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Old 10.08.2011, 23:03
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Re: Minimizing bureaucracy: To marry in USA or CH?

Thank you for admiring my "balls." I love this forum and already the people on it have helped me so much about my move and job search in CH, but sometimes its hard to weave through the "Well I heards, my friend did this... I think its like that...". Your response is much appreciated

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I love your balls for posting this little bit of the message so early in your EF career, your optimism for thinking it will work, and your patience when it didn't.....

To be fair - it seemed to prevent one of the regulars posting about which Sunday paper he liked, so it must have done some good

I don't have exactly the same experience - but was married in Switzerland recently and neither of us are Swiss and my wife is not an EU citizen. The process was neither difficult, expensive or time consuming - the officials were helpful and friendly and we had no difficulties at all. But honestly - both are developed countries, one of you will be "native" in the country in which you will get married so it probably won't make a huge difference either way - probably choose depending on where the party will be better!

The only point I would make if that if you are already together in the US, then it may be easier there - you will avoid the potential "marrying to get a permit" page of the rulebook here. My wife was here under her own permit before we got married, but we still had to do a little bit of proof that it wasn't a "marriage of convenience" - nothing too intrusive, but another tiny hurdle.

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Congrats on your upcoming nuptials!

While I am not in a US-CH couple, I have a US passport, was married in France (on a tourist visa) and came to Switzerland (again on a tourist visa) two days later. I showed up at the gemeinde with my livret de famille, gave them money and had my residence permit in 72 hours.

You are an American, so you don’t need a fiancé visa to come to Switzerland.
You got your paperwork easily done as you entered from another Schengen state (France), not because your an American. Note the difference!

And you need this visa, it's called braid visa, most likey the term "fiancé visa" will paint a lovely question mark in the face of the embassy officer...
Only members of Schengen don't need this visa, the rest of the world has to in line to get one.

In the past, there where differences by Kanton. i.e. Zürich no problem, Luzern no problem, Bern a no-go, Zug a no-go to name a few.
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Re: Minimizing bureaucracy: To marry in USA or CH?

I was in that situation and it's not a big deal. Switzerland requires a civil marriage for it to be legal, so either doing that in the states or in CH doesn't matter. Just show the officials your marriage certificate.
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