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My boyfriend (common law) has received a B permit to work at EPFL as a post doc student. We are however unsure about how I can stay there, I understand there is a 3 month allowance but would Switzerland recognize us as a common law and allow me to stay? We are going to get married but are waiting till the spring which is a little late (Moving there December 5th) so suggesting we get married won't really help.
Can anyone help me?
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Old 30.08.2012, 16:49
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Hi everyone!
My boyfriend (common law) has received a B permit to work at EPFL as a post doc student. We are however unsure about how I can stay there, I understand there is a 3 month allowance but would Switzerland recognize us as a common law and allow me to stay? We are going to get married but are waiting till the spring which is a little late (Moving there December 5th) so suggesting we get married won't really help.
Can anyone help me?
Thank you
Canadian common-law was not respected in Switzerland when I attempted the same in 2009. If my SO (ex now) wanted to stay longer, we would have to be officially married, then all would be ok.
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Re: Moving from Canada

Don't know exactly but I guess as long as you are not a family member you can't follow him to Switzerland just like that.
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Re: Moving from Canada

Gay civil partnerships are recognised. Straight not. At least, not without a lot of groundwork and with the result very much based on the whim of the officials you come across in the process. However, what is worth a try is setting a date for the wedding in Switzerland and applying for the so called fiance visa (doesn't really exist but there are a number of cases where an extended stay has been allowed up to the date of the wedding).
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Re: Moving from Canada

Does the wedding HAVE TO BE in Switzerland?
His family owns a castel in Scotland where we were planning on getting married.
Is there anyway around that?
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Does the wedding HAVE TO BE in Switzerland?
His family owns a castel in Scotland where we were planning on getting married.
Is there anyway around that?
I don't think the wedding has to be in CH (don't quote me on that). But here marriage and common-law are not equivalent (as in Canada from my understanding).
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I don't think the wedding has to be in CH (don't quote me on that). But here marriage and common-law are not equivalent (as in Canada from my understanding).
Ahh, I see.
My boyfriend contacted a immigration lawyer so maybe we can get light (will post it here to help anyone else in this situation)

Also, how is renting in Switzerland (Lausanne) with cats? We have three, (I know, THREE, but they're all adopted from high kill shelters) And I couldn't possibly not be without them.
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Re: Moving from Canada

The equivalent of common law is to register as a partner in an EU/EEA country which is then recognized under the bilaterals. But then marriage is probably easier in Scotland. If you can't be flexible on your goals, be flexible on the dates.
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The equivalent of common law is to register as a partner in an EU/EEA country which is then recognized under the bilaterals. But then marriage is probably easier in Scotland. If you can't be flexible on your goals, be flexible on the dates.
What would happen if we posted a date (told them we are going to get married say April 2nd, and than got married before that somewhere else.) we would still have the marriage licence, would that be okay?
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Re: Moving from Canada

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I don't think the wedding has to be in CH
It doesn`t, but the Swiss citizen must visit the embassy/consulate in the area they are married (example - Swiss embassy San Francisco for a Las Vegas wedding) before they return.
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