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American Marries a Swiss Resident

Hello,

My husband and I were married a little over a year ago in Chicago, IL, USA, my current place of residence (finishing up graduate school). My husband holds Permit C residency (non-EU national) that is scheduled for renewal in 2013.

I was wondering how long my husband can live outside Switzerland without it affecting his residency status since we plan to register our marriage with Swiss officials so that I may obtain a residency permit (via marriage) some time down the line, before 2013.
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

Hi wey,
The C permit can be suspended for up to 2 years, upon simple motivated request to the authorities. The reason can be an opportunity to work abroad, possibly also a family situation (but check on that beforehand).

Otherwise, withiut such official suspension (you get a paper stating that he ca be back anytime up to the date stated, and he has the right to his c permit back), he risks loosing it if it can be demnstrated that he is out of CH more than 6 months.
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

Hi Lilith,

Thank you so much for your advice. I think my husband can apply to further his education abroad. The issue we have right now is that he is already here in the U.S. He arrived on 9/27/11. Do you know if he can suspend his permit from the U.S.? Perhaps at the Swiss consulate?
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

Well, the whole thing is done by mail.... He should call the townhall of his residence, and ask honestly, there is no game as long as he stays legal.
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

Have you visited the Swiss consulate in Chicago?

737 N Michigan Ave # 2301
Chicago, IL 60611-2682, United States
(312) 915-0336


We were pretty thorough in the US by using the consulate before moving to Suisse
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

Your husband has up to 4 years to be out of the country. But it must be approved and he must request permission before leaving.
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Re: American Marries a Swiss Resident

That's right.

and he needs to state his "good reason" why he is leaving Switzerland and if he is intended to come back.
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