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Moving to Lugano with the same-sex partner from EU

Hi All,

I have been living in Switzerland and lurking around the EF for a number of years. I have a specific question now and hope some of you could help...

I am an EU national on a B-permit with a permanent job and decent earnings. My partner (same sex - not married or in any legal relationship) is Italian and is about to graduate from university (in Italy) soon, so we are hoping to move in together to Lugano, mostly for language and lifestyle reasons.

He has never lived in Switzerland and is unemployed, however I would be able to cover all of his expenses until he gets a job, e.g. renting apartment large enough, paying his health insurance and everything else needed, moreover - I would be willing to deposit a solid sum in his (Swiss) bank account.

Would it be possible for him to obtain a Swiss residence permit on the above grounds, without getting in civil partnership with me? Hopefully, he would be able to find a job in a few months' time, having all the logistics (work permit, housing, insurance, bank accounts) sorted out upfront.

We both speak Italian, so checking with the immigration office in Lugano would be the next thing to do, just wanted to hear your opinion what his chances are and whether we should start preparing any documents etc.

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Old 24.05.2019, 20:02
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Re: Moving to Lugano with the same-sex partner from EU

Good question, answer is I don't know. Maybe, and it's a big maybe, a concubine permit could work. That's what the Swiss give unmarried heterosexual couples, but whether they issue them to same sex unmarried I don't know. Not sure Ticino offers that type of permit either, not all cantons do.
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I don't expect any issues. He is EU, you can take on the financial responsibility, and you will house him.

The rest is just basic paperwork to have this done.
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Re: Moving to Lugano with the same-sexSh partner from EU

I and my same-sex partner moved together from an EU country to Switzerland while only I had a job here, he was unemployed. He got the B permit but indicating me as a living partner. The process was quite straightforward however I was asked the following questions:

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Confirmation letter for domestic partner

According to the Federal Office for Migration, residence permits can be issued for domestic partners if the following requirements are all satisfied:
- There is evidence of a stable and committed relationship (uninterrupted for at least one year)
- The applicants cannot reasonably be expected to maintain their relationship abroad and/or as temporary, short-term stays
- The couple will live together in Switzerland
- There are reasonable grounds for not registering the partnership (e.g. waiting period
under civil law in divorce proceedings)
We need more information on all of these items so that the Federal Office for Migration can review your application.
We would therefore ask you to answer the following questions in a personal confirmation letter (free text) signed by both partners:
- How long have you lived together?
- Where have you lived together before? (enclose copies of joint leases)
- Do you have a joint lease here in Basel? If so, please enclose a copy
- Do you plan to get married? If not, why not?
- Is your partner prepared to support you financially?
- Are you or your partner currently involved in divorce proceedings?
- Do you have a partnership agreement? If so, please enclose a copy
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He is free to come here and look for a job, partner or not, so there should be no problem.

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I and my same-sex partner moved together from an EU country to Switzerland while only I had a job here, he was unemployed. He got the B permit but indicating me as a living partner. The process was quite straightforward however I was asked the following questions:
Thank you, this is very helpful, even though our situation might be a bit different, as we have never lived together, so we wouldn’t have any legal documents to provide to the authorities. My partner has been studying in Italy over the last 3-4 years and we have been visiting each other occasionally, spending holidays together etc. The plan is to move in together for the first time, therefore I would be willing to go to Lugano, which would not be a problem (I work from home), and he would have to look for a job there.
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