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Hi everybody!
I've been reading this forum for a while now and it has been a great informational resource. But I guess it's time to introduce myself.
I am just a Russian girl who is totally in love with Swiss boy and will be marrying him next year. Currently I am living in US and will be moving to Zurich. Lots to take care of before that. It's a big move.
He already went to local authorities about paperwork needed. Nothing different from the list on the US Embassy's website in Bern. I read people on the forum talking about valid visa needed and it confuses me. They said nothing about visa. Just birth certificate, passport and affidavit. Is there something I am missing?
Anyway, other than that I am pretty excited about this move. Passed my A1 certification already and currently taking classes to pass A2. Really don't want to be in the country without understanding what is going on. Hopefully will get a transfer from my company as well to the office in Zurich. Would really help to have a job ready for me. If not, I am an ETL developer so hoping will still be able to find something.
I will be visiting this forum much more often now. Seems lots of people did this big move before and I have something to learn from their experiences.
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Old 09.04.2012, 02:53
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to the EF, SwissFox!

Just remember the time zone differences, most Swiss people are now sound asleep, so do not expect any replies before tomorrow morning
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Ok what in a. A1
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Presumably German ( CEFR )

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Thank you my wife has just transferred to Zurich and we are to follow after the kids get of school for the summer...
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Hi SwissFox, and welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll enjoy things on here, and enjoy Switzerland when you get here!

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He already went to local authorities about paperwork needed. Nothing different from the list on the US Embassy's website in Bern. I read people on the forum talking about valid visa needed and it confuses me. They said nothing about visa. Just birth certificate, passport and affidavit. Is there something I am missing?
The Visa is what you will get after giving all of your other papers to the local Embassy (along with filling in the proper forms) when they agree to let you into Switzerland. Since Switzerland is now part of the Schengen Zone for travel, if you are able to travel freely in the Schengen Zone then you can enter Switzerland. Staying here, however, will require a residence permit and working here will require a work permit ... so make sure you're applying for residence, not just a tourist visa!

Hope this helps ...
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Welcome to the Forum, SwissFox!
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to the EF, SwissFox!

Just remember the time zone differences, most Swiss people are now sound asleep, so do not expect any replies before tomorrow morning
Thank you, RetiredInNH. And time zone difference is something I have to remember every day when talking to my Swiss guy.
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Ok what in a. A1
Sorry for not clearifying. A1 is Goethe Zertifikat that basically measures proficiency in German language from A1 (Basic) to C2 (Native Speaker). In Germany and Austria you need to pass A1 before you can apply for residency. It is not required in Switzerland but I figured it would still be good for me to have some certifications to show when I start looking for jobs.
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Presumably German ( CEFR )
That is correct. German it is.

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Thank you my wife has just transferred to Zurich and we are to follow after the kids get of school for the summer...
So you are going to be moving this summer? Just temporary or for a long while?

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Hi SwissFox, and welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll enjoy things on here, and enjoy Switzerland when you get here!
The Visa is what you will get after giving all of your other papers to the local Embassy (along with filling in the proper forms) when they agree to let you into Switzerland. Since Switzerland is now part of the Schengen Zone for travel, if you are able to travel freely in the Schengen Zone then you can enter Switzerland. Staying here, however, will require a residence permit and working here will require a work permit ... so make sure you're applying for residence, not just a tourist visa!

Hope this helps ...
Well, the thing is, I don't need a visa. I hold dual citizenship so I will be entering Switzerland on my american passport. And will get married as an american. (just easier that way ) So, my fiance told all this at Standesamt and they never said anything about required visa to get married. Paperwork that they gave him also doesn't mention anything about visa. I guess they don't need any. He will be calling again to double check.

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Sorry for not clearifying. A1 is Goethe Zertifikat that basically measures proficiency in German language from A1 (Basic) to C2 (Native Speaker). In Germany and Austria you need to pass A1 before you can apply for residency. It is not required in Switzerland but I figured it would still be good for me to have some certifications to show when I start looking for jobs.
I would be very surprised if the Goethe-Institut defines A2 as "Native speaker" lol. Anyway, good luck with the move to Switzerland, and have a nice wedding! :-)
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Well, the thing is, I don't need a visa. I hold dual citizenship so I will be entering Switzerland on my american passport. And will get married as an american. (just easier that way ) So, my fiance told all this at Standesamt and they never said anything about required visa to get married. Paperwork that they gave him also doesn't mention anything about visa. I guess they don't need any. He will be calling again to double check.
Getting married is one thing.

Living here is another.

Check with the Swiss embassy or consulate closest to you in the US, as they will know about the requirements to live and work here. From posts other people have made here, I have the impression that being married to a Swiss person does not guarantee the right to live or work here for the first few years - just to stop 'convenience' marriages.

This may help: Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, visa info for US residents.
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I would be very surprised if the Goethe-Institut defines A2 as "Native speaker" lol. Anyway, good luck with the move to Switzerland, and have a nice wedding! :-)
haha.. I wish A2 was Native Speaker but no, it is still very basic language knowledge. But I can at least carry on a simple conversation and understand good enough when spoken to. Movies are still tough though. Even with subtitles.

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Getting married is one thing.

Living here is another.

Check with the Swiss embassy or consulate closest to you in the US, as they will know about the requirements to live and work here. From posts other people have made here, I have the impression that being married to a Swiss person does not guarantee the right to live or work here for the first few years - just to stop 'convenience' marriages.

This may help: Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, visa info for US residents.
Of course nothing is simple in this world. Especially when it comes to immigration. I went through it once in US and now have to go through it again in Switzerland. I would probably have enough for a book by the time I am done and settled.

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When are you going to be here in CH?

What technologies do you work with?
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When are you going to be here in CH?

What technologies do you work with?
We are planning for early next year. Still have few things to take care of here in US.
I work with Sequel Server 2008, SSRS, SSIS and Informatica. Mostly I do ETL using SQL in Sequel Server. Never goes out of style.
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I would be very surprised if the Goethe-Institut defines ****C2**** as "Native speaker" lol. Anyway, good luck with the move to Switzerland, and have a nice wedding! :-)
oops, i meant c2, sorry!
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You should have no trouble finding a job....
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You should have no trouble finding a job....
I really hope so. Reading the forum I see lots of people looking for months...
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