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Settling in Switzerland

Hi there.

My girlfriend and I were living in the UK until 11th July this year. My girlfriend is Swiss and after a year and a half of struggling in the UK we decided that it was futile and that we should try living in Switzerland instead.

My gf was able to get a job immediately with her old company, I have had an interview that was unsuccessful but I am still applying for jobs and slowly learning Swiss German.

I got a letter yesterday saying that I need to take 66 CHF and a passport photo to collect my L permit. This has confused us because we were under the impression that i would get a B permit because my gf is Swiss, we have been together for 3 years and we are looking to settle in the country.

So now I am worried. There's no guarantee that I'll be able to find a job before the L permit expires, and I can't find a solid answer on exactly how long I can stay in Switzerland on an EU passport.

I've looked through a great number of threads here and became very confused about the seemingly conflicting/out of date information/information that doesn't apply to me.

Any advice?
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Old 24.08.2011, 15:23
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

You can stay for 3 months as a tourist.
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

Sigh. This is contrary to what we were told before moving.

So I get the 3 months as a tourist, and then 3 months under the L permit to look for a job - and then what? I have to leave the country?

The fact that my gf is Swiss and we're living with her family don't come into it at all?
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

I think she can agree to support you, you become dependent on her financially but can stay, unless you are married I don't think it matters that she is Swiss.
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

Sorry, OP, but I totally mis-read your forum name
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I think she can agree to support you, you become dependent on her financially but can stay, unless you are married I don't think it matters that she is Swiss.
If we can arrange that, can I then go about getting a B permit, or does it become necessary then?
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Old 24.08.2011, 15:45
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

Reagrdless of your girlfriend being Swiss, you only get a B permit if you

1. have an employment contract or
2. register as self employed or
3. marry the girl

Otherwise you get an L permit. Probably this will be a 3 month job seeker extendable for 3 months so 6 motnhs total. But it may be for longer - stranger things have happened.

Why not just pop down to the gemeinde with your 66 chuffs and a couple of photos and see?
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So I get the 3 months as a tourist, and then 3 months under the L permit to look for a job - and then what? I have to leave the country?
See attached: Section "Stellensuchende"
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/dam/data/migration/schweiz_-_eu/personenfreizuegigkeit/factsheets/fs-nichterwerbstaetige-d.pdf

If you don't have a job after 6 months (3 months tourist + 3 months L permit), then you can apply for an extension of the L permit for a further 9 months (taking it to 1 year total), if you can prove that you are genuinely looking for a job and have a realistic chance of finding one.
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Reagrdless of your girlfriend being Swiss, you only get a B permit if you

1. have an employment contract or
2. register as self employed or
3. marry the girl

Otherwise you get an L permit. Probably this will be a 3 month job seeker extendable for 3 months so 6 motnhs total. But it may be for longer - stranger things have happened.

Why not just pop down to the gemeinde with your 66 chuffs and a couple of photos and see?
Yep, we're going to do that the next time she has an off day.

Disregard what it said here, I posted at the same time as Foxinthesnow.

So if I don't get a job by the time the L permit has expired, how long would I have to leave the country for?

This is so different to what the migration office told us before we moved :/

Hopefully I get a job soon and everything will be fine
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This is so different to what the migration office told us before we moved :/
Things are moving all the time in the implementation of bilaterals between the EU and Switzerland - often, the local migration offices are not up to date. Sometimes you have to quote their own material at them - take along the doc linked by Foxy just in case .
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Re: Settling in Switzerland

I think you can also get a B Permit if you are a student. My husband got his B Permit that way, and then I got it through Family Regroupment. However, when I was looking into intensive language classes, sometimes that was enough for a B Permit as well, and since you are hoping to stay, it might be a good option to explore anyway...

Good luck. Don't get discouraged by the red tape.
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However, when I was looking into intensive language classes, sometimes that was enough for a B Permit as well, and since you are hoping to stay, it might be a good option to explore anyway...
That is not the case - a student permit is only available for recognised courses in higher education.
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