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When do I claim residency

My husband and I are currently in Lausanne right now on a 'vistors' visa, although he will be getting his B permit within a month. When must he go to the 'population office' (??), before or after the permit?

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Old 16.12.2012, 22:46
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Re: When do I claim residency

The work permit is the residency permit ( Combo permit has been in existence for some time now ). I guess the HR is arranging it for you / hubby.

Normally, one registers with the parish ( OCP - office cantonal de la population ) within 8 days from arrival into the country for the permit ( B ).

EU and non-EU Permits, Schengen, Naturalisation.

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Re: When do I claim residency

Its my understanding that we are just tourist right now as we are waiting for the permit.

Or am I wrong?
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Re: When do I claim residency

To add to jrspet's post. Whoever is assisting your husband with processing his permit would be able to give you a more precise answer. If you know that the final positive decision regarding the permit has been made, that's one thing. Under any other circumstances, your residency status is not existent.
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Re: When do I claim residency

If he is about to get his residency permit, I'm presuming he has been offered a job? If so, the HR people at his company should be able to assist. Speak to them.
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Re: When do I claim residency

Yeah, he has a contract and everything to start work at EPFL.
The secretary to the lab he'll be a post doc at is a little slow on replying though.
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Re: When do I claim residency

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Yeah, he has a contract and everything to start work at EPFL.
The secretary to the lab he'll be a post doc at is a little slow on replying though.
OK, fair enough. If he has an official letter and contract setting out the offer and the salary etc, then take them along to the local Gemeinde and simply ask them. They can advise you.
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Re: When do I claim residency

If you are on Canadian passports, and not dual citizens with a country in the EU or UK, then the normal process is:

- employer applies for work permit
- work permit is approved and you go to the swiss consulate general to pick up the entry visa.
- entry visa is stuck into your passport
- you travel to switzerland
- you take a copy of your work permit, apartment contract and passports to your local town hall (based on where you are going to live) and register within 8 days. You do this even if you are in temporary accommodation
- they will issue (on request) a paper document that confirms that you are registered with the local authorities, and then a request will come in the post to your registered address within one month, asking you to come back to get your permits. Paper permits may be issued at that point, and/or they will make an appointment for you to go to the migration authorities to get photo/fingerprint/signatures scanned for the card permits. Card permits get sent out after maybe 4-6 weeks after the photos are done, possibly sooner.

If you travel outside Switzerland before you have your card permit, then you definitely need to carry your passport and some documents to show that you are registered to live in Switzerland and the process is underway. You are technically also required to carry your passport when in Switzerland as well...
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Re: When do I claim residency

We registered at our local town for the day we came in, (mid-August 2011). We got our B permits sometime in Sept from the same place. HTH
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