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Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

Hi,

I am having a little bit of trouble finding the information I am after.

I am a Swiss citizen currently living in Australia. If I were to marry an Australian Citizen would she be able to come to Switzerland with me and stay for longer than 90 days? What visa would she be able to get if we are married? Can she get a permanent establishment permit (C permit) or would it be a EU-B visa?
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Re: Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

Good morning and welcome to the forum.

Have you already read up the Canberra embassy´s website ?

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...us/resvis.html

http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...aus/cgsyd.html

Consulate General of Switzerland (Sydney)
101 Grafton Street cnr Grosvenor Street
Tower 2 Level 23
Bondi Junction NSW 2022 Australia

Postal address
PO Box 282
Bondi Junction NSW 1355 Australia

Tel.: +61 2 8383 4000
Fax: +61 2 9369 1334
E-mail: syd.vertretung@eda.admin.ch

Visiting hours
Monday-Friday: 09:00-13:00
Saturday and Sunday closed

Office hours
Monday-Thursday: 07:30-16:30
Friday: 07:30-14:00
Saturday and Sunday closed

Swiss Org - http://www.swiss.org.au/
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Re: Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

I know that if you come together and get married here, she is no longer asked to leave the country and get granted a B permit.
If you get married in Australia, she will still be granted the permit, but you must wait for it and she cannot travel until she has it (some say 3 months, some 6 it depends)
In the gemainde or embassy will not tell you that of course, but I know people who have done it that way. Just make sure she has all papers to get married like the clean criminal record and the ledig certificate, etc all translated and ready.
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all translated and ready.

I've never had to have English documents translated here. They seem to be pretty well accepted. I'd double check that it's required before rushing out and paying to have the documents translated.
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I've never had to have English documents translated here. They seem to be pretty well accepted. I'd double check that it's required before rushing out and paying to have the documents translated.
I also didn't need to translate my docs from English (also in Zurich) but I think I have read on here somewhere it depends on the canton or even from gemeinde to gemeinde.
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Re: Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

Thanks for your replies. Yes I have contact the embassy and they were not helpful at all!

So either way she can get a EU-B visa? That is a good start, this will allow her to stay longer than the tourist visa will allow.

Next question, on a B visa can the person travel within the EU with no restrictions?

Can she work on a B visa?

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Re: Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

B "permit" not "visa" (visa = lets you into the country. permit = lets you stay)

http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib...20citizens.pdf

"The Residence Permit B is a combination of both a residence and a work permit, entitling the holder to live in a particular canton and work for a specified employer. Foreign spouses of Swiss, EU or EFTA citizens or foreign partners are not subject to the quota restrictions. An employer in Switzerland should have no difficulty in obtaining a work permit for such an applicant."

With a B permit, one can travel freely in Schengen areas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_Area). As an Australian citizen, she shouldn't have a problem traveling to the UK.
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Re: Marry a non-Swiss – what visa rights would she have?

Perfect, this answers the questions I had.

I now know if we marry (in switzerland or in australia, but seems easier to do it once we are there) she can get a B permit and can come to switzerland with me to live and work with no restrictions should we wish to travel through europe for 6 months or a year!

Can she work in the Schengen area or only in Switzerland?

I have read that you can only get a job IF the company has exhausted all avenues in finding a swiss citizen to do the job, is that the case with a B permit?

Your help is greatly appreciated!
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