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B Permit for Brit married to a Swiss.

I have searched but can't find the answer to my question so I'm sorry if it has been sued before...
I am from England and have been married to my Swiss Husband for just over 6 years. We have always lived outside Switzerland and are currently living in the USA. I could have applied for Swiss citizenship early this year but as I don't speak any German and because we were uncertain about when we would move to CH....decided it was too much effort.... Is there really any advantage to getting the Swiss Passport. Apart from simply having 2 passports. I don't intend to work and if I do I understand from reading other threads I can do this on a B Permit anyway. Any thoughts??

So we are now planning to move to Switzerland next year. We have a home here (well he has a home here I just spend a lot of time here ) and are planning to start building a house next year too.

I understand through another threads that I need to apply for a B Permit. Do I have to do this before I move here or can I do it whilst in Switzerland ? Will I need to give up my passport during the process ? and if so how long will it take. I plan to study German in Germany during the first 4 month Monday - Friday so will need the passport....

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Maybe there will be something in the Official Site ch.ch .
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...and another tip: many of us who have lived here for a while find that the 'natives', whether we are married to them or not, don't know half the things which we 'aliens' need to find out. Not only that, they don't know where the information is hidden either.

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Re: B Permit for Brit married to a Swiss.

Oh dear - touché (e)! Like the ones who left when they were teenagers and spent all their adult life abroad until coming back recently - lol.
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Despite her 'years in exile' Odile is one of the 'true daughters of Tell' who helps out with questions and advice on here!
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Re: B Permit for Brit married to a Swiss.

Wait. Where are you living? In your last thread didn't you say you were living in CH???

If you are living in the US you don't need a permit & you won't be getting on before you arrive. If you are living here then you go register at the commune and they will issue you a resident permit. Either way, if you are staying in CH more than 90 days you need to go talk to the commune.
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Wait. Where are you living? In your last thread didn't you say you were living in CH???

If you are living in the US you don't need a permit & you won't be getting on before you arrive. If you are living here then you go register at the commune and they will issue you a resident permit. Either way, if you are staying in CH more than 90 days you need to go talk to the commune.
currently in CH, on hols.... but living for now in the US moving to CH next year...however am British , married to a Swiss for 6 years.....
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Re: B Permit for Brit married to a Swiss.

Jobs on B permit are limited. There certainly are jobs that are only available either to Swiss passport holders or C Permits, I haven't figured out why, but if you check out job ads, you will see most of them asking for at least C permit. Might be just the area, though. I heard it is due taxes or whatever other papers your employer has to get for you, but unsure. Get the passport, you will be able to vote, unlimited job market access (or, not as restricted,e tc.). Easier integration. Or, at least, start working on your lingo. Just my 2c.
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...and another tip: many of us who have lived here for a while find that the 'natives', whether we are married to them or not, don't know half the things which we 'aliens' need to find out. Not only that, they don't know where the information is hidden either.

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too true. My husband said. " you just move here....thats all.... We are married what can they say" ? I'm suggesting we find out before I get my passport removed and he thinks it funny because I might get a free flight to London..... all the family are like - hey don't worry till you get here..... I'm seeing my photo on the local newspaper....... maybe I'm over-reacting... ??
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too true. My husband said. " you just move here....thats all.... "
I have heard that one before. No, you are not overreacting. Good to have your papers together, and all the possible work possibilities lined up, to be as independent as you can. Then you can only focus on your transition and not worry about what everything you could have done to have your paperwork and job search easier. Shoot for the best work permit possible, and that would be CH passport. If somebody is telling you B Permit is as good as C permit or the little red book, in terms of how competitive you will be on the job market, it is simply not true in most of the job options I have seen so far. Your German will quickly catch up, it is an Anglosaxon language, anyways, but your paperwork might take a while to fix if you start on the lower level. Good luck, search the archives here, we have awesome permit specialists and great threads here on how to get ready for job in CH. And if you need to, just ask away.
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If you're married to a Swiss citizen, you'll get a B permit, rendered yearly. It's quite easy really. Just check with your closest Swiss consulate to get started (in the US). As for jobs, mention on your CV/resume that you are married to a Swiss citizen and moving there. Most companies won't even bother to ask about permits, etc once they see that. It never came up in my interviews, since maybe the company isn't even involved.

At least that was my experience. You're in a good situation so I wouldn't worry much.

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Sorry, I reread your original post again. A few things, you won't lose your US passport and as for Swiss citizenship, that's up to you. If you want to integrate better and plan to stay here a long time, you might want it, otherwise not. In your case, I'd say your own personal feelings matter the most, because it won't really change your work eligibility status. I doubt a company would care if you are a spouse of a Swiss citizen, or a Swiss citizen, and if they did, it's probably for language or integration reasons, and having the passport doesn't change that.

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My husband said. " you just move here....thats all.... We are married what can they say" ? I'm suggesting we find out before I get my passport removed and he thinks it funny because I might get a free flight to London..... all the family are like - hey don't worry till you get here..... I'm seeing my photo on the local newspaper....... maybe I'm over-reacting... ??
It's all too logical really. We all see things primarily from our own point of view (I don't mean 'opinion' here, just literally from our own 'physical' angle). Many Swiss haven't the faintest idea what it is like to be an 'alien' here, in the same way a Brit has often little idea what it is like for an alien in England. I'd say the more you can find out (a lot of Threads from members on here tell colourful stories of pitfalls for the unwary) the better prepared you are for whatever Swiss Life can throw at you afterwards. It's the questions you didn't think of asking which throw you off balance. At the moment you are a 'visitor' here 'on holiday' and you may find yourself treated slightly differently when you, too, are expected to conform to all the rules your husband and his family conform to because 'it's always been like that here'.

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currently in CH, on hols.... but living for now in the US moving to CH next year...however am British , married to a Swiss for 6 years.....
As a fellow British national also married to a Swiss I can tell you that you just need to arrive in Switzerland then register yourself at the local government office (Gemeinde in German, Commune in French) as soon as you can. You will get a permit for residency and you shouldn't have any problems with working.

My B permit lasted for 5 years at a time then I moved onto a C Permit. Employers aren't bothered whether it's a B or C permit (or they haven't been in my experience and, asking my HR colleague, it's not an issue, especially as you are married to a Swiss).
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