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Changing address with Basel immigration

Hi - I'm in Basel since August and I'm curious about changing address and what I have to do with the immigration dept (the place on I think Spiegelgasse?), banks etc. I found an apartment in Basel Stadt but it's not available until November 1st, and I had to move from where I was staying as it was only temporary. I have a B permit since August and it's registered at this temporary address.

So far I was in an apartment from August until September 25th. I'm now in a hotel and on October 1st I move to a temporary apartment until the end of October, which is just across the border in St Louis. Then on November 1st I'll move into the new long term apartment in Basel Stadt.

So that's a lot of moving and I hope I don't have to inform immigration every time. The main resident in the place I was in until Sept 25th wants me to de-register as she says she doesn't want an extra person registered in her place.

- Do I have to inform immigration of every move?
- Will the move to St Louis for October have any tax or other implications?
- Can I inform immigration by phone or email?
- If not does anyone know their opening hours (the first time I went there I wasn't working but I work 9 till 6 now)?
- Is it possible to get a temporary PO box for changing my bank address?


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Old 27.09.2011, 15:31
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Re: Changing address with Basel immigration

PLEASE learn to use the search function. The moving to Basel was discussed only yesterday!
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Old 27.09.2011, 15:38
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Hi - I'm in Basel since August and I'm curious about changing address and what I have to do with the immigration dept (the place on I think Spiegelgasse?), banks etc. I found an apartment in Basel Stadt but it's not available until November 1st, and I had to move from where I was staying as it was only temporary. I have a B permit since August and it's registered at this temporary address.

So far I was in an apartment from August until September 25th. I'm now in a hotel and on October 1st I move to a temporary apartment until the end of October, which is just across the border in St Louis. Then on November 1st I'll move into the new long term apartment in Basel Stadt.

So that's a lot of moving and I hope I don't have to inform immigration every time. The main resident in the place I was in until Sept 25th wants me to de-register as she says she doesn't want an extra person registered in her place.

- Do I have to inform immigration of every move?
- Will the move to St Louis for October have any tax or other implications?
- Can I inform immigration by phone or email?
- If not does anyone know their opening hours (the first time I went there I wasn't working but I work 9 till 6 now)?
- Is it possible to get a temporary PO box for changing my bank address?


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Depending on your work permit, your probably not alowed to live in France.
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Old 27.09.2011, 21:06
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Re: Changing address with Basel immigration

if you move to France you will have to pay tax in France, and things will get really complicated when you chance your adress and than back to CH.
And you need a new permit and this will cost every time.
For me it would be too much trouble only for one month.
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Old 28.09.2011, 07:24
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Depending on your work permit, your probably not alowed to live in France.
He's Irish .
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Old 28.09.2011, 07:26
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if you move to France you will have to pay tax in France, and things will get really complicated when you chance your adress and than back to CH.
Not if he's only going for a month.

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And you need a new permit and this will cost every time.
For me it would be too much trouble only for one month.
Technically correct but in practice ..... nah .
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if you move to France you will have to pay tax in France, and things will get really complicated when you chance your adress and than back to CH.
And you need a new permit and this will cost every time.
For me it would be too much trouble only for one month.
Which has also been discussed on the forum before.
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Old 28.09.2011, 11:42
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- Do I have to inform immigration of every move?
- Will the move to St Louis for October have any tax or other implications?
- Can I inform immigration by phone or email?
- If not does anyone know their opening hours (the first time I went there I wasn't working but I work 9 till 6 now)?
- Is it possible to get a temporary PO box for changing my bank address?
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- Yes officially.
- Yes - if you do actually move officially to France then you will have to change a lot of stuff - work permit, tax, where you get paid.... etc. lot of hassle for a month. There's also a possibility that if you move to France "officially" then they might not give you residence back in Switzerland - because you were already in France living close by so why should they let you live here? I've seen it happen to people before, although admitedly not that recently (maybe 5 years ago).
- Yes - the BS website says you can inform them of address changes by phone, in writing, email or fax - providing that you're moving within the same canton (Basel Stadt).
- N/A
- you can get a PO box - but you can also have your post forwarded (or even held) by the post office.

