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Old 05.10.2011, 10:37
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Taking language classes to extend 90 day stay in CH...

Hello Everyone,

I am from the US and came to Switzerland to stay with my boyfriend who works in Basel. I know that as a US citizen, I'm only allowed to stay in Schengen area for 90 days. I'm currently looking for employment (I'm a physical therapist) which has been difficult due to language barriers, etc. Could someone tell me if I'm able to somehow get a student visa for example (based on taking german classes) to extend my stay here past the 90 days to allow me more time to look for a job and study German?

Any help/info/advise is greatly appreciated!

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Yes, I think you would get a student visa (learning German for example).
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Re: Taking language classes to extend 90 day stay in CH...

Sorry to burst your bubble, but as a non-EU citizen applying for a student visa, I don't think that this is possible. You would need to enroll into a university program which would obviously end up being much more costly (unless you found funding of course).
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Old 05.10.2011, 21:39
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Re: Taking language classes to extend 90 day stay in CH...

I think i read once that if you have been together for more than 3 years and he can prove he can pay all bills (rent, insurance, etc) you can apply for a partner visa (not sure the name of this visa).
A friend is trying this with his gf, but they have not been together for 3 years.
As for the student visa, they tried but it was not posible as migration didnt grant the visa on the basis that she didnt need to study german here but in germany and anyways was not really necessary for her carrer.

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Re: Taking language classes to extend 90 day stay in CH...

I was in a very similiar situation when I first moved here to Switzerland. In my mind I thought that during the first 90 days I would simply apply at some university or language classes and that I would be able to stay here and get a student visa somehow. But then I looked into the costs of universites, especially for non swissgerman speaking people like myself and the costs were extremely high. As far as a job goes, I really doubt that it would be possible either, unless you look for some sort of baby sitting job or house cleaning, if that is even possible. Do you two plan on getting married? If so, you could apply for a fiancee visa that allows you to stay in Basel for 9 months and possible extension of 3 extra months, but even with that you are not allowed to work. Just make sure if you apply for the fiancee visa that you truly do have the intentions of getting married in that time period. I mean after all youre in for the guy, right? :-) Good luck, hope you find a way!
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I think i read once that if you have been together for more than 3 years and he can prove he can pay all bills (rent, insurance, etc) you can apply for a partner visa (not sure the name of this visa).
Highly doubt it...
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I was in a very similiar situation when I first moved here to Switzerland. In my mind I thought that during the first 90 days I would simply apply at some university or language classes and that I would be able to stay here and get a student visa somehow. But then I looked into the costs of universites, especially for non swissgerman speaking people like myself and the costs were extremely high. As far as a job goes, I really doubt that it would be possible either, unless you look for some sort of baby sitting job or house cleaning, if that is even possible. Do you two plan on getting married? If so, you could apply for a fiancee visa that allows you to stay in Basel for 9 months and possible extension of 3 extra months, but even with that you are not allowed to work. Just make sure if you apply for the fiancee visa that you truly do have the intentions of getting married in that time period. I mean after all youre in for the guy, right? :-) Good luck, hope you find a way!

Thank you very much for the advice! Yes, at the end I am here because of him so we will see how it turns out..
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I think i read once that if you have been together for more than 3 years and he can prove he can pay all bills (rent, insurance, etc) you can apply for a partner visa (not sure the name of this visa).
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As everything in this country: It depends on the canton. We were in the exact same situation and things are not that easy in most places. In Zurich there is little hope for having our partner hang around if you're not married. It's an absolute pain I know...

It is however possible to obtain a C-Permit for non europeans when studying. Might be costly but potentially your best option.

Oh and if you are looking for cantons that DO allowed de-facto relationship visas, I'm not 100% sure but there was just a few and they were pretty much all in the French speaking half of the country. Geneva maybe? Neuchatel... I did research it many moons ago and more or less gave up - but they do exist!
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I was in a very similiar situation when I first moved here to Switzerland. In my mind I thought that during the first 90 days I would simply apply at some university or language classes and that I would be able to stay here and get a student visa somehow. But then I looked into the costs of universites, especially for non swissgerman speaking people like myself and the costs were extremely high. As far as a job goes, I really doubt that it would be possible either, unless you look for some sort of baby sitting job or house cleaning, if that is even possible. Do you two plan on getting married? If so, you could apply for a fiancee visa that allows you to stay in Basel for 9 months and possible extension of 3 extra months, but even with that you are not allowed to work. Just make sure if you apply for the fiancee visa that you truly do have the intentions of getting married in that time period. I mean after all youre in for the guy, right? :-) Good luck, hope you find a way!
I thought the university system is public here so the costs are highly subsidized.
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