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Old 27.06.2012, 15:12
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Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

Greetings from cold Canberra, Australia.

Currently in Australia, married to Swiss wife, thinking of living in Switzerland for 6 months from August. Have already registered our marriage and our son with the local embassy.

We are looking to come over quite soon, say from August to February while my wife is on maternity leave. Problem is the consulate has informed us that the type D visa required for such an enterprise (for me) may take up to 12 weeks. Kinda sinks the entire idea if this were to be the case.

My question is, can I come to CH on a tourist visa and then apply for the type D visa when in CH? Or must I apply and be granted the visa whilst still located in Australia? Any other way around this?

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Re: Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

Hi Hanz,
Not sure if this is much help, but...
For working visas (L/B) Australians can apply while in Switzerland on tourist visas; you just have to leave the country to collect your visa from a foreign Swiss embassy (for most this is a day trip or overnight to Stuttgart).
When playing the visa game for myself and my partner (we're Australian and not married), lots of people (including officials) told us things were 'impossible' visa-wise, but we still got them done eventually with persistence. Not sure if you want the additional stress while living with a new bub though.
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Re: Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

You can only stay in the schengen area for 3 months. You can 'opt' to pick up your D Visa from another visa office outside Switzerland. So you could 'theoretically' enter the schengen area as a tourist (Aussies can do this without a visa) - and then pick up your 'D' visa from the visa office in Germany, Italy, Uk. etc. But you have to nominate it on the form somewhere...

I would start the visa process ASAP, and see if they can make it faster. The fact that you have already registered your relationship/child with the authorities might make it smoother.

Ours was processed in the exact time the swiss authorities said it would be...and it wasn't complicated.

Why not get the process started immediately ?
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Re: Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

Vaguely related:-
Swisspea, do you know how long you (Australians generally) can stay in Switzerland/Schengen after giving up residence here?
Do we need to leave immediately and/or would we be able to re-enter Switzerland/Schengen within the next 3 months without applying for a visa?
I came across Hanz's post while hunting for this information, but have had no luck thus far...
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Re: Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

Hey all,

Thanks for the advice. Have since talked to the consulate here in Australia. They suggested we go ahead as per the advice provided by lj667 - ie pick up the visa from Stuttgart or the like. Seemed quite helpful.

Now we just need to rent our house out, find a flat, get insurance, purchase flights, go insane etc etc. Not necessarily in that order. Should be fun.

Anybody have advice as to how health insurance companies treat pre-existing conditions? I believe they are legislatively required to provide coverage for such with "basic insurance" and I've found plenty of info on this site regarding pre-existing conditions where an "accident" was sustained in CH. But what if the accident/injury originated in OZ? I have a dodgey shoulder.

Hanz (Andrew).
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Basic insurance you won't have any problems - my son who has type 1 diabetes gets awesome treatment here in Switzerland - our 'gap' is about 50chf a month and that covers quarterly specialists, blood testing and medications...

The irony is that if we tried to emigrate the other direction, the Australian system would probably be reluctant to have us...
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Re: Applying for a visa having already arrived on tourist visa.

I came down on an tourist visa, married my Swiss wife. And I am also waiting on my B-permit. I've been told by the Solothurn people that as long as the Visa is pending, I don't have to leave. And if I were to need to exist Switzerland before it comes in, they would work on getting me a temp visa (think it was D).

So it all just depends on the Canton in a lot of things.
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