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Visa for Family Reunification - Update

Concerning my previous thread - how long will the visa process take?

Some of you were wrongggggg. Suck it.

Moving on, I would like to tell others about the experience/what I did, so maybe it can help someone!

I applied for my Family Reunification visa to stay in Switzerland with my non-Eu husband (Canadian). We came to Switzerland to find a place December 6th, both of us on the 90-day visiting visa, which was one month before he started his job/got his visa (he received his visa December 27th - almost exactly 6 weeks from when he submitted his application back in Toronto) However, I couldn't apply for my visa until he had his Permit B and his job and the visa office back in Toronto informed us that he could not get it until he had his visa. Which means, I couldn't apply for my visa until he had his permit B number. Fast forward, I sent all my paperwork back to the Swiss Embassy in Toronto and they filed my application January 21st. The problem was I needed to be out of Switzerland by March 5th (TOMORROW!) as it was my 90th day. we had our fingers crossed that it was enough time (Ive seen people get it between 4-7 weeks) but we didn't want to push our luck so my husband contacted the population office in Renens explaining the whole situation. We went to the office last week and received a form we needed to have filled out with attachements. We did everything on the list and handed it in, and now I can stay here (past the 90 days) and wait for my visa to be processed, instead of living the country.

Things you need to apply for an extension;
Identity photo (those photo booths at the main train stations)
A letter explaining why you would like the extension, plus how much your significant other makes. (by the way, does anyone know the 'preferred' income for a couple is?)
Colour copy of the passport (If you can't get a colour copy, they will copy it for you)
A copy of your marriage certificate.
And the form filled out

Also, 137 CHF!
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