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Old 26.01.2011, 14:46
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Re: Getting the wedding paperwork done

Hi,
I'm in the waiting game for my visa to join my bf in Switzerland to marry. We applied for 'preparation of marriage' thru the swiss consulate in India and it took 3 months for the Swiss embassy in India to verify and clear all my papers. After which the dossier was sent to Switzerland. My bf is part of Canton Vaud and our papers received approval from the civil registration office there as well. We were delighted and looking forward to being together end of Jan.
However, we got a rude shock when we were told that though all is approved, it would take the Swiss 6-8 weeks to release the visa which would come to India and then be stamped in my passport. The 3 month period in which we are supposed to get married is included in this time.
Has anyone been thru a similar experience and my second question is once we are married, how long does it take for me to file for a B permit that will also allow me to work? Will that take another 3 months? I have a very good opportunity in Geneva but it might slip out of my hands if the paperwork takes too long.
I really appreciate any inputs on this...
Thanks much!
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Old 26.01.2011, 18:01
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Re: Getting the wedding paperwork done

Upon arriving in your planned city of residence, you go to the bureau des etrangers and give your marriage certificate, passport photo, copies of things and lots of cash (around CHF 200) (you'll have to go twice; once to find out, and once to do it). Then they give you a receipt showing that the permis B is underway. That receipt may or may not convince people a permis B will arrive later, but it can't hurt to show it when applying for a job. It's not a real permis B, that's for sure. For me, the real permis B came 6 weeks later. The time estimate they give you will be very accurate, because at this part of the process, it's all just final checking; you already have the right to be here because someone else already confirmed that by issuing the marriage license. And they know the approximate turnaround time for the parts outside their control; the making of the card in Bern, for example.

As compared to the marriage license part (which is very confusing and not well defined, especially in places like India where the Swiss government doesn't really trust the papers its getting) the permis B part is smooth and just takes a huge amount of paper and money as input, and a fixed and predictable amount of delay.

Good luck, hang in there.

-jeff
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Old 04.02.2011, 04:45
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Re: Getting the wedding paperwork done

Thanks Jeff. That is helpful.
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Old 16.02.2011, 15:53
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Re: Getting the wedding paperwork done

Thanks Jeff, thanks everyone.
This was helpful and encouraging.

Now I would like to ask for myself, ...now that I have started with the paperwork in Switzerland.
I am a EU citizen living in Basel, and my boyfriend is from Chile.
At the moment my boyfriend is in Germany as a tourist doing a German course.
Does anyone know if itīs possible to marry a non-EU citizen in Switzerland, if he is on a tourist visa in the EU? Is there any way to get a visa for "preparing marriage", so that he does not have to fly back to Chile and get all the paperwork done over there?

Thanks a lot,
C&T
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Old 16.02.2011, 18:01
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Re: Getting the wedding paperwork done

Hi

though we are two Europeans, this is how we did it. Of course, I needed no visa to stay 2x90 days/calendar year but I wanted to stay longer.

I applied through the Office de la migration and they were really nice.

I wish you good luck. And congrats!
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