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Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

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i am a student traveling to zurich.I have a visa validity date starting from 31st January.I want to enter zurich on 16th January to find accommodation and get things up and running.Is there a possibility?
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Old 09.01.2011, 12:03
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Hi all,
i am a student traveling to zurich.I have a visa validity date starting from 31st January.I want to enter zurich on 16th January to find accommodation and get things up and running.Is there a possibility?
If you need a visa to enter Switzerland then you have answered your own question .
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If you need a visa to enter Switzerland then you have answered your own question .
I am talking about the entry to switzerland.ofcourse i have my visa stamped on the passport.
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If you need a visa to enter Switzerland then you have answered your own question .
Or to put it even more simply which appears to be necessary, if you need a valid visa to enter Switzerland and your visa validity starts 31st Jan then you cannot enter Switzerland until 31st Jan.
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Old 10.01.2011, 03:45
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Re: Can i enter Sussie before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

I was in a similar position as you.

My country doesn't need a visa to enter the EU/Switzerland, but I did need one to be a student. I took a leap of faith and came in exactly 14 days before it was valid, because I was told I need to register with the Kreisburo within 14 days. I am still not sure this is the exact number of days, but I believe it was at the time. I phoned the Swiss Embassy in my country before and they said FOR CITIZENS OF MY COUNTRY there should be no problem. I asked them for some kind of proof, article to support my claim but they didn't have anything. I wrote down the number of the Embassy who told me this, in case I ever needed it.

My port of entry was Amsterdam. The guy looked at me and said "Your visa is not yet valid..." I said I knew. He talked to his colleague and they agreed I was allowed to enter Europe as a citizen of my country regardless of this student visa business. I honestly think they could have said no just as easily but they were probably having a good day or something.

There were no controls when I flew into Switzerland. I went to the Kreisburo on the day my visa became valid, 14 days after I landed. They didn't even look at the dates. They were more concerned about me moving into my newly found place as soon as possible than when I entered the Schengen zone...!

But I think I got away with this all because my country does not need a visa to enter Europe in the first place, so check if yours does.
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I was in a similar position as you.

My country doesn't need a visa to enter the EU/Switzerland, but I did need one to be a student. I took a leap of faith and came in exactly 14 days before it was valid, because I was told I need to register with the Kreisburo within 14 days. I am still not sure this is the exact number of days, but I believe it was at the time. I phoned the Swiss Embassy in my country before and they said FOR CITIZENS OF MY COUNTRY there should be no problem. I asked them for some kind of proof, article to support my claim but they didn't have anything. I wrote down the number of the Embassy who told me this, in case I ever needed it.

My port of entry was Amsterdam. The guy looked at me and said "Your visa is not yet valid..." I said I knew. He talked to his colleague and they agreed I was allowed to enter Europe as a citizen of my country regardless of this student visa business. I honestly think they could have said no just as easily but they were probably having a good day or something.

There were no controls when I flew into Switzerland. I went to the Kreisburo on the day my visa became valid, 14 days after I landed. They didn't even look at the dates. They were more concerned about me moving into my newly found place as soon as possible than when I entered the Schengen zone...!

But I think I got away with this all because my country does not need a visa to enter Europe in the first place, so check if yours does.

Thanks a lot i need visa to enter the schengen area,so i guess i am not ready totake the leap of faith!!!But thanks for helping me out!!!!
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Re: Can i enter Sussie before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

I hope you've asked Sussie before entering her...
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I hope you've asked Sussie before entering her...
Damn, you beat me to it
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Re: Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

I had a similar experience as avita, I arrived to CH about 4 days before the start date on my visa since the people at the Swiss consulate told me it would not be a problem since citizens of my country don't need visas for short time stays. The Federal migrations office confirmed that. So, I arrived 4 days earlier and registered two days before the start date of my visa. The lady at the registration office didn't bat an eyelash, everything was smooth.
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Entering Switzerland 5 days before Type D visa validity period

Hello everyone,

I found an old post about a similar issue (Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?) but I thought I would make a new thread instead of reviving that one. From what I could gather from that thread, it seems like I will be ok but I would like to hear from more people first.

I recently got my student Type D visa stamped into my passport and it has my entry validity date starting on September 6, 2016. Unfortunately, my lease ends on my apartment here in the US on August 31, and so I want to know if it will be possible for me to leave the US on Aug. 31, and enter Switzerland on September 1, which is 5 days before my visa is valid.

Since I am a US citizen, I realize that I do not need any visa in order to enter Switzerland for short periods of time, so I hope this means it won't be an issue.

Any help will be greatly appreciated! It will make my life one thousand times easier if I can get in on the 1st instead of the 6th.
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Re: Entering Switzerland 5 days before Type D visa validity period

I can't see it being a problem as you are allowed to be here as a tourist without having a visa. Where you would probably hit a problem is if you didn't have the visa in the first place even though it's been granted.

