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Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerland

Who am I, I am a research doc (Indian national) and have finished my PhD from UK. I am now in Zurich, Switzerland with my husband who is currently pursuing his PhD. I have come here to Switzerland on a dependent visa. I applied from Mumbai, India in July 2011 and it too approx 3 months to get here since we were not advised or could not find the correct information regarding the same.
VFS customer service is very kind, calm (which is important at times) and helpful at times. But they don’t seem to give the correct information/ aren’t informed regarding dependent visa for Switzerland. And thus I have collated the most important information which I gathered during my application so as to help future applicants.
Please note: There could be some variation in paper work as well as VFS rules for Delhi office. I have applied through the Mumbai office and all information holds true for the same. And DONOT bother to call the Swizz consulate, Mumbai they are just rude and unhelpful.

STEPS FROM THE INDIAN SIDE
Switzerland VFS Office, Mumbai
Switzerland Visa Application Centre
2nd Floor, Aurum House,
Dadyseth Lane,
Lane next to Babulnath temple entrance
Babulnath, Mumbai – 400007
First of all you will need list of paper work done before you submit your application at VFS, Mumbai

Documents for VISA
(http://www.vfs-ch-in.com/mumbai/images/DEPENDENT.pdf)
“Original marriage certificate (MC) issued by the Registrar of Marriages of the concerned State, duly legalised by the competent State Home Ministry (e.g. for residents of Maharashtra – Home Affairs, New Administrative Building, 9th Floor, Opp. Mantralaya, Mumbai 400 021), and further legalised by the Ministry of External Affairs. (in triplicate). Please note, that no Marriage Deed will be accepted by this office”
1. Legalization of marriage certificate is fairly easy, atleast in Mantralaya (Mumbai).
Step 1 -- Take the original certificate to any Notary (court behind Mantralaya), who will sign and stamp the _back side_ of the document. Step 2 -- Visit the Mantralaya (New Building) opposite to the old one -- sometime in the late afternoon (around 2:30 -3pm, it is less crowded) where you tell you would like to have the certificate "attested" (I think it is the 9/11th Floor). It costs you some money. You can ask them itself, regarding the Certificate Apostille which is done in Delhi by Ministry of External affairs. There are officials who do it for you.
It looks like this… And this should not take more than 4-5 days.

THIS SHOULD BE IN ENGLISH/ GERMAN!
2. DONOT attach bank statements, FD are not accepted or any form of fund documents.
3. A copy of the spouse’s residence / working permit in Switzerland
If your spouse has applied for his permit renewal then attaching a letter that he will receive from the Swiss Migration office from his/ her canton is sufficient.
Visa application form-
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/dam/...sumd-fr-en.pdf
Visa fee-
For Dependent & Work Permit Employment, the Consulate fee will be: Rs 4200 (visa fee) & Rs 300 (postal/ referral fee) per application.
• The SMS Service is also available at Rs 80/- (inclusive of service tax 10.30%) per application. This is an Optional Service.
o This actually is not helpful because they update their system in the morning for the day and you receive an SMS in the morning itself which is actually not true
• Visa fee should be paid only by Demand draft in favor of CONSULATE GENERAL OF SWITZERLAND, payable in Mumbai.
o Not necessary, you can pay by cash
• Applicants shall be levied a service charge of Rs. 607/- (inclusive of service tax 10.30% & education cess) payable in cash only. (This is supposedly VFS’s charge)
• The optional courier facility is available at Rs.250/- (inclusive of service tax 10.30%) per application. (This is not included in the visa fee)
• All fees are non-refundable.
So a total of Rs 5107/- + 250/- (courier charge, optional)

Once all of this is ready you can visit the VFS in Mumbai and submit your application.
You will be called to collect your passport in 2 days (passport will have a small stamp saying dependent visa, Switzerland). You can choose to come and personally collect or take the courier service.
Mind you this is not the end of the application; you will have to go once again and then will be called again to collect your passport. So decide when you would want to use their courier service or not use it at all.

