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changing au pair visa to student visa

Dear all,

Does anyone ever experience this matter before?

I am non eu citizen and also currently an au pair. My permit will expire on August 4th 2013 and i got accepted in universite de neuchatel. I need to change my permit to student visa but i have a problem cause i want to go back to my country on july 2013 and if i apply in swiss embassy at my home country, i am affraid that it'll be not enough time.

Can someone suggest me what to do?i'm a bit confused for this matter.if it's easier that i won't go back to my home country then i will do it.

looking forward for your suggestion.Thank you in advance.
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Old 21.05.2013, 11:18
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

I am in exactly the same boat.
My au pair visa expires august 27th and program at universität luzern starts september 2nd.
My current visa is for the canton of zurich.
I have called immigration several times and have received such different answers on how to proceed that I am afraid I will listen to one and do it incorrectly and have my student visa be denied..

Have you received any advice or clarification on this matter?
Feel free to PM me!
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Old 21.05.2013, 11:29
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Hello,

Yea i contacted kanton neuchatel already and i need to fill in several form and also submitted all documents.They are processing my visa now but i need to follow up again for my visa status. Hopefully it'll go smooth also with you.But do you have any plan to go back to ur country before the university start??
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Old 21.05.2013, 11:32
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Are you an au pair in the same canton as your university?
I do plan on going home but only for a couple of weeks in july while my host family is away on holiday.
How much did it cost you? And do you mind if I ask what forms they required?
How long did they say the process would take? I need to get this figured out because I am quite nervous.

Thanks again for your help
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Old 22.05.2013, 11:26
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Hello,

No i am not an au pair from the same canton as my university. So it's a bit complicated for me.

It doesn't cost me any money yet but the most important thing is, i need to open bank account in kanton Neuchatel and deposit 20,000 CHF or i can provide a letter of guarantee from my family or friends who live in switzerland and provide the last 3 months salary slip.

The form u need to submit is : Application for long stay (D), CV, Plan to leave switzerland after graduation letter, your highschool diplome or ur university bachelor certificate, copy of ur id card, copy of ur passport.

It takes around 3 months to proceed this visa.I also planned to go back to my home country but i prefer to stay in my host family house during summer vacation cause it's complicated again to apply for visa if i come back to my new country so i better stay here in switzerland until my school start.
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Old 23.05.2013, 11:04
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

My uni is also in a different canton then where I currently am as an au pair, so I know what you mean about it being complicated..
I am a little confused about what you said about not going home... Are you not allowed to go home while your visa is being processed?
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Old 23.05.2013, 17:44
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Hi,

so in my situation, since my residence permit will expire at the beginning of August, I can't go back home at the end of July cause i need visa to enter Switzerland again So i decided to stay here with my host family. If i won't go back home then i dont need to apply for visa again in my home country and i just need to change my residence permit. Also it's easier for me cause to apply visa takes almost 3 months in my home country.

The migration office in here also said that if i'm going back home on July, then i have to apply visa again in my country and it takes about 3 months.whereas my university will start on September so it's kinda doesnt make any sense.

Also i got some recent news from migration office that i need to provide a proof of payment of my university and it's better to show my student id to them, the other documents to be given is either bank statement which stated that u have 20,000 CHF in ur bank account or a swiss guarantor who will grant to pay all of your expenses during ur stay in switzerland.For me i prefer to have a deposit money in my bank account so it's easier for the residence permit process.That's 2 most important things..

But i'm not sure if all kanton has the same rule or not.You have to make sure and call the migration office in ur university's kanton.
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Ohhh okay.
I do not think that applies to me since I will be going home before my current visa expires and most likely reentering on it since it does not expire until the 27th of August.
I already knew about the bank account and I am working on setting up a new one right now...

Thanks again for all your responses! It is nice to know someone is going through the same as me..

Do you know if there is any chance your visa could get denied...?
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

I would suggest you not to go home, at least not before you get your new student permit. Changing status within Switzerland is much easier than applying for a new visa from a Swiss Embassy. Wait till Christmas if you want to go home.
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Dear all,

Does anyone ever experience this matter before?

I am non eu citizen and also currently an au pair. My permit will expire on August 4th 2013 and i got accepted in universite de neuchatel. I need to change my permit to student visa but i have a problem cause i want to go back to my country on july 2013 and if i apply in swiss embassy at my home country, i am affraid that it'll be not enough time.

Can someone suggest me what to do?i'm a bit confused for this matter.if it's easier that i won't go back to my home country then i will do it.

looking forward for your suggestion.Thank you in advance.
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Old 24.05.2013, 23:28
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

My friend had to submit among others the following:

- Proof of payment of UZH tuition fees

- Proof of income or a certified bank statement with at least 20,000 CHF

- As she is American, she had to sign a couple of forms that the she will be leaving Switzerland after the completion of studies. Unfortunately there is no way she can get a residence or work permit later if she wants to stay here.

- Resume and a brief description of her future plans

Also I'm not sure about your nationality, but it's very hard for an American to open a bank account in Switzerland. It's definitely much easier for Canadian or Australian citizens...

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Hi,

so in my situation, since my residence permit will expire at the beginning of August, I can't go back home at the end of July cause i need visa to enter Switzerland again So i decided to stay here with my host family. If i won't go back home then i dont need to apply for visa again in my home country and i just need to change my residence permit. Also it's easier for me cause to apply visa takes almost 3 months in my home country.

The migration office in here also said that if i'm going back home on July, then i have to apply visa again in my country and it takes about 3 months.whereas my university will start on September so it's kinda doesnt make any sense.

Also i got some recent news from migration office that i need to provide a proof of payment of my university and it's better to show my student id to them, the other documents to be given is either bank statement which stated that u have 20,000 CHF in ur bank account or a swiss guarantor who will grant to pay all of your expenses during ur stay in switzerland.For me i prefer to have a deposit money in my bank account so it's easier for the residence permit process.That's 2 most important things..

But i'm not sure if all kanton has the same rule or not.You have to make sure and call the migration office in ur university's kanton.
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Hello,

Thank you so much for your respond. Well in my case, my residence permit will expire on the beginning of august and i can only pay my tuition fee on September 2013. i called my university if i can pay before september and they say no. I'm a bit confused with this situation tho.

Can someone suggest me what to do?
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Re: changing au pair visa to student visa

Hi,

How is your visa going??finally my student visa is granted so all i need to go is just go to canton authorization office and get my new residence permit.




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Ohhh okay.
I do not think that applies to me since I will be going home before my current visa expires and most likely reentering on it since it does not expire until the 27th of August.
I already knew about the bank account and I am working on setting up a new one right now...

Thanks again for all your responses! It is nice to know someone is going through the same as me..

Do you know if there is any chance your visa could get denied...?
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