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Old 08.09.2011, 17:28
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Maintain B Permit while at University in US?

We are non-EU Citizens (Americans) and have been here since August 2009 on my husband's B Permit through his job. Our daughter, who turned 18 several weeks after we arrived, also got a B permit to come with us, though there were questions at the time about whether she'd be able to get a B permit or would need to get a student visa. In August 2010, all three of our B permits were renewed for 2 years, so they now expire in 2012.

Our daughter did her last year of high school here, but is now 20 and in her second year of university in the US. So far, we have kept her B-permit even though she has only been here a few months in the past year. We are hoping to transition to a C permit in 3 more years and would like her to have the opportunity to live here long term also.

As a result of maintaining her residency here, we have been paying for her to have health insurance here and in the US, and I am starting to question the value of that double expenditure. My concern is that even if my husband and I can get a C permit after 5 years, our daughter won't be eligible since she will be over 18 and have been gone most of the time.

Has anyone else been in this situation? I am considering going to the Service de la populationDivision Etrangers in Lausanne to ask about this. Is that a useful thing to do? Any other ideas for how to get this resolved?

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