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Old 01.06.2011, 22:23
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Non-EU student living on German side of CH-DE border

Hi

I am a non-EU student who will begin an exchange semester ETH, Zürich from this Oktober. Because of visa and residence permit woes+less funding, I have decided to live on the German side of the CH-DE border in Grenzach-Wyhlen (Lörrach near Basel). I have residence permit for Germany...

I wish to know if there will be any hassles if I commute everyday from Basel to Zurich with respect to border controls... Also, I have read somewhere that people working on the border have to pay a special kind of tax (border tax?) and if there are commuting, some commuter tax...I want to know if anything of this sort is applicable to me.

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Re: Non-EU student living on German side of CH-DE border

I've been checked only once out of 10 times in the Basel-Zurich commute. It was on the way to Basel, on a train continuing to Hamburg. They asked for my Swiss residence permit, which I didn't have with me. I did have my driver's license and ETH identification though, which apparently is enough for their purposes.
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Re: Non-EU student living on German side of CH-DE border

hmmm...but have you lived in the border areas anytime?

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Re: Non-EU student living on German side of CH-DE border

You say you have visa and permit "woes". Do you need a permit to enter Switzerland even as a tourist?
If so how can you cross daily without one? They will want to know what you are doing, don't imagine you can really leave this to luck.
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Re: Non-EU student living on German side of CH-DE border

Well, 'woes' wasnt the right word I agree

Anyway, I do not want to apply now for swiss visa+permit and live in Zurich, as for me things are a little uncertain at the moment. Plus Zurich is very costly and I have a got a cheap accommodation on the border...including the commutation costs, it works out cheaper..

Legally with my German residence permit, I am allowed to enter Switzerland multiple times but I am sure if it can be for attending lectures in univ...
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