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Approved B permit, visit needed, not move yet

I'm sure someone must have gone thru this and the embassy person on the phone here is not behaving nicely. We're US citizens. My wife has an offer for a 12 month position in Zurich and we're still working out the final details. We have both gotten a B permit approved, me as her spouse. We must pick it up by mid-September and apparently we must then enter CH within 3 months and would like to wait as long as possible to get it. Since the negotiations are still ongoing we don't expect to actually move there until October. HOWEVER, she needs to make a short business trip there in early August. Neither of us has been in CH this year.
If she goes is this going to cause any problems?
Maybe she needs to get the visa listed below (120 days)?
Does that one allow multiple entries?
As an aside do we need to get a new visa every 120 days once we've moved over?

Thanks in advance!

>>>> copied from www.eda.admin.ch <<<<
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.
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Re: Approved B permit, visit needed, not move yet

As an US citizen, you don't need visa to go to Swiss if stay less than 3 months.
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Old 19.07.2011, 20:19
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As an US citizen, you don't need visa to go to Swiss if stay less than 3 months.
Or even Switzerland?
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this document lists all the visa requirement for foreign nationals going to swiss

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/dam/...ch-staat-e.pdf
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this document lists all the visa requirement for foreign nationals going to swiss

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/dam/...ch-staat-e.pdf
Or even Switzerland?
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OH wow! lol
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Or even Switzerland?
The table is too difficult for you to comprehend?
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The table is too difficult for you to comprehend?
I think what the posters are referring to is that this country is called Switzerland, (in English) not 'Swiss'. The inhabitants are Swiss.

May seem petty, but people generally like to have the name of their country used correctly!
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I think what the posters are referring to is that this country is called Switzerland, (in English) not 'Swiss'. The inhabitants are Swiss.

May seem petty, but people generally like to have the name of their country used correctly!

I am fully aware of that. I was jut too lazy to type in the whole word "Switzerland' and just used "Swiss" for short. Not trying to make enemies here but is there a need for these guys to be nit picking?
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The name is Schweiz but for all of US people it's S W I T Z E R L A N D (it's not just some country :P)
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yeah yeah yeah, ssatrams. Why not use Suisse intead!
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yeah yeah yeah, ssatrams. Why not use Suisse intead!
Or the actual official name to avoid all confusion?

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I am fully aware of that. I was jut too lazy to type in the whole word "Switzerland' and just used "Swiss" for short. Not trying to make enemies here but is there a need for these guys to be nit picking?
If you really want short, CH works really well
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Re: Approved B permit, visit needed, not move yet

Back to the original question. As a US citizen she doesn't need a visa for a short business trip.

What you will get from the consulate general in September is an 'entry permit for residency purposes' - the 'D' permit - it's a sticker that goes in your passport, then you enter within the allocated time window, and register within 8 days of arrival at the local town hall ('Gemeinde') - you will pay a fee, and they will probably make an appointment for you to go to the Migration authority to have photos and fingerprints recorded, and then your photo-card permit will be issued a few weeks later.

I can't guarantee that it will be a 'B' permit - for a 1 year contract I'd assume the authorities will give an L. I'd be surprised if you get a B. The biggest difference between L and B is that on the L, the spouse is not automatically permitted to work, and on the B it's much easier to get a work permission.

I'd hate for anyone to arrive under false impression about their spouse work permission. We did, and although it turned out to be not a problem (I was home with a baby for the first 12 months and after that found an employer that could get me a work permission) - it was a very stressful thing to think that I might not be allowed to legally work for 2 years until they converted the L permit to the B.

My tip is to ask your employer to provide a copy of the permission letter from the migrations authority (when it comes). I'm guessing it's all still in progress ? Or has her work permission already been granted ?
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