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Old 04.05.2011, 07:21
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Swiss work visa question

My employer in Switzerland applied for a work permit for me last month but has yet to receive authorization. According to the employer, I cant apply for the Visa here at the Swiss Consulate (in Canada) until the employer receives my work permit authorization.

My concern is that I am supposed to start working in the 1st week of June and think it might be too late for me to apply and get a visa by then.

According to the employer, getting a work visa after the work permit has been authorized is very easy and takes a number of days, however when I called the Swiss Consulate here they told me that I should've applied 3-months ago.

Who is right here?
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Re: Swiss work visa question

As my better half has just left for Switzerland on Monday, and his work permit story is as fresh as it gets, I can tell you this much:
a) in order for the Swiss consulate to issue you a visa that would allow you to enter the country for a long-term stay and work, you need to submit your work permit that your employer is getting you - classic chicken and egg scenario where work permit is a chicken and visa is an egg that comes from it
b) in our case, the visa application was submitted at the Los Angeles consulate on March 29 (with the accompanying fax copies of the work authorization paperwork) and the visa was ready by mid-April
c) the permit paperwork, though, took about three months (all done by employer with no real visibility to any steps they performed or stages this went through)
Hope this helps.
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Re: Swiss work visa question

Thanks for the info. My employer initially applied for a work permit for me in January and it only took 4 weeks to arrive however I had to delay my arrival to Switzerland until June. They applied once again for a work permit for me in March and its been 7 weeks so far and the Swiss officials still havent given me approval. I'm worried that their slowness may delay my trip even further. On the bright side, your info suggests that if I do get my work permit approved then the Visa application should not take more than 2-weeks.
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