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Changing permit types: from a D-permit to a (spouse-linked) B-permit

I'm a British citizen working in Geneva with a B-permit. My wife is Canadian and is currently working in Geneva for an international organization and has a D-permit which will expire at the end of her contract in a few months time. We therefore need to arrange a spouse B-permit for her. If my wife were joining me from outside Switzerland the procedure seems clear, however, in our case my wife needs to change permit types. Before we venture to the Geneva Office Cantonal of Population, I was wondering if anyone may have experience of a similar situation? We really want to avoid returning to Canada to reapply for a new visa etc.!

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Re: Changing permit types: from a D-permit to a (spouse-linked) B-permit

I've never heard of a D permit only a D entry visa. Do you have a link to this type of permit?

It's unlikely that your wife has to leave as you are an EU citizen who is already here. Your best bet really is to go talk to the GE authorities. It shouldn't be that difficult for the spouse of an EU citizen.

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I've never heard of a D permit only a D entry visa. Do you have a link to this type of permit?
It's not really a "permit" it is one of the categories of the International Organisations residence cards (the system is different, letters denote function / rank).

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It's unlikely that your wife has to leave as you are an EU citizen who is already here. Your best bet really is to go talk to the GE authorities. It shouldn't be that difficult for the spouse of an EU citizen.

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Indeed. I think a simple form will do.
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Re: Changing permit types: from a D-permit to a (spouse-linked) B-permit

Many thanks for your replies - I'll post back the outcome from the Geneva Cantonal Office of Population.
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It's not really a "permit" it is one of the categories of the International Organisations residence cards (the system is different, letters denote function / rank).
Ok. Thanks! Don't much much about those. Is that the same as the "Carte de Légitimation"? It gets confusing especially with the D entry visa!


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Old 26.04.2012, 23:50
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Yep that the one. There's a system of letter and color coding that defines rank / function / privileges.
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