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Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

Hello everyone,

So I have been on this site as a point of immigration reference during my TYPE D visa application and thought I would document my own experience and hopefully be able to help others doing the same.

I am South African - Married to a British who had just been offered a job opportunity in Switzerland (Vaud area)

In December 2017 we conclude that we will go ahead and make the move.

On the last day of January 2018 EU/British Spouse moves to Vaud and on the same day goes to the immigration office in Lausabne to apply for his permit.

He takes with him the following docs:
Application forms
ID pics
Passport
Employment Contract
Accommodation Contract (which is a temp accommodation for 3 months, until we settle and find something permanent)


He is asked for a marriage certificate on submission of the above but doesnít have this with him (We married in SA and I have this with me at home)
I scan this to him and he is asked to email it to the consultant that files his application.

The following day he goes back to the immigration office and is given a letter to confirm Permit application. This, he is able to use to open a bank account etc which he does the very same day.


On the very same day I start putting my documents together and start my Type D application process going in order to avoid any delays.

I prep the following:
Form - (this requires the EU spouse B permit number, I donít have this so I leave it blank and I attach the permit confirmation letter spouse received from immigration office the day after he filed)
Unabridged SA Marriage certificate
His employment/accommodation contract
Police clearance
Passport
ID Pics
Spouse Passport copy

2nd Feb I submit all the above at the Swiss Embassy in SA and am told all is in order and I will receive feedback on outcome 8-12 weeks.

It is a long time to wait especially since I have already quit my job and excited to join my partner., however I am positive it is worth the wait

I do have travel plans to Italy in 2 weeks and will also be in Lausanne for a few days and will take the opportunity to pay the immigration office in Lausanne a visit if we still have not heard anything.

Until then I will wait around for any feedback and keep the Forum informed as I have noticed not all queries on here have an ending


Thank you
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Old 14.02.2018, 15:06
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Re: Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

Not a good idea to be travelling here on a tourist visa while another visa application is being processed.
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Re: Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

Thanks for your response.

The embassy didnít have a problem with my planned travels but mentioned I needed to be in SA to get my Type D visa.

I am attending a sisterís wedding - canít miss it only due to a pending application.

However I will keep Forum updated.
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Re: Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

I would not recommend to visit the immigration office. That's just not how stuff works and you are likely to rather cause yourself a problem than to speed things up.
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Thanks Treverus! In this case I will refrain from going to the office. I would rather wait out the 12 weeks 👍🏾
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Thanks Treverus! In this case I will refrain from going to the office. I would rather wait out the 12 weeks 👍🏾
In Switzerland is everything based on the canton and I cannot tell you anything about yours... but I once called the Zurich immigration office after 7 weeks instead of 8 and was told off that I "have no right to call and ask for a status yet" ... I'd therefore recommend to wait it out and def don't bring it to their attention that you are entering CH before on a tourist visa. I dont think it's illegal, but just don't give them anything to complain about.
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Appreciate the tip 👍🏾

Will be staying as far away as possible from them 😂 until all confirmed!
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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE.

I just have a quick update for anyone considering the same/similar process.

As mentioned I am a non Eu married to a british.

7 weeks after submission of application partner in Switzerland receives a letter confirming my visa is approved and inviting me for biometric (no need for appointment)

I was traveling in Europe at the time so I ask partner to scan letter to me, I email letter to my embassy in South Africa requesting to collect visa in Europe.

The embassy in Europe approves and I pick up my visa the following day and head straight to CH.

Get to Switzerland and a few days later I go for my biometrics and the following week I head to the town hall to apply for my B permit.


I will be heading home now to pack up and get ready to finally settle in this beautiful country with my beautiful partner


All the best to anyone else applying.
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Re: Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

@SouthA thank you so much for this post, I am also SA and joining my EU husband and going through this exact process and you have given me hope
I just want to ask, do I just submit my visa D, or is my husband meant to apply for me on that side as well? (hand in our marriage certificate?)

He has been there for 3 years already so already has his Auslander B etc.

Thank you so much for posting
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Nienke Hello 👋🏾,

Yes so your husband may be required to submit your marriage certificate at his canton, but even if he doesnít, you aught to do that at the embassy in Pretoria.
It will need to be a unabridged certificate.

All the best and wish you a great happy move to CH!
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Hello all... Just introducing myself. My case is similar. Non-EU married to EU (German). Because I moved from another EU country, and had a residence permit from there, I traveled freely within Schengen area and did not have to wait until I had CH residence permit. But I wouldn't have ventured out of Schengen while I'm "in-between permits". Also, in my case, there was a good overlap of 1 month between expiry of old permit and start of new CH permit.

If that's the case with OP, I don't think travel to Italy should be an issue. You just need to have something in hand to prove that you've got valid documentation to be in Schengen and keep the story simple for them. You don't have to lie, but if you tell them the entire story, they may just get confused. Just show them any valid papers, say it's a tourist visit and that should suffice.
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Re: Non-EU - Family Reunification - EU Spouse

Yes indeed you are correct! While my Visa was processing in CH I travelled to Italy, France and Germany for a whole month. There is no issue at all if you do this with a valid travel doc - that's why you have the travel doc in the fi at place 😄 to travel
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