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Old 28.06.2011, 16:29
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Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

I was hoping that someone may have experience with this. My wife and I are contracted to work starting august 1st. The Swiss government, however, processed our work permits incorrectly and it now shows that I am the only one who is working. We tried to fix the problem and now they are saying that in order for my wife and daughter to enter the country, they have to obtain a travel permit from a consulate here in the US. I cannot find any information on the consulate site regarding a travel permit and no one in the New York consulate answers the phone. We are due to leave in a week and we live a days drive from new york so I would hate to go there for no reason. Any help would be so helpful.
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Old 28.06.2011, 17:04
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

If you are US citizens then you all need approval for residency and to collect entry permits from a swiss consulate general outside of Switzerland.

It's normal for one person to obtain the work permit, and the other family members will be issued 'dependent' permits. Your employer should have submitted the request for all members of the family.

If you are employed by the same employer then they should already have submitted and obtained permission to employ both of you. If your wife has a separate employer then they could have simultaneously applied, or else waited until your work permission is approved and then put in the additional permission for her to work (a 'dependent spouse' permit can be without or with permission to work).

Hope that helps...

The procedure is usually like this:

person 1 applies for job, is offered job, signs contract
employer applies for work permit for person 1, listing any dependent family members.
authorities approve work permit and notify consulate general in your home country and transmit the information
consulate general contacts you to confirm that the permission has been received.
All family members go to consulate general with passports, forms, relevant documents and money and are issued with a visa (which is a golden sticker in the passport) - the visa is 'permission to enter for work/residency purposes. This gives a 'window' of when you may enter.

You arrive within the window, register at the Gemeinde within 8 days of arrival, and are given more forms to fill out. You fill these forms, pay more money and are issued temporary residency permits. In 2-3 months you receive your 'official' permit which is an ID card. On this card it will state your work permission, length of validity (usually 1 year, renewable) and personal data.

For your wife, her employer can apply for permission before or after you arrive. It's not really a complicated process. Either she is already allowed to work, or the employer needs to get special permission. My experience is that the special permission was not that hard to get...
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Old 28.06.2011, 17:24
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

We are both working for the same school, but the Swiss government processed the paperwork incorrectly. Now they are telling us we need travel documents from a US consulate in order for them to correct the mistake.
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Old 28.06.2011, 17:36
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

Are you both US citizens ? If so, you need entry visas...even if you both have work permits, you still need entry visas if you are non-EU.
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Old 28.06.2011, 17:38
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

The web information is here:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...ontentPar_0014

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Work Visa for US-citizens and other nationals for which an authorization has been given directly in Switzerland
If your employer has applied for your work permit in Switzerland and it has been granted, you still must apply for a visa to enter Switzerland with the competent Swiss representation abroad.
To apply for the visa, you must submit the following documents to the competent Swiss representation:
  1. One national (type D) visa application form, fully completed and signed by the applicant. For stays up to 3 months or authorisations for a 120 day visa, the regular Schengen visa application form should be used. Applications which are not duly completed, dated and signed will not be accepted. Please also indicate your e-mail address and a contact phone number in case additional information is required.
  2. Two passport photos per applicant (very strict requirements, please consult the details on the webpage)
  3. Applicant’s valid original passport, plus a copy
  4. Visa fee (only money order or cash)
  5. If applying by mail: one prepaid, self-addressed, return envelope with a tracking number
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

According to the web page linked on my previous post, it says that it takes 1 week to complete the process for the entry permit, if work permission has already been given in Switzerland.
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Re: Help! Swiss are requiring a Travel Permit for my family

Also, according to the website, if you are resident in Florida, you should be dealing with the visa office in Atlanta.... Read through the link, I'm sure you will find everything you are looking for...
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Oh, and one final advice....make sure everyone is travelling on passports with more than 6 months validity...and has at least two spare unstamped pages...otherwise you'll need new passports...
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Thanks......we will try to manage.
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I was hoping that someone may have experience with this. My wife and I are contracted to work starting august 1st. The Swiss government, however, processed our work permits incorrectly and it now shows that I am the only one who is working. We tried to fix the problem and now they are saying that in order for my wife and daughter to enter the country, they have to obtain a travel permit from a consulate here in the US. I cannot find any information on the consulate site regarding a travel permit and no one in the New York consulate answers the phone. We are due to leave in a week and we live a days drive from new york so I would hate to go there for no reason. Any help would be so helpful.
What exactly is incorrect? Even if currently you are the only one who is working, you wife will have permission to work as your dependent if you are on a B permit. So you can fix that when you arrive. But you should all have a D entry visa in your passport even if the work permit is wrong. Is that not the case?
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Old 29.06.2011, 06:30
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We are both working for the same school, but the Swiss government processed the paperwork incorrectly. Now they are telling us we need travel documents from a US consulate in order for them to correct the mistake.
Highly unlikely. More feasible is that the wrong paperwork was submitted. However, it makes no difference to the visa requirement. Everyone, including you, needs one.
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