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Old 25.06.2011, 19:54
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Bonjour!!!! Hello from Miami!!

Hello Everyone,

I am a newbie in this forum (found it thru google)....I was reading some of the responses on other threads and you all seem to know your stuff! I will be going to Switzerland on December 15..I am planning on staying for 90 days (allowed without visa)...My best friend lives in Lausanne for 6 years now...she is now staying with me here in sunny Miami! lol...We have been really discussing the fact that I would like to go there for a long term vacation..this is the reason why I am planning on staying that long.......I also, want to take that opportunity to study french (I speak almost perfect french)....My question is....How would I be able to stay in Switzerland permanently?....I will be living with my friend, and my parents are willing to help me financially until I get a job, etc.....Tell me what do I need to do?...what can I possible do?...Is it even feasible what my plans are? All the help, information you are all willing to provide...will BE GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!

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Old 25.06.2011, 21:09
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Re: Bonjour!!!! Hello from Miami!!

Hi and welcome to the forum!

Luis, you may need to marry your friend in order to be able to stay here permanently. I guess your other option would be to get a work or student visa. So whichever option is more viable.

I wish you the very best of luck... and hope you enjoy your time here!
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Old 25.06.2011, 21:26
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

Luis, you may need to marry your friend in order to be able to stay here permanently. I guess your other option would be to get a work or student visa. So whichever option is more viable.

I wish you the very best of luck... and hope you enjoy your time here!

Thanks so much Carrie! Would I abe able to apply to the student visa or work visa once I get there??? Are they hard to get?

Luis
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Re: Bonjour!!!! Hello from Miami!!

You're very welcome.

I just wish I could be of more help. I really don't know much (or anything really) about obtaining work or student visas here. (I am here only because I met and then married a Swiss guy). But I have heard that work visas can be difficult to obtain, though that may depend on what your field of work/expertise is.

As for student visas... I'm not sure what your educational background is, but I do know that some universities here offer graduate programs in English. But I think you had mentioned that you speak French quite well, so if you will be staying in the French part of Switzerland, then perhaps the language barrier wouldn't be an issue.

Feel free to private message me if you think I might be of any help or you need advice from a fellow American, etc.
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You're very welcome.

I just wish I could be of more help. I really don't know much (or anything really) about obtaining work or student visas here. (I am here only because I met and then married a Swiss guy). But I have heard that work visas can be difficult to obtain, though that may depend on what your field of work/expertise is.

As for student visas... I'm not sure what your educational background is, but I do know that some universities here offer graduate programs in English. But I think you had mentioned that you speak French quite well, so if you will be staying in the French part of Switzerland, then perhaps the language barrier wouldn't be an issue.

Feel free to private message me if you think I might be of any help or you need advice from a fellow American, etc.

Wil do! Thanks again!!
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Re: Bonjour!!!! Hello from Miami!!

As far as I'm aware, you would need to leave the country again before being able to apply for a work or student visa after the expiration of your tourist visa if you decide to stay.

Also you would need to have found a job before being able to apply for a work permit (since you are non eu your future employer would apply for the permit and the employer would need to show that no swiss or eu citizen's are available to fill the role to actually obtain it).

Most masters courses are in english, under graduate courses are generally in french/german/italian depending on where you are. Entry requirements are available on the university websites and I found the admin staff very helpful.

Not 100% sure of all this but I'm sure someone else will correct me if i'm wrong.

Best of luck.
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As far as I'm aware, you would need to leave the country again before being able to apply for a work or student visa after the expiration of your tourist visa if you decide to stay.

Also you would need to have found a job before being able to apply for a work permit (since you are non eu your future employer would apply for the permit and the employer would need to show that no swiss or eu citizen's are available to fill the role to actually obtain it).

Most masters courses are in english, under graduate courses are generally in french/german/italian depending on where you are. Entry requirements are available on the university websites and I found the admin staff very helpful.

Not 100% sure of all this but I'm sure someone else will correct me if i'm wrong.

Best of luck.

Thanks so much for the info! I will do more research about this! I know there is a language school in Fribourg....I went there in 2006 (when my friend was studying french)......I just cannot wait to go on vacation!!!
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Re: Bonjour!!!! Hello from Miami!!

If you are talking about the CIUS/VKHS school then I'm afraid you are out of luck as it has lost it's state funding so is closing at the end of the summer (I believe). It's a great pity as it was a very good school, learn't most of my french there.
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How would I be able to stay in Switzerland permanently?....I will be living with my friend, and my parents are willing to help me financially until I get a job, etc.....Tell me what do I need to do?...what can I possible do?
In general, it works very similar as vice versa (someone with a Swiss passport wanting to obtain status of LPR in the U.S.).

Options that I've heard of are:
- Through a job offer (must be a specialized position where the employer can prove that they cannot find anyone in the local job market, but have to have you)
- Through family (marriage, parents)
- If you have an income of over CHF 100k/yr from outside of Switzerland that will allow you to live here and not become a burden

Of course there are also permits that will allow you to stay temporarily:
- Student visa (you will simply need to get accepted into a college here and show that you can pay tuition and living cost, etc.)
- Visa as an intern - this may be interesting to you, depending on your professional experience, etc. - however, it's limited to 18 months.
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In general, it works very similar as vice versa (someone with a Swiss passport wanting to obtain status of LPR in the U.S.).

Options that I've heard of are:
- Through a job offer (must be a specialized position where the employer can prove that they cannot find anyone in the local job market, but have to have you)
- Through family (marriage, parents)
- If you have an income of over CHF 100k/yr from outside of Switzerland that will allow you to live here and not become a burden

Of course there are also permits that will allow you to stay temporarily:
- Student visa (you will simply need to get accepted into a college here and show that you can pay tuition and living cost, etc.)
- Visa as an intern - this may be interesting to you, depending on your professional experience, etc. - however, it's limited to 18 months.
Thank you so much for this info!!! I would look into "Visa as an Intern", Most people suggested to marry someone..but I think is a very drastic measure...lol.....but who knows? I will be there for three months maybe I find my other half there!
Thanks again!
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If you are talking about the CIUS/VKHS school then I'm afraid you are out of luck as it has lost it's state funding so is closing at the end of the summer (I believe). It's a great pity as it was a very good school, learn't most of my french there.
Yes, this was the school!!! I cannot believe it is closing......This is where my friend was planning on taking me after I get there on Dec!
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