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Old 26.05.2011, 09:34
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Residence permit for students in Ticino

Hi there everyone!

My friends and I were wondering what we should do now...

We have been in Switzerland since 6 February 2011, and under the Singapore-Switzerland bilateral agreement, we can enter Switzerland for 90 days without a visa.

However, this has expired for us since 6 May 2011 (we almost got stopped from boarding a flight in Athens) and we are now required to pay for the permit of 142 CHF.

To be frank, we're all quite hard up for $ so we haven't paid as of yet and there have been letters from the bureaucracy, although none of us can understand it as they're completely in Italian.

I'd like to find out if:

1. If we need to make the trip to pay in Bellinzona (which we're planning to do but we don't wanna go on a wild-goose chase)

2. Must we also show proof of insurance? All of us are insured under stable credible programs in Singapore, but we hear that this is unacceptable under the Swiss administration - we MUST obtain the (very costly) Swiss insurance.

Would really appreciate any advice from more experienced posters here! Thanks (:
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Old 26.05.2011, 10:09
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Hi there everyone!

My friends and I were wondering what we should do now...

We have been in Switzerland since 6 February 2011, and under the Singapore-Switzerland bilateral agreement, we can enter Switzerland for 90 days without a visa.

However, this has expired for us since 6 May 2011 (we almost got stopped from boarding a flight in Athens) and we are now required to pay for the permit of 142 CHF.

To be frank, we're all quite hard up for $ so we haven't paid as of yet and there have been letters from the bureaucracy, although none of us can understand it as they're completely in Italian.

I'd like to find out if:

1. If we need to make the trip to pay in Bellinzona (which we're planning to do but we don't wanna go on a wild-goose chase)

2. Must we also show proof of insurance? All of us are insured under stable credible programs in Singapore, but we hear that this is unacceptable under the Swiss administration - we MUST obtain the (very costly) Swiss insurance.

Would really appreciate any advice from more experienced posters here! Thanks (:
At the very least, typing the letter into Google Translate will give you an idea of what it's about.

The 142 CHF is probably the fee for collecting biometric data to encode on your permit. You pay the fee, get your fingerprints and photo taken, then you get your permit in another week or so. At least that's how it worked in my case.

And yes, you need health insurance. The commune will ask you at some point to present evidence that you have insurance. You don't need to do that at the same time as you pay the above fee, however. It's two different bureaucracies.
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And yes, you need health insurance. The commune will ask you at some point to present evidence that you have insurance.
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Better to check out first if there isn't a bilateral agreement Singapore-Switzerland in this matter, too.

You could get information in the health department in Bern or the LAMAL-office in Solothurn/Soleure (phone them).

At ticinese comuni or at cantonal level at Bellinzona they usually don't know anything about it.
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Re: Residence permit for students in Ticino

Furthermore, in case of a non-existing agreement,

regarding to your health insurance fees, you could apply for cantonal help in the local residence commune,

which usually is granted to students that are short on money.
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We have been in Switzerland since 6 February 2011, and under the Singapore-Switzerland bilateral agreement, we can enter Switzerland for 90 days without a visa.
Correction - you may enter Switzerland and stay for up to 90 days for the purposes of tourism. If you are here as students then you need a permit and have needed it since day 1. You should expect a small fine and / or additional administration costs.

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1. If we need to make the trip to pay in Bellinzona (which we're planning to do but we don't wanna go on a wild-goose chase)
It would be wise to go to them ... before they come to you

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2. Must we also show proof of insurance? All of us are insured under stable credible programs in Singapore, but we hear that this is unacceptable under the Swiss administration - we MUST obtain the (very costly) Swiss insurance.
You need Swiss health insurance and have needed it since day 1. It will most likely be backdated to your entry date so you first payment will be a biggy.

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Investigate the rules and costs of a country where you intend studying more carefully before going there. If you can't afford it, go somewhere else.
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Re: Residence permit for students in Ticino

Dear all,

Thanks for your advice! My friends and I will proceed with the payment as we discussed

swissbob: Thanks for the advice but we don't regret choosing Switzerland one bit. It's a lovely country and the people are so friendly. We just didn't expect there to be so many extra fees imposed because we weren't briefed in the talk at our home university
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