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Old 19.05.2011, 17:19
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UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

Hi everyone, thanks for the space of opinion and questions.
I recently landed a job in Basel, Switzerland, I am waiting for my Visa to be issued (the company is dealing with the application) and so far things look good, I should be starting on June the 1st (subject to my Visa once again) and I have a few questions that someone might help me to find and answer:

1- My partner is an EU citizen and I have a UK Residence Card valid for 5 years for living and working in UK, now I am going to work in Basel from Monday to Friday and flying back to London on the weekends, does anyone knows if I will lose my Uk Residence Card if I work in Switzerland and pay taxes there but still keep my London address and return to UK every weekend?

2- My contract is with a Swiss company, so I am not being placed abroad by a UK based company, so the Swiss company told me that I am going to be fully taxable in Switzerland, but what about the UK taxes? I still need to pay UK taxes since I am going to keep my address in London and transfer certain amount of my money from my new swiss bank accout to mine in Uk?

3- How does this 181 days return policy works for the UK taxes (this might be related with question No.2)

4- I am a bit anxious about the whole moving, but then again, I will be commuting from Basel to London on a weekend basis since my partner will remain in London, the only thing that concerns me the most is not to lose my Uk Residence Card.

Thank you very much in advance for your help!
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Cris
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Old 19.05.2011, 17:29
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

Is your UK residence / work permit sponsored by your current employer?
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Old 19.05.2011, 17:41
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

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Is your UK residence / work permit sponsored by your current employer?
Sounds like the UK EEA Family Permit for family members of an EU citizen.

The OP will lose it as it's only valid when accompanied by the EU citizen. The EU rights granted to the non-EU family member are derived solely from the EU Citizen.
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

Hi there, many thanks for the responses, I have a residence card, I had the EEA Family permit, though now I am on a valid residence card for 5 years. I will be working in Switzerland during weekdays but commuting on the weekends to London where my permanent address is, and I currently live there with my partner. Our relationship status hasnt changed, so I was worried to lose my RC if I commute from Switzerland and spend more time there than in UK even though my permanent add will still be based in UK
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Old 23.05.2011, 16:14
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

I don't think you'd lose your UK residence card. You might want to ask on this forum: http://talk.uk-yankee.com/ as they have some experts on UK immigration posting.
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

thanks very much! I am looking forward to start my new job in Basel, though I am bit anxious or nervous to be honest!
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Re: UK Residence Card and Swiss Visa

Are you married or in a sex-same relationship? The rights of extended family members (ie unmarried hetro couples) are different from family members.

In any case I think you will lose the EEA rights derived from your EEA partner (ie person exercising a treaty right) since you are not resident in the UK in accordance with treaty rights inherited from the EEA national. Assuming you will be on a Swiss Work Permit, I feel fairly sure that UK passport control will cancel the EEA residence card when you re-enter the UK.

I hope not, hope I'm wrong so really, see an immigration lawyer in UK and not one of the free ones.
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