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Old 09.08.2011, 12:11
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I looked through the threads and I can't find any info for a friend of mine (also can't find an "official" website about this ) . Thanks so much in advance for any advice you have.

My friend is a non-EU, visa waiver country (US) citizen and she is coming to Switzerland as the trailing spouse of a German husband (so, EU) who has the C permit. Her husband has already been here working for 6 months now. Can she come in with the visa waiver and then apply at the Commune for the dependent residence/work permit? Or does she have to set up everything back in the USA before she comes?

Please help me help her so I can have at least one non-virtual friend in la Suisse.
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Old 09.08.2011, 12:16
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The correct way is to apply for the entry visa in the US and then for the residence permit at the local town hall once arrived.
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Old 09.08.2011, 12:19
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The correct way is to apply for the entry visa in the US and then for the residence permit at the local town hall once arrived.
Do you know which entry visa she should apply for? I looked on the Swiss embassy website--confusing

There seem to be two options:
Family regroupment
Work visa

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Do you know which entry visa she should apply for? I looked on the Swiss embassy website--confusing

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and she is coming to Switzerland as the trailing spouse of a German husband
Hmmm.... what do YOU think?
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Old 09.08.2011, 13:48
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Hmmm.... what do YOU think?
While it is true that the "family regroupment" option looks like the correct option here, the lack of scenario-based descriptions leaves a bit of doubt. No reason to put on your smarty-pants, Mr.
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Old 09.08.2011, 13:58
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I wouldn't tease Shorrick so fast, bow, he is the in house expert

I think she will get a B permit, through family regroupment. Why would she get a C work permit when she has no job yet?

What I don't understand is how come her German/EU hubby has a C permit only after 6mo here.
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I looked through the threads and I can't find any info for a friend of mine (also can't find an "official" website about this ) . Thanks so much in advance for any advice you have.

My friend is a non-EU, visa waiver country (US) citizen and she is coming to Switzerland as the trailing spouse of a German husband (so, EU) who has the C permit. Her husband has already been here working for 6 months now. Can she come in with the visa waiver and then apply at the Commune for the dependent residence/work permit? Or does she have to set up everything back in the USA before she comes?

Please help me help her so I can have at least one non-virtual friend in la Suisse.
I have an American passport and I came in 2005 as the trailing spouse of the French (EU) citizen. I did not apply for a visa, I just showed up at the commune with my marriage certificate and money and got my family regroupment B permit. While the divorce legislation for foreigners has changed in the meantime , I don't think the entry requirements have.
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I wouldn't tease Shorrick so fast, bow, he is the in house expert

I think she will get a B permit, through family regroupment. Why would she get a C work permit when she has no job yet?

What I don't understand is how come her German/EU hubby has a C permit only after 6mo here.
He is a federal employee. If you are hired by the federal government you get the C permit automatically, and your spouse also has the right to the C permit.
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He is a federal employee. If you are hired by the federal government you get the C permit automatically, and your spouse also has the right to the C permit.
I was wondering if it is some gov linked position.

I am not an expert but haven't heard of spouses without being direct employees being given straight C permits/working visas. Entry visa and then permit. It used to be that the entry visa had to be fetched at the CH consulate in the US, so she might have to go and get it before exchanging it for permit here.

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I have an American passport and I came in 2005 as the trailing spouse of the French (EU) citizen. I did not apply for a visa, I just showed up at the commune with my marriage certificate and money and got my family regroupment B permit. While the divorce legislation for foreigners has changed in the meantime , I don't think the entry requirements have.
She does need to come for a few weeks soon, so maybe it's worth trying. It's better than waiting the 10 weeks for the entry permit. I wonder if there are any potential negative consequences to this. I also wonder where the rules are written for this sort of thing? (For applying for the regroupment permit). I keep looking online and can't figure it out.

EDIT: I found this, but it doesn't specify how the trailing spouse must enter the country:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...ir/mandi3.html

NicoleCZ, how long did it take you to get your permit after applying?

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While it is true that the "family regroupment" option looks like the correct option here, the lack of scenario-based descriptions leaves a bit of doubt. No reason to put on your smarty-pants, Mr.
You need a scenario-based description to figure out what "family regroupment" or "work visa" means?
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You need a scenario-based description to figure out what "family regroupment" or "work visa" means?
I understand what they mean. In the case of my friend, she is coming to Switzerland to apply for her C-permit, which will entitle her to work. But this benefit is the result of her husband having a federal job and already having the C permit. So, regroupment seemed like the right one, but I was asking for a clarification. Hardly the case for a smarty pants reply--that's my point.

The unverified question at this point remains whether or not she requires the special visa in the first place, since she may legally enter for 90 days with her U.S. passport. On the Swiss consulate website, it says that dependants may apply for the regroupment visa, but not that they are required to. And when you go to the page, "Who needs a visa" ( http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...ontentPar_0011 ) it says that people who are coming to work need a visa, but nothing about the whole regroupment deal. This combined with anecdotal reports that others have simply gone to the commune with the marriage certificate and the husband's C permit leaves me wondering.
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