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Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Hi All,
I would like to know if Switzerland offers a VISITORS VISA for stay greater than 90 days for Parents.

Why I am asking this question is because Parents normally don't fall under the classification of 'dependents'. Can the clause of 'family reunion' be applicable to parents, by virtue of which, I can still push for a "visa greater than 90 days"?

I am a Non-EU, Non-American citizen, married, with one daughter and living in Zurich on a L permit.

Thanks for clarifying!

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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Do you support them financially?
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Yes and No.

Parents are retired, and therefore have no income, except retirement benefits and Pension etc.

If they visit us in Swiss, then I would support their travel and living expenses in Swiss.
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Old 01.04.2011, 09:39
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I would like to know if Switzerland offers a VISITORS VISA for stay greater than 90 days for Parents.
No, they do not.
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Hi All,
I would like to know if Switzerland offers a VISITORS VISA for stay greater than 90 days for Parents.

Thanks for clarifying!

Regards
A
No, it is valid only for 90 days. Once they are here,it can be extended in certain (major) cases for eg.they are not able to fly due to illness or you are having some medical problem and (definitely) need their assistance. Under these circumstances, you need to submit a letter from your doctor to your commune office, requesting for an extension. Swiss authorities are very strict in this regard so unless you do have a proper reason, they will not extend it.
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Old 01.04.2011, 11:15
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

If you ask the authorities for a 90+ visa based on "family reunion", they would probably end up sending the police around. Not to deport the visitors, rather to check that everyone was still alive and well.

By the end of a week's visit, I'm happy for any of my family reunions to be drawing to an end...
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Old 01.04.2011, 11:20
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Yes and No.

Parents are retired, and therefore have no income, except retirement benefits and Pension etc.

If they visit us in Swiss, then I would support their travel and living expenses in Swiss.
Sorry one of my massive bug bares. (Apologies in advance)

###After 6 years in Switzerland you'd think you'd know the country name...###

Simply....Swiss relates to the nationality of people, or a person from Switzerland or even the airline. It is not a country name!!!

No rules are the rules, 90 days max for a tourist, no extensions, no appeals no accidently stopping over. (Harsh but they apply to everyone.)
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Been there, tried that.

Only other option for NON-EU folks (whether American or non-american) is to have at least 1 million Francs in a bank account per parent. Or they should have a pension which provides them at least 5k CHF per person per month. 90 days is the maximum allowed amount after which they MUST return to their home country.

Sorry OP but the rules are very strict and apply to all.

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Hi All,
I would like to know if Switzerland offers a VISITORS VISA for stay greater than 90 days for Parents.

Why I am asking this question is because Parents normally don't fall under the classification of 'dependents'. Can the clause of 'family reunion' be applicable to parents, by virtue of which, I can still push for a "visa greater than 90 days"?

I am a Non-EU, Non-American citizen, married, with one daughter and living in Zurich on a L permit.

Thanks for clarifying!

Regards
A
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Stick with the 90 days VISA and you can invite them again after a few months with no problem. If you request more that 90 days visit your application will be sent to Bern and waiting time will be 1 to 2 months without any indication of its approval.

If you decide to extend it here (given that the 90 days have lapsed) then there is a chance that you will get max 3 months but inviting them back after they go back to your country will be difficult.
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Had simmilar problem. The only way is to apply for a 90 day visa and after a month break you can reapply. The other possibility is to apply for a Schengen visa....the first time you apply they give it to you for a 90 day period and the second time i think you can apply for half a year.....but that has to be checked...it may have changed...
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.... The other possibility is to apply for a Schengen visa....the first time you apply they give it to you for a 90 day period and the second time i think you can apply for half a year.....but that has to be checked...it may have changed...
No, it hasn't changed, it's just never been like that.
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Re: Visitors visa for greater then 90 days (for parents)

Or they could just apply for a long stay visa?
Don't get me wrong but I really can't understand why people always asking if their girlfriend/boyfriend or parents could stay longer without apply for a proper visa.
Even if retired people are eligible to apply for having their retirement years in Switzerland, why ignore it?

My parents applied for it and they got the visa. You should give a try. Good luck!!! )))
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