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Old 22.02.2011, 00:12
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extend swiss stay..desperate advice/ideas needed

First of, big thanks for everyone who shared his/her experience and advice.. I have been reading all the permit/visa topics in the forum and have been amazed! I hope I can contribute as much with my stories.. but I would really appreciate some help and advice at the moment

Most of my life have been a foreigner in another country..after living in the US for 7 years I was fed up with immigration/ work permits and all those issues and decided to move back to europe
However, here I am - L permit EU2 working in Bern canton; told I received an L due to quota/having limited 18month contract.. hubby-to-be is non EU.. because of my L we could not apply for a visitor/ 3 month guest visa ( although I make enough to support both of us - immigration said I am not allowed to guarantee for him as am short-term resident). After many talks with migration/embassy/consulate finally allowed us to apply for a tourist visa and granted him 2weeks!
He is coming in March for 2weeks and I really want him to stay longer..we were hoping he would at least get 1or2month visa so he can also look for jobs before we get married (in sep/nov)..
So my obvious question : Is there any legal way we can extend his visa once he is here in Switzerland? I have been reading about fiance visa/ bridge to student visa/ extensions..and a lot of rejections.. but most cases seem to be an application for extension after the normally allowed 90days.. has anyone been in our case?
What can be a "very valid reason" to extend a tourist?
or what about if he signs up for language courses?
Has anyone extend their stay on this ground or you had to return to home country and reapply for student?
Can one of our embassies be of help here?

I always thought the US was the hardest on immigration/visa/work permits.. but now it seems the Swiss are even better...

Last edited by Longbyt; 22.02.2011 at 10:44. Reason: The country is Switzerland. I've edited to avoid the 'wrath' of the members who might be able to help you.
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Old 22.02.2011, 15:03
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If he has a 2 week visa then there's a reason for that. Extending is highly unlikely.
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Old 22.02.2011, 17:33
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Re: extend swiss stay..desperate advice/ideas needed

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First of, big thanks for everyone who shared his/her experience and advice.. I have been reading all the permit/visa topics in the forum and have been amazed! I hope I can contribute as much with my stories.. but I would really appreciate some help and advice at the moment

Most of my life have been a foreigner in another country..after living in the US for 7 years I was fed up with immigration/ work permits and all those issues and decided to move back to europe
However, here I am - L permit EU2 working in Bern canton; told I received an L due to quota/having limited 18month contract.. hubby-to-be is non EU.. because of my L we could not apply for a visitor/ 3 month guest visa ( although I make enough to support both of us - immigration said I am not allowed to guarantee for him as am short-term resident). After many talks with migration/embassy/consulate finally allowed us to apply for a tourist visa and granted him 2weeks!
He is coming in March for 2weeks and I really want him to stay longer..we were hoping he would at least get 1or2month visa so he can also look for jobs before we get married (in sep/nov)..
So my obvious question : Is there any legal way we can extend his visa once he is here in Switzerland? I have been reading about fiance visa/ bridge to student visa/ extensions..and a lot of rejections.. but most cases seem to be an application for extension after the normally allowed 90days.. has anyone been in our case?
What can be a "very valid reason" to extend a tourist?
or what about if he signs up for language courses?
Has anyone extend their stay on this ground or you had to return to home country and reapply for student?
Can one of our embassies be of help here?

I always thought the US was the hardest on immigration/visa/work permits.. but now it seems the Swiss are even better...
Your problem is the L permit which does not allow a family member to join you. Get this changed and your problem will go. And the other problem is that you are not EU17! It is possible to appeal against the decision but to be honest it also depends on where he is coming from and the reasons provided for requesting the visa. If he is coming just to see you then two weeks is normal and if you apply in July for another visa to get married then you might find they are more lenient there again they must not be, it is only they might be:-(
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Old 22.02.2011, 17:39
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Re: extend swiss stay..desperate advice/ideas needed

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Your problem is the L permit which does not allow a family member to join you. Get this changed and your problem will go.(
Not so. Reunification for married couples is perfectly possible on an L permit. For unmarried couples, even on a B permit, it's rare.
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Old 22.02.2011, 22:36
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Re: extend swiss stay..desperate advice/ideas needed

Thanks for all the quick reply!


L permit is a bigger problem than I though.. we decided to wait on the marriage until I have a B so he can have equal rights to work here...(thinking that in the mean time he can stay and look for a job or take a language course as a tourist)
from the local migration office I was told that if we get married now - he could get an L with the right to work but everything will be matched to my permit... So if I have 6mnths left on my L (which is exactly how much I have left now until renewal) he will also get 6mnths L; and if I have less than 6mths there is a chance that they do not approve his documents because I have too short residency left in switzerland..
It seems there is no guarantee of what kind of permit you will get if you are not EU17

perhaps if we change the canton of residency - are there more foreigner favorable cantons than others? ones that give out Bs more easily?
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Old 23.02.2011, 06:33
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.... he could get an L with the right to work but everything will be matched to my permit... So if I have 6mnths left on my L (which is exactly how much I have left now until renewal) he will also get 6mnths L; and if I have less than 6mths there is a chance that they do not approve his documents because I have too short residency left in switzerland.
Exactly the same would apply to his dependant B permit.


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It seems there is no guarantee of what kind of permit you will get if you are not EU17
Not so. For EU 2 it is prescribed. You would get a B for your 18 month contract if the EU2 quota allows it, otherwise an L.

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perhaps if we change the canton of residency - are there more foreigner favorable cantons than others? ones that give out Bs more easily?
It may be that another canton has EU2 quota available. However, if you change cantons you will take your L with you.

Also, when you renew, if you only have 6 months to run on your contract, you will get another L.

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Old 23.02.2011, 10:07
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Re: extend swiss stay..desperate advice/ideas needed

Thanks Swissbob! I have one more question for you please

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Not so. For EU 2 it is prescribed. You would get a B for your 18 month contract if the EU2 quota allows it, otherwise an L.
I was a little confused here.. Back in September 2010 when I saw I have an L - I talked to the local&cantonal migration office and spoke with several different people (in English) who said I probably received the L because of quota restrictions.. then I went to my HR to see if they can help and do something about it since they have a friend at the local office... To HR the responce was that it has nothing to do with quota - I received the L because I have a limmited 18mnths contract and until I get an unlimited one I am not eligible to ask for a B.. (they spoke in German - so I couldnt understand a thing but thats what HR communicated back to me)
I am planning to talk to my managers and renegotiate my contract to unlimited before my current L expires.. however if I understand correctly - if there is no B permit quota for Bulgaria left this September (when I renew the permit) even with an unlimited contract I will still get an L for one more year? is that true? Or quota restrictions do not apply if I have been employed in Switzerland already?
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