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Hi everyone, seems like a nice space youíve got here on EF. Iím glad to have come across this so soon in my travel.

Iím 29, alternating living between Biel and Richterswil as my Swiss partner travels between the two locations for study. We met in Australia early 2019, lived together there for some time until corona separated us Mar 2020. We reunited early Dec 2020 when I was granted leave from Aus to travel to this beautiful country. Iím here on my tourist Visa only and spending my time soaking up the Swiss environment, eating my own weight in Raclette and searching for options to extend my stay / find work.

Iíd be keen to meet up with some other English speakers in the area. I love a good adventure and this place is wild for sights and beauty. Just a shame the SBB costs me and arm and a leg and my Aussie dollars donít convert too well to CHF.

Shout out to my partners mum for linking me here, sheís a gem.
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Hello. Welcome!

Wow, Iím surprised they let you travel, I have friends who werenít even allowed out to visit parents abroad, they must be getting more generous (maybe now the government arenít funding quarantine when you return).

Enjoy your visit!
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Re: Aussie recently landed in CH

For the sbb: buy a halftaxcard and look out for the sparbillets.
Landing a joboffer is not easy usually in the wintertime , there are not many offers.
Will you marry to get a permit ?
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Re: Aussie recently landed in CH

Hi and welcome to Switzerland and the forum!

There are a heap of Australians in Switzerland, if you turn over a few rocks you're bound to find one or two.

Check out the Social Events section of the forum, but not so much is going on at the moment on that front ...
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Hello. Welcome!

Wow, Iím surprised they let you travel, I have friends who werenít even allowed out to visit parents abroad, they must be getting more generous (maybe now the government arenít funding quarantine when you return).

Enjoy your visit!
For a while there it wasnít worth applying to exit, but as things eased up internally within Aus in Oct / Nov they relaxed the border given you could prove you werenít a liability if you got stranded internationally. I think now itís even easier again as time has moved on. Which is great news for your friends, if they havenít already tried again to apply Iíd recommend giving it a shot

Thank you, I shall!

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For the sbb: buy a halftaxcard and look out for the sparbillets.
Landing a joboffer is not easy usually in the wintertime , there are not many offers.
Will you marry to get a permit ?
Cheers for the heads up on the halftaxcard. Iíll suss this out!

Weíre considering the marriage thing honestly. To us it holds little ceremonial obligations or anything like this so if itís a means to an end then for sure. Would you happen to know if the permit is granted directly once our married state is confirmed, or is there some waiting period in proving its merit?

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Hi and welcome to Switzerland and the forum!

There are a heap of Australians in Switzerland, if you turn over a few rocks you're bound to find one or two.

Check out the Social Events section of the forum, but not so much is going on at the moment on that front ...
Appreciate the warm welcome in the coldest place Iíve ever been!

Yeah the social thing definitely isnít booming. Iíll keep my eyes and ears peeled for these Aussies.

Cheers

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Would you happen to know if the permit is granted directly once our married state is confirmed, or is there some waiting period in proving its merit?
There's no "waiting time" to apply, but takes a while to go through the approval process. Also it is important that your spouse earns enough to support you, or it won't be approved.

Does he not want to move to Oz?.... I'd definitely be choosing Oz (I'm in love with Oz.... & Roos )
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Re: Aussie recently landed in CH

Do you have an EU nationality in addition to Australian? If not we gotta be brutally honest with you: your options are gonna be very limited.

I met my Swiss ex-wife back 20 years ago and did pretty much what you've done. Unfortunately the reality was (and still is) marriage was the only option to stay, and all the paperwork for this had to be completed from Oz. It took us around a year to get things sorted, although that was before a lot of online applications became available.

Jobs weren't easy to come by before COVID so unless you're specially qualified in some niche area, finding employment will be near impossible.

As Australia has just reduced the inbound quotas, you may even struggle to get back.

If you are really keen on staying, then invest your time researching the many resources and posts on the topic to get informed. PM me if you want some links to some aussie FB groups as well.
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There's no "waiting time" to apply, but takes a while to go through the approval process. Also it is important that your spouse earns enough to support you, or it won't be approved.

Does he not want to move to Oz?.... I'd definitely be choosing Oz (I'm in love with Oz.... & Roos )
Ok sweet, appreciate the help!

ĎSheí certainly loves Aus yes I do as well of course, but she studies for the next few years so I guess itís CH until thatís over and done with. And Iím loving it here!
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Do you have an EU nationality in addition to Australian? If not we gotta be brutally honest with you: your options are gonna be very limited.
Brutal honesty is encouraged my friend, cheers! I kind of figured my options would be slim as Iím born and bred down under and this is actually my first time ever leaving, Iím really not a worldly guy.

Thanks for the DM offer, Iíll find you there...
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Ok sweet, appreciate the help!

ĎSheí certainly loves Aus yes I do as well of course, but she studies for the next few years so I guess itís CH until thatís over and done with. And Iím loving it here!
Thatís a problem on the permit front then Iím afraid .... because even if you get married, if she is a student, she probably wonít be able to financially support you in order to get the dependants permit.
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Thatís a problem on the permit front then Iím afraid .... because even if you get married, if she is a student, she probably wonít be able to financially support you in order to get the dependants permit.
Maybe her family can provide that, worked for us years ago things might have changed though...
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