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Old 20.09.2011, 11:17
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Non-EU L to B conversion timing - married to a Swiss National

Hello - hopefully a quick question on timing of converting a Non-EU L permit to a B permit after marrying a Swiss National. Apologies if this situation is already in the threads and I missed it in my search, but I have not seen this unique question on timing with my circumstances.


A few facts:
  • I'm a Canadian
  • Married my Swiss husband in Canada in June 2011
  • Received L permit from my employer, it expired 28 August 2011
  • While going to renew my L permit (all paperwork in order), the Gemeinde processed my (spousal) B permit application - outstanding issue was getting our long-form marriage certificate (b/c we were married in Canada). As the B permit is in progress, there is no issue (work related, being in CH etc.) with my L being expired as I'm "in the system" - I have also done my B permit biometrics at the Migration office
  • Received marriage certificate and sent it to Swiss Consulate in Toronto, who has now sent it to Bern (confirmed with them yesterday)
  • Were told by the Swiss consulate that it should take about 3-4 weeks until Bern and then Affoltern AA have also recognized and processed marriage certificate.
Once the marriage certificate is recognized by the above levels of government, should I expect a further 4 weeks processing time to get my B permit?

Also, if I'm "in the system", would I be permitted to change jobs, or am I still bound to my current employer with my L permit? (I think I know the answer to this, no, but would be interested to hear if anyone has heard otherwise)

Thank-you in advance
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Old 21.09.2011, 07:04
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Re: Non-EU L to B conversion timing - married to a Swiss National

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Once the marriage certificate is recognized by the above levels of government, should I expect a further 4 weeks processing time to get my B permit?
Who knows. Could be 4, could be 8, might even be 2.

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Also, if I'm "in the system", would I be permitted to change jobs, or am I still bound to my current employer with my L permit?
You have to wait until your permit is confirmed. If you have a letter to that effect then you should be able to go ahead. However, your new employer may not accept that and may want a copy of your actual permit.
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