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Old 26.04.2012, 09:47
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Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

Hi All,

I am an Indian citizen working in switzerland and would like to invite my spouse (non-EU) currently residing in UK, on a dependent visa. Can you please tell me
1. Where/how I could go about to know the procedure to apply for the visa ?
2. How long and complicated this procedure is i.e. normally how much time does it take to get a dependent visa ?

I tried to look out for some information online, but most of the information I found was in german So, some input from you guys would be definitely helpful ! Thanks...
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Hi All,

I am an Indian citizen working in switzerland and would like to invite my spouse (non-EU) currently residing in UK, on a dependent visa. Can you please tell me
1. Where/how I could go about to know the procedure to apply for the visa ?
2. How long and complicated this procedure is i.e. normally how much time does it take to get a dependent visa ?

I tried to look out for some information online, but most of the information I found was in german So, some input from you guys would be definitely helpful ! Thanks...
What kind of dependent visa? If Tier 1/2 your wife is living in the UK illegally....
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Old 06.05.2012, 16:27
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

Hi There,

Thanks for your reply. I realised that I did not provide all the details in my previous post.
So, basically I had a student's B-permit for the past 4 years which now got converted to a company linked L-permit since march this year. This permit allows me to work in Basel but live only in Zurich. My husband on the other hand, lives and works in UK in a company (and hence has a valid UK work permit). I would now like to apply for a dependent visa for him so that he can join me in Switzerland. My questions were:
1. Does the process of applying for a spouse permit in swiss for a non-EU spouse 'living in UK' differ in any way from normal process (in which case the spouse needs applies from India) ?
2. How long and complicated this process really is (since I have an L-permit now)?
3. Lastly, will my husband be allowed to work on this dependent permit ?

Thanks again ! cheers...
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Old 06.05.2012, 17:44
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

Your spouse applies from where he is living. If he is resident in the UK he applies from there.

These permits take about 4-6 weeks.

No. You husband does not have work rights on a dependent L permit.
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

Thanks so much for your reply The idea of him joining me here was also that he could look for a job here. It is however quite disppointing to know that the spouse is not allowed to look for a job/ work on L-permit.
I was wondering if there may be a possible way out regarding the job thing. Any thoughts ?
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

I think the only way out is if your husband applies for a job here and then gets it while he is still in the UK. That way he comes here with his own permit independent of yours.
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

Ya..thanks for the suggestion. I guess that could be a way, a rather hard one I guess. As far as I've seen over the past few months, its getting tougher and tougher for swiss companies to get a work permit for non-EU people. Most of the companies/consultants just look at the non-EU CVs as a massive burden and reject it straightaway even before interviewing the candidate. It takes a lot of persistence from the company/people to carry it through to completion. My own work permit took more than a year for approval (with 1 rejection in between) inspite of new government regulations promising liniency wih the permit process for non-EU students graduating from swiss universities...I wonder how it well it would work for someone applying from the UK Thanks anyways guys !!
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Re: Dependent visa for non-EU spouse living in UK

I don't think the fact that your husband is in the UK will make any difference. It's his nationality that counts. We are Australian and were living in the UK before we came here, but as far as the Swiss authorities were concerned the UK bit had nothing to do with it.
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Hmm...I agree with you...I think the nationality is what counts ! I'll ask him to keep trying with the job thing hope that some good comes out of it ! Thanks so much ! Cherio !
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Hmm...I agree with you...I think the nationality is what counts ! I'll ask him to keep trying with the job thing hope that some good comes out of it ! Thanks so much ! Cherio !
Yes. It's nationality that counts. The only thing is that you apply from you country of residence. So your husband will not have to go back to his country of origin.
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Thank you all! Your comments have been quite helpful.
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