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Permit B - how long does it take to process?

I may need some advice...
I am an EU citizen (UK) soon to be moving to Basel to study my Masters and also to work part-time. I am currently living in Hesse, Germany and as of yesterday now have a place to live in Basel. However I won't move into the place until October 1st. My job will begin at the end of October. And University will begin 17 September. I will be staying with a friend just across the border in Germany for the last 2 weeks of September. I will be applying for Permit B but I am curious as to how long it takes for all the paperwork to be processed. I obviously would like to have everything organised before I begin work. Should I make a trip down to Basel now or can I wait until mid September when my university starts? And finally, can I apply for the permit without officially moving into my place (I am renting only a room from a WG)?
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

It takes several weeks, so it would be a good idea to apply before hand. Take your rental contract, passport, work contract, anything else of relevance. Apply for the permit from 1st October (Not earlier) as you will be paying monthly health insurance from that date.

If you are short of cash, there is a hitch hiking "hook up agency" You join up, use their web site free of charge, and pay the driver some petrol money,

http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

From the UK you can be in Switzerland for 90 days before you need a permit.

Also you need to get medical insurance within 3 months of permit, so potentially 6 months before you start paying that. I know some people say it gets back dated to the permit date, but I got 3 months for free as mine started the first of the month after I applied even though I sent a copy of my permit.

My B permit took a week, I'd allow 2 weeks, and non EU probably takes longer.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

Thank you both for your help. Sbrinz I am already very fond of mitfahrgelegenheit - I've used it to travel all over Germany
I will try and get down to Basel soon and hand over all my paperwork.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

As a student in CH, you might not need medical insurance from a Swiss health Krankenkasse/caisse maladie/cassa malati.

Switzerland signed several bilateral agreements with some EU member states also with regard to health insurance matters.

Please ask for some further information at KVG/Lamal at Solothurn. They will know for sure.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

Im non-EU and in Geneva, so perhaps not that relevant. But my B student permit took 3 months to be approved in-country. The time of year can also make a difference.

Re medical insurance. If you google - medical insurance, switzerland, student - all kinds of links will come up that will show that (as a student) you can apply for a kind of medical insurance exemption. I think the standard cost for medical insurance is about 300/month. However as a student you can get it for 100/month. Definitely worthwhile.

Yes, as others have said medical insurance gets backdated. But as others have also said, if your medical insurance starts 1-2 months AFTER your date of arrival the canton can overlook the slight difference in dates. They shouldn't... but they do.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

I applied at the end of July on an EU passport, they wrote back to ask for more details form my work contract which I sent back the same day, whole process took just over 3 weeks.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

Hi All,

If any one can respond with the approx duration it takes for getting a B permit once applied for and also if someone can throw some light on if it is possible to change your employer once you are on B permit?
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

I am in Aargau and applied on 2nd July..I got my B permit on Monday this week...9 weeks later....... I'm a Brit married to a Swiss.
We were married in Switzerland and my husband knows half the people in the Geminde because he grew up here and all his family still live here....... clearly that doesn't help things along.....
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I sent the photo copy of the B Permit to the driving license people on Monday afternoon and received my new Swiss license yesterday - so they processed that in one day
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I'm abit confused as to why your permits took long to process.I entered CH on Monday with a German passport and applied for my permit yesterday and I got it on the spot!It took all of 20min.But of course my information was already in the system.They knew who I was...
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

I got my working permit last week. I am a non-EU and my employer applied for a B permit (I got a permanent position GVA canton). The process took exactly 7 weeks from the date the dossier was lodged with the immigration authorities in Geneva. 6 weeks for first approval and 1 week more to have the FOM decision delivered. Hope it helps and good luck to all of you with your WP!! Be positive and hang on there!!
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

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I am curious as to how long it takes for all the paperwork to be processed. I obviously would like to have everything organised before I begin work.
If practical try to go to the local Gemeinde office (for the ward you will be staying in) before you begin studying and working. Like all good bureaucratic processes it will depend on how many cases are being worked on, backlog, etc, etc. As a EU citizen with a confirmed place at a Swiss university you shouldn't have any problems. Just make sure to bring all relevant docs and a passport photo. I'm also from UK and already had a job lined up so was all sorted within 2 weeks.

I would ask them at the same time what the conditions of you working are. How many hours max. etc.

As someone else mentioned, don't forget the health insurance. You may or may not need it, but look into this soon rather than later the 3 months will fly by and if you are supposed to have it, but don't the Gemeinde will follow up.

Enjoy your time in Switzerland.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

I am a Brit and I moved here with my Swiss wife on the 18th August. On the 20th August I went to the Gemeinde and applied for my B card. I am still waiting for it grrrrr. However the people at the Gemeinde are great and have given me a letter as proof that I am getting a B card. I have been sending that off with job applications. The bill for registring (45CHF) came through a couple of weeks ago.

It may have already been mentioned, but comparis.ch is a great website for insurance etc.
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

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From the UK you can be in Switzerland for 90 days before you need a permit.

Also you need to get medical insurance within 3 months of permit, so potentially 6 months before you start paying that. I know some people say it gets back dated to the permit date, but I got 3 months for free as mine started the first of the month after I applied even though I sent a copy of my permit.

My B permit took a week, I'd allow 2 weeks, and non EU probably takes longer.
In those first 90 days can you apply for jobs if you do not have a permit? Is it better to apply for jobs before committing to staying? or do you need the residence permit to be hired (coming from the UK)?
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Re: Permit B - how long does it take to process?

"In order to legally work in Basel, you need a residence permit issued by the Basel Migration Office. Generally, to get a residence permit, you need to either be enrolled in a school in Switzerland, or have a work contract in place."

Seems a bit contradictory?!?
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"In order to legally work in Basel, you need a residence permit issued by the Basel Migration Office. Generally, to get a residence permit, you need to either be enrolled in a school in Switzerland, or have a work contract in place."

Seems a bit contradictory?!?
If you're a citizen of the EU, you can register as a job seeker for 90 days. I believe you'll need a rental contract and proof of sufficient funds to support yourself for the timeframe. If you don't find a job, you can request a 3-month extension. If you do find a job, you take your work contract to the gemeinde and they change your permit from job seeker to employed.
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"In order to legally work in Basel, you need a residence permit issued by the Basel Migration Office. Generally, to get a residence permit, you need to either be enrolled in a school in Switzerland, or have a work contract in place."

Seems a bit contradictory?!?
No it doesn't. All you need is a work contract to get your permit (if you are EU).

So you;
- Look for a job
- Get offered a job
- They give you a contract
- You take contract to Gemeinde, fill out paperwork for permit, pay them
- You start work
- Your permit arrives some time later
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