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Old 06.06.2012, 14:54
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Family reunification and bureaucracy

Dear All

I am a Non-EU national, getting married next month to a Swiss national. We both live abroad and will declare the marriage at the Swiss embassy and should be moving there by end of summer if things are not complicated.

Has anyone had been through this process? Please could you share your experience ( From applying at the Swiss consulate until getting a residence permit.. etc.. recommendations..?


1. I will be getting a residence type B ( on family reunification grounds) renewable each year ?

2. Am I entitled to work on a type B residence permit ? Any limitations?

3. Why would you reside 5 years on a Type B permit then re-apply for a C permit if you are eligible for facilitated naturalization after 3 to 6 years of marriage and residence in Switzerland?

4. During my stay how long can my visits to my hometown last ?

5. Is bank statement important when applying for family reunification at the Swiss embassy ? Any idea or required amount ? we are both starting from scratch, it's a new page

6. If I would like to do my Phd in Switzerland, I am entitled for government help with tuition fees ? Is it a good idea or it will affect the naturalization process ( As I read on a website that the foreigner should never use social funds during his 5 years stay )

Thank you so much for helping me out. I wish all of you the best.
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Old 07.06.2012, 17:24
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Re: Family reunification and bureaucracy

Hi Rosemarie

I went recently through a similar process and it is quite straightforward
I am a B permit holder, EU national and married recently a non-EU
Please allow time and above all if you plan to be in summer time here, i strongly suggest to start the paperwork now!

Answering your questions, you will get a B permit, which is valid for 4 years
That entitles you to work. Renewal is automatic as long as you have a job or you still married to a Swiss permit holder or national.
You get a C permit automatically, after 5 years of B permit if the conditions above are met.
4) no idea - but within 6 months you should be fine
5) As long as you prove you can live in Switzerland - a job contract would be essential - bank statement is irrelevant. Me and my wife showed nothing about my bank account
6) sorry, no idea.

You can come earlier to Switzerland under a tourist visa, but then you need to get your visa type D - family in an embassy/consulate outside Switzerland.
I was thinking to go to Frankfurt and continue the process there. Me and my wife were considering this, but she got a note on her passport that she applied for a visa type D, so this was not possible anymore: you can't apply to a tourist visa if you started the visa D process already

For us it took aprox. 6 weeks the whole process. And i know this was a good timing. Be aware the summer time=vacation time, so delays may be longer

Good luck!
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Old 07.06.2012, 18:04
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Dear All

I am a Non-EU national, getting married next month to a Swiss national. We both live abroad and will declare the marriage at the Swiss embassy and should be moving there by end of summer if things are not complicated.

Has anyone had been through this process? Please could you share your experience ( From applying at the Swiss consulate until getting a residence permit.. etc.. recommendations..?
Maybe people have been through this. There are lots of similar thread on about this top. Have a good look around and you'll find lots of helpful info.

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1. I will be getting a residence type B ( on family reunification grounds) renewable each year ? Yes

2. Am I entitled to work on a type B residence permit ? Any limitations? Yes, No.

3. Why would you reside 5 years on a Type B permit then re-apply for a C permit if you are eligible for facilitated naturalization after 3 to 6 years of marriage and residence in Switzerland? Because not everyone wants to be a Swiss citizen for various reasons.

4. During my stay how long can my visits to my hometown last ?
6 months max on a B permit any more and your permit is gone.
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Re: Family reunification and bureaucracy

Thanks Lucas! I appreciate your help. All the best
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Thank you MiniMia. Will do.
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Re: Family reunification and bureaucracy

I am here on a tourist visa, we just got married on 5/24/12. We were told my permit should be here within 2 weeks. Will keep you updated on that.
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6. If I would like to do my Phd in Switzerland, I am entitled for government help with tuition fees ? Is it a good idea or it will affect the naturalization process ( As I read on a website that the foreigner should never use social funds during his 5 years stay )

Thank you so much for helping me out. I wish all of you the best.
I just read this one again. Your husband must be able to support you, ie, he needs to make over the amount that is listed as the minimum before you are eligible for social funds. If he makes less than that you might have problems with the visa approval. So you can't really be asking for social funds.

But your question is about education, which is different. Usually a phd you get paid something, either a stipend or a salary. Anyway, tuition is not that expensive in Switzerland for residents. Check out the websites for the school you are interested in. That should have all the information on the site.
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