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Old 11.06.2011, 06:48
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Family Regroupment Visa

I did a search here and didn't see any threads or links that answered my questions about this...also searched the embassy site and things aren't quite clear there either. Thought I'd take a shot here before actually taking the 3.5 hour drive into Washington DC () to ask them.

As some may have seen in my intro thread, I am doing research to see what I need to do--if it is possible--for me to move to Switzerland from the USA. I have family in Switzerland, but they are distant relatives...my grandfather's cousin, her sons and one of her son's children in particular. My great grandfather is no longer living.

What I'm wondering, if anyone may know, is if these relatives are too distant from me to be eligible to apply for a Family Regroupment Visa? One of my relatives, the youngest that I met, shares my last name I believe (not sure if this is correct yet)...not sure if that helps at all.

If I am eligible, and if I were married, would my husband then be able to gain a type D visa with me (I noticed on the D Visa form it asks how many entries are requested), so that we would be able to move there together or would he have to get a different visa on his own?

Last question, will it be easier for me to obtain a job if I have a type D Visa than just trying to find a job that can sponsor me for a work visa?

I think I'm starting in the right place here...and I appreciate any help anyone can provide.
I apologize in advance if there was any info on the forums already that I may have missed!
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Old 11.06.2011, 08:25
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I did a search here and didn't see any threads or links that answered my questions about this...also searched the embassy site and things aren't quite clear there either. Thought I'd take a shot here before actually taking the 3.5 hour drive into Washington DC () to ask them.
I recommend you call first: (202) 745-7900

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...sa/wasemb.html
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Old 11.06.2011, 09:31
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

Rights to Family regroupment are primarily designed for immediate family members who financially dependent.

As a general rule, if your relatives in Switzerland are EU nationals, they have a right under Family reunification to bring in only children under the age of 21 and/or parents who are dependent on them in terms of financial support.

If your relatives are Non EU citizens with a C permit they have similar rights, but if they only have a B permit, they have no rights to family regrouping and applications they make are considered on a case by case basis and approvals are totally discretionary.

On the face of it, I would say you aren't eligible in terms of having any rights to family regroupment. Of course the Immigration authorities have discretion to award family regroupment outside of these parameters in special and exceptional hardship cases. There's no harm in asking, but from what you've told us, I think that would be a long shot in your case.

I think your best bet would be applying for entry under your own steam.

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Old 11.06.2011, 12:49
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Short answer is no.
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Old 11.06.2011, 18:35
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

A D visa is only an entry visa it's not a resident permit. There is no basis for you to get a resident permit and your family if too distant to sponsor you for "regroupment".

Unless you are independently wealthy, the only really hope is get a company to hire you and sponsor your permit. That's easy to write, not so easy to do. But I won't say impossible, especially if you or your husband work in banking, IT, pharmaceuticals.

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Old 11.06.2011, 18:47
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

Heh. Just no, huh? To everything?

I will contact the embassy to ask them also, but I just wanted to see if anyone here had any info or if anyone else has had this kind of experience
before having to contact the "officials."

Thanks, Nev & miniMia, for your helpful responses. The family I have there are Swiss nationals, born and raised there. I figured it might be a stretch to use them for a Family Regroupment, but thought it might not hurt to ask.

miniMia, that was my next question, thank you! I was wondering even if I were able to get a D visa, if I was going to be able to get a resident permit. Well, I guess I better get my resume out there then...it just seems so discouraging since they have to hire Swiss/EU Laborers before accepting any other out of country applicants. But I guess I will only find out if I try!
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Old 11.06.2011, 20:42
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Thanks, Nev & miniMia, for your helpful responses. The family I have there are Swiss nationals, born and raised there. I figured it might be a stretch to use them for a Family Regroupment, but thought it might not hurt to ask.
Family regroupment is husband/wife, children, parents at the most. Even brothers & sister become more difficult. Cousins & great-aunts are not close enough.

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miniMia, that was my next question, thank you! I was wondering even if I were able to get a D visa, if I was going to be able to get a resident permit. Well, I guess I better get my resume out there then...it just seems so discouraging since they have to hire Swiss/EU Laborers before accepting any other out of country applicants. But I guess I will only find out if I try!
Yes. You have to get the resume out there. What kind of work do you and your husband do?
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Old 11.06.2011, 21:21
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

The threads of the member "Americangotworkvisa" might be interesting for you. I think he posted his experiences with finding a company that sponsored his B permit.
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Family regroupment is husband/wife, children, parents at the most. Even brothers & sister become more difficult. Cousins & great-aunts are not close enough.

Yes. You have to get the resume out there. What kind of work do you and your husband do?
I'm actually not married currently, but was wondering if it would make things easier for us both to move to Switzerland if we were married lol.

I have a degree in Web Development but do Graphic Design as well (what I prefer to do). My boyfriend Scott has a degree in Network Security and a Security + Certification.

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The threads of the member "Americangotworkvisa" might be interesting for you. I think he posted his experiences with finding a company that sponsored his B permit.
Great! I will search for those. Thank you!!
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I'm actually not married currently, but was wondering if it would make things easier for us both to move to Switzerland if we were married lol.

I have a degree in Web Development but do Graphic Design as well (what I prefer to do). My boyfriend Scott has a degree in Network Security and a Security + Certification.
It won't give you a better change. You won't tick extra boxes for being married, if that's what you are asking. Once one of you has a job offer then the other one used the regroupment visa to bring their spouse with them. Some cantons allow long term different partners. Some make it more difficult (so it seems) if the long term partners are not same sex partners.

I would guess your BF has a better chance of finding a job than you do.
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

I meant if it would be easier for us to come over together if we were married, or if it would be easier for one or the other to come over once one of us gets a job there, like you were saying. Interesting about the long term partners though, another thing to look into.

And yeah, I figured he would be able to find a job easier than I will lol. Though my relative over there said there are a lot of Graphic Design jobs out there, mostly in Zurich but some in Bern. Thats what he used to do before he retired.

Thanks for all of your help!
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

I think your answer is the best, could you please explain what you do and how do you know so much on the subject, I have just found a contract with a company and also would like to go through the process of regroupment of family, my girlfriend has a permit C and we just had a baby, so I will try to start with a Judge du Paix, is this correct
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Old 13.06.2011, 21:39
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Re: Family Regroupment Visa

Married or not won't help until one of you gets a job. When one gets a job it's much better to be married.

Not sure where your family is looking but there are not enough graphic design jobs for the number of graphic designers out there. Of course as a graphic designer the benefit is you can find work from where ever.
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