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Visa/Perimt

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I am an American citizen. I came to Switzerland in August 2012 with my husband and we applied for my residential permit to live here. My permit is valid until the end of June, however I do not have a visa for Switzerland. If I have a permit is it required to also have a visa? Can I fly out of Switzerland with only my US passport and Swiss permit?
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Re: Visa/Perimt

I'm confused. How do you have a permit without a visa?
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Hello,

I am an American citizen. I came to Switzerland in August 2012 with my husband and we applied for my residential permit to live here. My permit is valid until the end of June, however I do not have a visa for Switzerland. If I have a permit is it required to also have a visa? Can I fly out of Switzerland with only my US passport and Swiss permit?
No. Yes.
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I'm confused. How do you have a permit without a visa?
The permit grants you the entry/exit permissions of the visa.
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The permit grants you the entry/exit permissions of the visa.
Just make sure you get your permit renewed before you go. Otherwise, if you plan to travel before then, ask your canton migration office for a letter explaining that your new permit is being processed and carry that with you.
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Just make sure you get your permit renewed before you go. Otherwise, if you plan to travel before then, ask your canton migration office for a letter explaining that your new permit is being processed and carry that with you.
In that case, the Migrationsamt will issue you a temporary visa for your travel. Only 100 CHF.

EDIT: If your permit is valid during the entire duration of your travel, you don't have to worry about visas or renewal. But, if your permit expires while you are out of the country, then yes, you need to get an entry visa if you don't receive your new permit prior to travelling. Depending on the circumstances (duration of travel, etc) I don't know how far in advance you can get the visa (as in getting it in Switzerland), but you should be able to present yourself at a Swiss Consulate (this may involve travel on your part) and apply for the visa there...
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Re: Visa/Perimt

Just as a note, i am not sure if you have L or B Permit but if you have an L permit that has already been renewed once don't expect them to issue a reentry visa because the L Permit can only be renewed once and after that you need to reapply for a B permit. I was stuck outside of Switzerland for 6 months waiting between my L and B permit.. it was a NIGHTMARE!!
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I'm confused. How do you have a permit without a visa?
I'm confused too, that's why I'm asking for help! I applied for the permit and had to write a letter stating why I did not have a visa. They sent me my permit with no problem. I'm concerned now that if I leave the Schegen area I may be permitted back in without a visa.
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Re: Visa/Perimt

I'm confused too, that's why I'm asking for help! I applied for the permit and had to write a letter stating why I did not have a visa. They sent me my permit with no problem. I'm concerned now that if I leave the Schegen area I may not be permitted back in without a visa.
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Re: Visa/Perimt

It sounds as if you originally entered Switzerland without applying for a Type D visa. You should have applied and received this from your local Swiss embassy before moving here. Once you arrived you then received your permit. The permit effectively takes the place of a visa for travel purposes. That's why you had to explain to the authorities why you didn't have a visa, as you didn't take the correct steps to enter Switzerland on a long term basis.

Hestia may have a good point there, so check with your canton migration office on what permit you're likely to get if you're planning on travelling any time soon. To be on the safe side, I wouldn't leave the country until you have the new permit in your possession.
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Re: Visa/Perimt

Thanks, but why would I need a new permit if my current one is valid until The end of June?
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Re: Visa/Perimt

You wouldn't if you're planning on travelling before then. But don't forget you have to apply for your new one at least two weeks before the current one expires. We just got the forms to renew our C permits, which also run out at the end of June.
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Oh, good thanks for that information. Perhaps I can get the renewal form and ask some questions on Monday.
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Re: Visa/Perimt

Yes, you might well be able to do so, although they might be sending them to you in the post, but it's certainly worth asking. What you don't want to do is be late applying, otherwise you'll get fined as well as having the cost of the new permit to pay.
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