To be honest if it were me I'd find a friend living in Basel Stadt and have all my mail forwarded to them by the post office (quite easy - just fill in a form pay a few chuffs) if you have an office then you could even have it posted to you at your office/work address - and then I think I might forget to tell the authorities that I had moved until 1st November..... maybe.... although I suppose it's possible they could find out and then you might be in trouble. You could go the honest route and phone them and ask them what to do - they might have some procedure if you know what your address will be as of November 1st.
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- Yes officially.
- Yes - if you do actually move officially to France then you will have to change a lot of stuff - work permit, tax, where you get paid.... etc. lot of hassle for a month. There's also a possibility that if you move to France "officially" then they might not give you residence back in Switzerland - because you were already in France living close by so why should they let you live here? I've seen it happen to people before, although admitedly not that recently (maybe 5 years ago).
- Yes - the BS website says you can inform them of address changes by phone, in writing, email or fax - providing that you're moving within the same canton (Basel Stadt).
- N/A
- you can get a PO box - but you can also have your post forwarded (or even held) by the post office.

To be honest if it were me I'd find a friend living in Basel Stadt and have all my mail forwarded to them by the post office (quite easy - just fill in a form pay a few chuffs) if you have an office then you could even have it posted to you at your office/work address - and then I think I might forget to tell the authorities that I had moved until 1st November..... maybe.... although I suppose it's possible they could find out and then you might be in trouble. You could go the honest route and phone them and ask them what to do - they might have some procedure if you know what your address will be as of November 1st.
Thanks for the detailed answer much appreciated. The long term resident where I was staying wants me to de-register as there is another person moving in. Might give France a miss and find a place in BS for October. Good idea to ring them and see what they say.
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Re: Changing address with Basel immigration

Alternatively you could change your registered adress on line at https://secure.bs.ch/bdm/formulare/c...lb_basel-stadt and give the office dte of change as November 1st. I did it online last year and it went smoothly. Then redirect all mail to the office and all should be fine.
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Alternatively you could change your registered adress on line at https://secure.bs.ch/bdm/formulare/c...lb_basel-stadt and give the office dte of change as November 1st. I did it online last year and it went smoothly. Then redirect all mail to the office and all should be fine.
Just looked at that site and the following paragraph appears at the top:

Note to our foreign clientele
persons who are not already in possession of a new residence permit in credit card format or have an EC / EFTA permit must their change of address within the canton of Basel-City Population Office in person at the show.
All persons concerned must audition with the residence permit and passport at Spiegelgasse sixth opening times


My permit isn't a credit card format it's a passport size plastic see-through one with the permit inside. I only got it in August so it's pretty recent..have they changed to credit card format since then?

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Old 29.09.2011, 11:18
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Just looked at that site and the following paragraph appears at the top:

Note to our foreign clientele
persons who are not already in possession of a new residence permit in credit card format or have an EC / EFTA permit must their change of address within the canton of Basel-City Population Office in person at the show.
All persons concerned must audition with the residence permit and passport at Spiegelgasse sixth opening times

My permit isn't a credit card format it's a passport size plastic see-through one with the permit inside. I only got it in August so it's pretty recent..have they changed to credit card format since then?
Credit card format are only for non EU.

You have an EC / EFTA permit as descibed in your reference.
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Just looked at that site and the following paragraph appears at the top:

Note to our foreign clientele
persons who are not already in possession of a new residence permit in credit card format or have an EC / EFTA permit must their change of address within the canton of Basel-City Population Office in person at the show.
All persons concerned must audition with the residence permit and passport at Spiegelgasse sixth opening times


My permit isn't a credit card format it's a passport size plastic see-through one with the permit inside. I only got it in August so it's pretty recent..have they changed to credit card format since then?
Apologies didn't realise they still are not doing the credit card ones for EU. I am non EU so have the credit card one which now has the biometric information. So looks like you have to go in. Now that is a bummer! They have this wonderful new ticketing system (was just there a few weeks ago to do my renewal) where you select by your reason for being there!
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Re: Changing address with Basel immigration

Ok think I'm sorted. Went to the Post Office this morning and filled out a form to have my mail forwarded to my work address for the next 2 months. This cost 30 chuffs. Then I got the number of immigration from this page:

http://www.bdm.bs.ch/ueber-uns/adressen-lageplan.htm

I rang them and told them I want to change my address, but that I'll be in a temporary address for October and won't be in my new place until Nov 1st. Didn't seem to be an issue, they asked my DOB and name and changed my address to my new one from November 1st, no charge.

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