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Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

Hi,


my family and me wanna go home to SA, leave Switzerland for good. Do you have any tips. Our destination will be Capetown, Blouberg, SeaPoint...somewhere there.


We are very happy about all the tips or contacts you can give!


- how do we get our old people's money before we actually leave (to buy a house in SA)?
- good schools in Blouberg?
- How can I (as a non-SA-passport holder) get a staying permission (permanent) as quick as possible?
- any good agent for a house that you would recommend (we are already in contact with some, but maybe you know the perfect one )
- and so on... feel free to give any advice!
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Re: Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

Are you married? Is your spouse South African?
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Re: Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

Yes and yes, but not 5 years yet, so we need another option maybe
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Re: Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

https://www.ch.ch/en/withdraw-pension-early

http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immi...nent-residency

http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immi...nce-permit-prp
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Re: Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

As you read up about the situation of your (and your spouse's) pension money and pension planning, bear in mind that the rules are different for
  • Swiss vs non-Swiss citizens,
  • or moving to an EU vs to a non-EU country, and
  • with regard to the state pension (AHV, in German) and the pension plan of an employer (BVG, in German).

BVG
The first of the links posted above, by Medea, relates to BVG.

AHV
As a Swiss citizen, you have the right to continue to contribute to the Swiss Old-Age and Survivors' Pension scheme (AHV, in German). Here is the info on how to do this.
https://www.ch.ch/de/ahv-beitragslucken/ (German)
https://www.ch.ch/en/gaps-contribution/ (English)
This is one way to keep a certain security. If ever you choose to return to Switzerland, it'll be good to have no gaps in your contributions. Gaps lead to a lower pensions. If you stay in South Africa, when the time comes, a Swiss old-age pension will be very nice to have. If you become an invalid before normal retirement age, this will protect you by providing a monthly disability pension (and your children, too, if you and they then return to Switzerland).
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Re: Leaving Switzerland to South Africa

https://www.savisas.com/blog/foreign...can-residency/
Disclaimer: I can't vouch for any of this content... found only by googling. It confirms what you say about the 5-year requirement of marriage. Depending on how many more years you'd need to fulfil that, it might still be the easier route to take than trying to get some other kind of visa.

See also, on that same site, info about skills.
https://www.savisas.com/?s=skills
One way to obtain a skills visa may be to combine your current profession/skills with your Swiss language abilities, i.e. look for an employer who needs what you do, plus contact to European countries, which only someone who can speak the language(s) can provide.
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