POLICE CLEARANCE
I would suggest that while you are waiting for the application process you get your police clearance done!
You have to go to your local Police Station in Mumbai and ask them for the same. They guide you through it and I don’t have to mention how you handle government officials. You might have to show yourself there many times. This should actually not take more than 15 days, but would depend on each police station.
THIS SHOULD BE ENGLISH/GERMAN

STEPS FROM THE SWITZERLAND SIDE
After a week from the date of application, I would suggest your spouse visit the Migration office in Switzerland and mention about your application (name and number). This would just help to speed up things!!
Your spouse should receive a list of documents he/she has to submit in less than 6 weeks.
For my application this was needed and I don’t think it would be any different.
1. Passport copy
2. Valid B-Permit
3. Copy of apartment rental contract
4. Salary slips
5. Monthly statements (this depends on each application can range from 6 to 12 months) (you should have at least CHF 10000/- on your statement last Statement; this can be borrowed from friend/ family)
6. Employer’s contract stating you salary of CHF X
7. Health insurance
8. Betreibungsauszug (an official doc stating you have no unpaid debts)
9. A personal letter stating you have no kids in Switzerland (which needs to be notarized)
10. Police clearance of your spouse (which I have spoken earlier should be ready by then from India and should be submitted in Switzerland and not in Mumbai).
Now once your spouse submits all these documents he/she should hear from the Migration office within 1-2 weeks.


STEPS FROM THE INDIAN SIDE

Once your spouse has received the letter. You have to email at mum.visa@eda.admin.ch to confirm that the Swiss Consulate at Mumbai has received your positive application. (They are quick and you will hear a single sentence stating. Yes! We have received your application and you will have to re-submit your passport along with this letter to VFS).
Carry your passport, the letter sent by your spouse and the confirmation letter from Mumbai Consulate.
Your passport will be ready for collection in 2 days. You should now hold a valid visa (valid for a certain period of time).

STEPS FROM THE SWITZERLAND SIDE

Once you have safely landed in Switzerland. You must register with the local kreis office no later than 15 days from landing and fill out some forms, get a booking done for biometric analysis and pay CHF 160/-
After the Biometric analysis, you will receive your valid permit (credit card) by registered post.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

hii....first of all thanks a ton for all the useful information. sincerely appreciate it. have u taken help of some agent/ organisation for this purpose? if yes, can you please share the same? name /contact details etc. it will be of great assistance.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

wow long wait & complex... My wife (US citizen) got the entry visa for family reunification in 14 days after submitting the application.. Maybe things are a bit fast with US/Canadian citizens.. I am an Indian with a B permit.

Thanking you for your time and sharing this info.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Really a useful post. I have been running around, and making folks back home run around with the process. Dealing with Indian Govt officials isn't the easiest thing! And yes, I have had my share of conflicting updates from VFS and Embassy!

One question, you mention that it takes upto 6 weeks for the documents to reach Switzerland from embassy in India and after that it might take much lesser time after documents are submitted. So this means most of the processing time takes in India itself?
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

I got a confirmation (Ermächtigung) that my wife can go and collect the visa in New Delhi. Not sure if the embassy in Delhi might ask for a marriage certificate legalization which I did not do to apply for her visa here in Swiss.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Hi all

We have applied for dependent visa for my wife in India.

Along with other documents Migrationsamt, Zurich has asked for Police Clearance Certificate for my wife. So, we are doing PCC procedure in India at the moment.

But they have asked to have it in German.
Is this normal or negotiable ?

However does anyone know how to get authorized German translation of PCC which is acceptable to Migrationsamt ? Because actual PCC in India will be in English.
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Hi all

We have applied for dependent visa for my wife in India.

Along with other documents Migrationsamt, Zurich has asked for Police Clearance Certificate for my wife. So, we are doing PCC procedure in India at the moment.

But they have asked to have it in German.
Is this normal or negotiable ?

However does anyone know how to get authorized German translation of PCC which is acceptable to Migrationsamt ? Because actual PCC in India will be in English.
You can find plenty of translators.
Did a google search and came up with
http://www.renaca.ch/traduc-en.html
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

PCC is acceptable in English, i have also provided PCC for my wife in English and it worked at least in migrationsamt Zurich.

