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Residency Permit - HELP

Hey guys,

Really quick question. Myself (British) and my boyfriend (Swiss) are about to move into our apartment and I have just got a job. I was wondering what documents do I need to take to the Kanton place to gain a residency permit????

Would really appreicate it if somebody got back to me ASAP.

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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

How long have you been in the country? More than six months & you're out.

Look here EU Permits - A few bullet points

You need to bring a copy of your employment contract, as well as passport, and whatever else they spring on your when you go to the Einwohnerkontrolle...
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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

Hey.....

No, I have only been here two months. Thanks for the help. So I shall take a copy of all this. Will they want to see a copy of the employment and apartment contract?

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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

OK so no problem regarding the duration of stay.

You need;

- Employment contract
- Proof of health insurance, but this is a chicken/egg thing, you need to tell the insurance office that they have to give you a certificate of insurance, in order to get your permit, because usually they ask you for your permit, yeah i know, stupid...
- Passport
- Proof of address (rental contract) but this doesn't have to be in your name.

That outta do it.

Welcome to Switzerland!

BTW...

You have 24 months to change your drivers license over to CH, but you can only drive for 12 months on your UK license from when your get your Ausländerausweis.

You'll also need to show documentation that proves when you actually passed your driving test, this is necessary for the license as well as if you want to get insurance.

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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

Brillant..............

Thank you sooo soooo sooo much for your help. I might be back with more questions lol.

Thanks again.

Layla

Question again lol. Which insurance do you mean?

Layla

my mistake......i didnt read it properly...health insurance.
Thanks
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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

No worries.

I mean for car insurance, the default is they take your record from when your swiss drivers license is issued, but if you can show that you've been driving for a longer time, you will get a lower premium.

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Re: Residency Permit - HELP

Ok brill,

Could I drive my car over to Switzerland then, and keep it over here? Then I would have to change my insurance company right?

Layla
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How long have you been in the country? More than six months & you're out.
Why would you even ask that? Nothing in the OP post hinted an a long stay did it?

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You'll also need to show documentation that proves when you actually passed your driving test, this is necessary for the license as well as if you want to get insurance.
In the case of the OP, the UK driving license is sufficient.
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You have 24 months to change your drivers license over to CH, but you can only drive for 12 months on your UK license from when your get your Ausländerausweis.
You can drive with an EU license for 12 months here in Switzerland and then you have another grace period on top of it to get it transferred to a Swiss license without having to do a check drive. During that grace period you are not allowed to drive within Switzerland.
I thought the grace period was 24 months throughout Switzerland, but the canton of Luzern states that one can transfer their foreign license into a Swiss license within 5 years from moving to Switzerland, provided that the foreign license is from one of the following countries (including quite a few non-EU countries):
http://www.strassenverkehrsamt.lu.ch...rerausweis.htm
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Befreit sind Inhaber/innen von Führerausweisen aus einem EU-/EFTA-Staat: Belgien, Bulgarien, Dänemark, Deutschland, Estland, Finnland, Frankreich, Griechenland, Grossbritannien, Irland, Island, Italien, Lettland, Liechtenstein, Litauen, Luxemburg, Malta, Niederlande, Norwegen, Österreich, Polen, Portugal, Rumänien, Schweden, Slowakei, Slowenien, Spanien, Tschechische Republik, Ungarn, Zypern sowie Andorra, Australien, Israel, Japan, Kanada, Korea (Republik), Kroatien, Marokko, Monaco, Neuseeland, San Marino, Singapur, Tunesien, USA.
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Lässt ein/e Führer/in aus einem EU-, EFTA oder eines der oben erwähnten Länder seinen ausländischen Führerausweis später als fünf Jahre seit seiner Einreise umtauschen, so muss sie/er eine Kontrollfahrt absolvieren.
Note that the above does not apply to people driving lorries/trucks/buses - they need to get their license transferred before they start to drive such a vehicle.
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You'll also need to show documentation that proves when you actually passed your driving test, this is necessary for the license as well as if you want to get insurance.

Cheers,
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Hi Cameron. I am confused about this documentation about driving test. I did mine in Soviet Union some 20 years ago. No way I can get these papers in hands. Does this mean some difficulties for me while getting Swiss DL and insurance?
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Why would you even ask that? Nothing in the OP post hinted an a long stay did it?

In the case of the OP, the UK driving license is sufficient.
Sorry didn't mean to be rude, one of my Dutch colleagues just faced this problem just a week ago, so it was on my mind...

So long as the UK license card shows a date of when it was first issued, some licenses from AUS & NZ don't. When changing over a license, a date of when the license was first issued needs to be provided, if you can't show that, they won't just fill in any date you tell them, it needs to be proven.
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Ok brill,

Could I drive my car over to Switzerland then, and keep it over here? Then I would have to change my insurance company right?

Layla
Sure you can drive a UK registered car in CH, up to 12 months I believe, but you cannot get local insurance, you need to have the car insured in the UK with a Europe-wide policy, which is not cheap...

If you're planning on staying a long time, then it's probably not worth bringing a UK RHD car over and getting it registered/insured here. And it'll be hard to sell a RHD car here on the continent.

Plus if you cross the border a lot, you'll get stopped all the time cause of the UK plates.

In my experience you're better off selling the car in the UK, & buy another locally.

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Hi Cameron. I am confused about this documentation about driving test. I did mine in Soviet Union some 20 years ago. No way I can get these papers in hands. Does this mean some difficulties for me while getting Swiss DL and insurance?
I'm guessing you have a Finnish drivers license at the moment, so at the very least you need to show when that license was first issued in Finland. If it's shown on the actual card you'll have no problems, if not then some additional paperwork will be needed to support this.

Since Finland is in the EU, you wouldn't need to re-do the test.

The other point is only to show that you are not a "new" driver to your insurance company, if they have some documents which show you've been driving +10 years, then you can get lower premiums. Otherwise they will consider you like an 18 year old who just passed the test; in other words, a risk.

Oh yeah, you might also need a Wohnsitzbescheinigung from the local Einwohnerkontrolle, sometimes the computer-systems between offices don't always match...

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You can drive with an EU license for 12 months here in Switzerland and then you have another grace period on top of it to get it transferred to a Swiss license without having to do a check drive. During that grace period you are not allowed to drive within Switzerland.
I thought the grace period was 24 months throughout Switzerland, but the canton of Luzern states that one can transfer their foreign license into a Swiss license within 5 years from moving to Switzerland, provided that the foreign license is from one of the following countries (including quite a few non-EU countries):
http://www.strassenverkehrsamt.lu.ch...rerausweis.htm

Note that the above does not apply to people driving lorries/trucks/buses - they need to get their license transferred before they start to drive such a vehicle.
Funny that it varies between Kantons...

In Schaffhausen officially you only have 12 months, the 24 months is "under the table" i.e. not published. And no way for 5 years, a couple of my friends are off the road because they missed the 24 month cut-off.
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Oh, no, I have only Valid until -date. But I probably can get some kind of document from Finnish police. They should have a record, when the license was issued. Thank you for a heads up! Maybe much more hair in the license photo could be a prove for me being a long term driver
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Oh, no, I have only Valid until -date. But I probably can get some kind of document from Finnish police. They should have a record, when the license was issued. Thank you for a heads up! Maybe much more hair in the license photo could be a prove for me being a long term driver
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Thanks for all your help guys and cheers Cameron, I`m selling my car in England so hopefully i`ll get a car over here.

Take Care all,

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