either of you are not Swiss citizens, you must be lawfully resident in Switzerland at the time of marriage."

Also, you do NOT apply for marriage at the commune, you get the forms at the commune, and information on where to make an appointment to make the application, which probably is in another town. Then, after several weeks or more, you will have an appointment to review everything. Then, if all is in order, including new names and desired date for the wedding, they will get back to you.

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Re: Getting married before permit expires

Depending on where you come from you have to not only hand in all the required papers but it will all go to the Swiss embassy in your home-country. They will assign a local firm (usually a lawyer) to check it all out, find out if you really are who you say are and unmarried (that can go so far as travelling to your "village" and check things out).
It normally takes at least three months (Africa) and used to cost sFr. 800.00 for you.
So you better get started - unless you're American or European.
They give you all the necessary information and forms at the "Standesamt" (register office) of your commune.
Before you got all those papers and the okay you can't apply for a date to get married.

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Re: Getting married before permit expires

The link posted by st2lemans has the info to start with.

Go to your civil office register - they will provide you with a list of documents you need to submit, the list varies depending on nationality. To the best of my knowledge, you submit the docs, wait until you get the ok, fill out the form, get hitched. You might need a translator depending on you French skills.

Own experience: Russian national, resident in ZH, 2011. Proof that you are single - I got a confirmation from the consulate. All other docs (i.e. certified copies, apostille) were kindly arranged for by a former colleague - I did not travel. Waited a week to get the ok. The documents did not go back to the Swiss consulate.

You can start proceeding as soon as you've collected all the docs, i.e. not before.
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