But if you're concerned I suggest you use this contact form

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/misc...beruns/kontakt

to ask the Federal Migration Office if it's okay and then print off their answer to bring with you if you get stopped at the border. I've always found them very helpful when I've needed clarification on immigration policy.
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Re: Entering Switzerland 5 days before Type D visa validity period

Thank you! I just sent them a message, I hoping they will respond with good news. Ill be sure to print off their response to have as evidence for the airport and possibly for the Kreisburo in case they kick up a fuss when I go to apply for my residence permit.

I suppose now that I think about it, I wouldn't mind entering even earlier, perhaps mid-August. I will see what the SEM says first though and I don't want to push my luck too much, but I want to give myself as much time as I can to find a flat in Zurich before the semester begins (Sept. 20).
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Re: Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

Well, bear in mind that rental contracts here tend to be set up around "official" moving dates so most will become available from 1st October as the 30th September is an "official" moving date. That's not to say you won't find some you can move into earlier, but the choice may be more limited.

Use these websites to see what's available and what you can afford.

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.home.ch

For flatshares/rooms: www.wgzimmer.ch

If you're going to be studying at one of the universities you can also check with them as they often have an accommodation list available.

Looking at your profile I see you enjoy video games. What's your "speciality"?
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Well, bear in mind that rental contracts here tend to be set up around "official" moving dates so most will become available from 1st October as the 30th September is an "official" moving date. That's not to say you won't find some you can move into earlier, but the choice may be more limited.

Use these websites to see what's available and what you can afford.

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.home.ch

For flatshares/rooms: www.wgzimmer.ch

If you're going to be studying at one of the universities you can also check with them as they often have an accommodation list available.

Looking at your profile I see you enjoy video games. What's your "speciality"?
Thanks again! I really appreciate your help.

I'm hoping now that I'll be able to enter some time in mid-August and if I am extremely lucky I'll find a place with a September 1st move it date. Highly unlikely, but I will try to give it a shot. I haven't heard back from SEM yet so I suppose I need to wait for that before I plan too far ahead!

As for the actual flat, I will be bringing my cat along with me so university accommodation is not an option. I also will be coming with my girlfriend and we would like to have our own private flat so flatsharing/WG's are also out of the question. I've been looking at the real estate websites you've linked for a few months now in order to get a feel for where I should be looking to live and what I can expect with my budget. It's tough to tell if I should even bother contacting the agents/landlords of any of the flats I have looked at/liked because I assume they will all be taken by the time I arrive.

Now that I mention this, I do have another question. My girlfriend is not from a country that allows visa-free travel to Switzerland, so she will be heading back to her home-country for a month until her student visa is valid (also September 6th), which means I will be apartment-hunting on my own. Will I be able to sign a lease that includes both of our names on it if she is not present? Or do I have to wait until she is in Zurich with me on the 6th? And will landlords look negatively upon my application if it's just me looking at and applying to their apartments, since they can't meet her? Surely there are no benefits to her not being present so it makes me a bit nervous.

And as for video games, it's tough to nail down one specialty. I've been playing since I first got my Super Nintendo when I was just a couple of years old. I've owned the majority of consoles that were released since then but right now I mostly play on my Playstation 4, so RPGs, puzzle games, platformers, etc. I previously was a big FPS/3rd person shooter fan but I already feel as if my reaction time and reflexes are too slow to compete online , so I prefer more single player story-heavy experiences or just quick 5-10 minute bursts of an arcade type game. Either way I have noticed that I have spent much less time gaming in recent years, but I don't plan on ever stopping completely.

How about you? I've wondered how many people on this forum were fans of video games.
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Re: Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

Um, I'm not sure on the rental side if you can be the only one to sign. I think it needs both of you as you share the responsibilities as renters. Hopefully someone else on the forum knows that side of things more than I do and will be able to answer your question.

As for video games - I'm a specialist: Titan Quest Immortal Throne and its spiritual successor Grim Dawn which was fully released in March this year. I started out being a city builder with the Stronghold series, then added the Anno series (not the modern settings), Port Royale, Patrician III, Zeus: Master of Olympus and Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Then a few years ago I saw Two Worlds on the shelf in Media Markt here. I'd sort of considered trying RPGs on and off, but none of them really appealed to me. So I bought it and played it and enjoyed it enough to look for others. Picked up Morrowind and Oblivion and also a gold edition of Titan Quest/Immortal Throne as an afterthought. Didn't like the other two, but boy did I click with TQIT. Have tried a few other RPGs since over the years, but TQIT is the one that suits me best. When some of the ex-Iron Lore employees started Crate Entertainment and began working on Grim Dawn I was one of the many early backers of the game. Watching the game develop from the launch of the alpha to final release has been an amazing experience for me.

I still play the city builders when I want a break from destroying satyrs, centaurs, aetherials, chthonics, undead, etc, but TQ and GD are my favourites.
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Re: Can i enter Switzerland before Visa validity date on a Student visa type "D"?

With regards to the flat: both signatures are needed on the contract but frankly there are some expensive solutions to this and some simple ones.
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