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Implications of not de-registering when leaving Switzerland

Hi all,

I have been trying to find what are the implications of not de-registering from the Canton de Vaud when leaving Switzerland. I can only find information related to de-registration being mandatory by law, but not what can happen if it's not done.

I am asking because I did my MSc thesis at EPFL several years ago (2009), so I stayed in Lausanne for about 8 months, but my leave was quite bumpy for personal reasons so I never managed to de-register.

Now I am planning to get a job there and would like to know what will happen when I try to register again.

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Are you still paying Health Insurance? De-registering is quite important for getting out of that contract!
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Do you have any proof at all that you left? Ended your apartment contract or ended your health insurance coverage, for example?
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Worst case you will be hit with a bill for health insurance, for taxes and for BILLAG
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Hi all,

I have been trying to find what are the implications of not de-registering from the Canton de Vaud when leaving Switzerland. I can only find information related to de-registration being mandatory by law, but not what can happen if it's not done.

I am asking because I did my MSc thesis at EPFL several years ago (2009), so I stayed in Lausanne for about 8 months, but my leave was quite bumpy for personal reasons so I never managed to de-register.

Now I am planning to get a job there and would like to know what will happen when I try to register again.

Thanks!
Why don't you email them and explain your situation?
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Re: Implications of not de-registering when leaving Switzerland

In your shoes I would just turn up and see what happens. Should anything happen, which I don't think so, it will probably only be a short, sharp lecture from the Control des Habitants person registering you. Just play dumb and say you had no idea you had to de-register.
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Are you still paying Health Insurance? De-registering is quite important for getting out of that contract!
No, I am not paying anything. I had a private insurance coming from a grant and the European health insurance card. Back then it was enough, if I recall.

I am being told that it could be that after not reporting the leave I was automatically switched to a health insurance and then I could be listed in some sort of black-list, but since then I've traveled several times to Switzerland as tourist and never had a problem.

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Why don't you email them and explain your situation?
I prefer to know what to expect beforehand. I'd be more willing to pay any fine if I know for sure that I'm moving there, but if not... I'd rather not force it as I have not had any consequences up to now.

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Do you have any proof at all that you left? Ended your apartment contract or ended your health insurance coverage, for example?
Thanks. Yes I should have proof I ended my apartment contract.

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I prefer to know what to expect beforehand. I'd be more willing to pay any fine if I know for sure that I'm moving there, but if not... I'd rather not force it as I have not had any consequences up to now.


I do not think anyone here can tell you what will happen. Even if someone had a similar situation it can still be different for you.

Sorry, but as mentioned, best to call them.
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Worst case you will be hit with a bill for health insurance, for taxes and for BILLAG
Thanks. That would be quite interesting. If I paid that, would that mean that in all effects I never left Switzerland and thus I could count these years in case I wanted to get a permanent residence? Because it's been 8 years

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I do not think anyone here can tell you what will happen. Even if someone had a similar situation it can still be different for you.

Sorry, but as mentioned, best to call them.
Thanks. Well I would expect this to be contemplated in the law, and thus be able to find it online somehow, but I have not been able to find it in several days of searching.

In any case all of your quick responses are very helpful, and would be glad if anyone else knows something more specific.

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Re: Implications of not de-registering when leaving Switzerland

Any contract that hasnīt been cancelled will need to be paid. So maybe you can Google on that "automatic" transfer of your student health insurance to a "normal" one?
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Any contract that hasnīt been cancelled will need to be paid. So maybe you can Google on that "automatic" transfer of your student health insurance to a "normal" one?
Thanks, I'm doing that as we speak and will come back as soon as I get a solution, to help others in similar situations.
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Thanks. That would be quite interesting. If I paid that, would that mean that in all effects I never left Switzerland and thus I could count these years in case I wanted to get a permanent residence? Because it's been 8 years
You would have "been here" illegal w/o any proper permit. As things are you would have still all of the obligations such as health insurance and tax on worldwide income (At least the last part is done that way in the US)

On the other hand they most likely de-registered you once the your permit ran out and there was no feedback from you. In worst you would have to pay a fin of around CHF 200 for not changing the address. As this is such a long time ago I guess all time limits to fine you or enforce the fine have passed (this ar normally 3 years each in case of fines).

If you have properly ended and canceled all contracts you should not face any issues.
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Re: Implications of not de-registering when leaving Switzerland

@ J.M. del Barco,

after you have registered here again, please do tell us what happened to you, we try to keep the threads complete and useful.

Good news: nobody has been executed here since 7 December 1944.
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I prefer to know what to expect beforehand. I'd be more willing to pay any fine if I know for sure that I'm moving there, but if not... I'd rather not force it as I have not had any consequences up to now.
If you get the job will what ever the implications for not de-registering stop you from moving here?

If not, just do it and explain your problem in person when you arrive. Always the best way to deal with authorities of that type here.

If yes, you'll have to do your research anonymously as the moment you ask them you'll get fined anyway, where ever you live now.

Or it's no (nothing will stop you from moving here) but you want to ..... save up for the fine LOL ...... then do as Lib said.
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@ J.M. del Barco,

after you have registered here again, please do tell us what happened to you, we try to keep the threads complete and useful.

Good news: nobody has been executed here since 7 December 1944.
Which is the frightfully, frightfully British way to say we are nosy buggers.
(As the next one will not use the search-function anyway )
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@ J.M. del Barco,

after you have registered here again, please do tell us what happened to you, we try to keep the threads complete and useful.

Good news: nobody has been executed here since 7 December 1944.
I do not know if I will finally move to Switzerland and I'll probably get to know in some months, but I'll certainly try to fix this situation nevertheless and I'll post back what happened

Thanks everyone!

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If you get the job will what ever the implications for not de-registering stop you from moving here?

If not, just do it and explain your problem in person when you arrive. Always the best way to deal with authorities of that type here.

If yes, you'll have to do your research anonymously as the moment you ask them you'll get fined anyway, where ever you live now.

Or it's no (nothing will stop you from moving here) but you want to ..... save up for the fine LOL ...... then do as Lib said.
It depends. If I have to pay "just" a fine, sure. If I have to pay back the minimum 300fr/month of health insurance for 8 years... Well, that's ~25k Euros, so I guess I'll have to think about it...

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It depends. If I have to pay "just" a fine, sure. If I have to pay back the minimum 300fr/month of health insurance for 8 years... Well, that's ~25k Euros, so I guess I'll have to think about it...
If you can prove you had other insurance during those 8 years I doubt very much they will charge you that.
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