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Hi all

We have applied for dependent visa for my wife in India.

Along with other documents Migrationsamt, Zurich has asked for Police Clearance Certificate for my wife. So, we are doing PCC procedure in India at the moment.

But they have asked to have it in German.
Is this normal or negotiable ?

However does anyone know how to get authorized German translation of PCC which is acceptable to Migrationsamt ? Because actual PCC in India will be in English.
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Yes, PCC in English is accepted even though they write PCC in German.
I think they are not aware if the PCC in India can be given in English thus they ask for a German one.
Good luck!
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Hi There,

I am an Indian national, and I have been offered a postdoc position at Uni of Geneva. I am still waiting for my work visa and plan to join my job from Oct.

I learned that for dependent visa, one has to provide the invitation letter from spouse, details of the resident permit, marriage certificate and police clearance certificate. I have everything except the resident permit since I haven't yet arrived in Switzerland.

My question is, can I apply a dependent visa for my wife while I am still waiting for my own work visa? If yes, what kind of documents I have to produce.

Is there any other way to take your spouse with you when you are joining rather than invite her/him later? eg take a tourist visa now and then get the dependent visa in Switzerland.

Thanks in advance for all your suggestions..
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Hi,
You might have to search for other threads regarding travelling with a dependent visa along with your spouse.
But surely you can not transfer from a tourist visa to a dependent visa while in Switzerland.

Hope this helps.
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Hi There,

I am an Indian national, and I have been offered a postdoc position at Uni of Geneva. I am still waiting for my work visa and plan to join my job from Oct.

I learned that for dependent visa, one has to provide the invitation letter from spouse, details of the resident permit, marriage certificate and police clearance certificate. I have everything except the resident permit since I haven't yet arrived in Switzerland.

My question is, can I apply a dependent visa for my wife while I am still waiting for my own work visa? If yes, what kind of documents I have to produce.

Is there any other way to take your spouse with you when you are joining rather than invite her/him later? eg take a tourist visa now and then get the dependent visa in Switzerland.

Thanks in advance for all your suggestions..
Cheers
Sonjek
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Hi,

I need your urgent help. Can you please answer following?

1. "duly legalised by the competent State Home Ministry" Did you skip this step and directly went to Mantralaya?

2. "in triplicate" Do I have to apostille original marriage certificate and then make 3 photo copies?

I will be very thankful if you can answer these.

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Yes, you have to go to the Mantralaya directly and yes again I photocopied the Marriage certificate!

Hope this helps
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Did you also submit original Marriage Certificate along with Dependent Visa Application?
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Yes you have to submit the original! They do not accept the copy only.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

So you submitted Original + 3 photo copy of Marriage Certificate along with other documents. Did you receive original certificate back?

Tomorrow my brother will be going to legalize my original Marriage Certificate at Home Deptt, Rajasthan. which was 'Mantralaya' in your case. After that i will get it apostille from MEA, Delhi. I am running out of time. They have told me to apply for dependent visa before 21-12-2012.

It will be also nice of you if you can share copy of the other documents!
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Yes, I submitted my Marriage certificate plus 3 copies of it.
See the link below for the list of documents you have submit from your end.

http://www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib...2012092012.pdf

After which your spouse should get a list from the Swiss embassy in Switzerland depending upon your case (so the lists can vary) which he/she should submit in Switzerland.
Hope this helps.

Which stage are you at?
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I received authorization to work. Now I am asked to apply for dependent visa and I also have to get visa for myself.
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Re: Dependent visa, Permit B for spouses wanting to reunite with family in Switzerlan

Then the situation is very different. Since I was in India and my spouse was already in switzerland. For people applying from India for both permits and dependent visas will be slightly different.

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I received authorization to work. Now I am asked to apply for dependent visa and I also have to get visa for myself.
I haven't come across a single case where Non-EU (South Asian) dependent was able to travel along with Primary applicant to Switzerland. See this post

Dependent Visa for Lausanne
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