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Old 09.03.2008, 13:53
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[venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Arrived in Zurich Oct. 17 (I'm an EU-citizen, married to a Canadian), immediately did all the kreisburo/immigration stuff. After 4 months, called the immigration office, they spent some time looking at my record while i was on the phone and then said yeah yeah everything's fine, just takes more time. I'm getting annoyed b/c i can't convert my driver's license, get a credit card, get a library card, and a few other things important to me until i get my permit.

Lots of others in my same situation, sure... but lots of my co-workers in the same situation got their permits in 2 to 3 weeks... i'm hoping I get mine before the half-year mark

Ok fire away with the "grin and bear it this is what the swiss stuff is like" posts...
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Old 09.03.2008, 14:08
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

I'd wander down to the Kreisburo in person and see what's going on. Could be that someone went on vacation, so you didn't get notified properly. Your permit could be sitting in a drawer someplace there.
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Old 09.03.2008, 14:16
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

thanks very much for the idea, but in a rare flash of inspiration i did exactly that last week. that's why I called the immigration office directly -- the nice guy at the kreisburo told me there's nothing going on at the kreisburo, and they couldn't help. I have to say, although this process is frustrating, the people are at least very kind and helpful. A lot better than I can say of many other countries i've lived in...
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Old 09.03.2008, 14:22
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Hi, we managed to get a credit card and library card by using the confirmation/receipt page given to us by our local kreisburo (can't remember how much this cost but it is a temporary measure while your permits are being processed). The library card took a bit of convincing but I still got one for both the main library here in Zurich and the Pestalozzi library. We are Australian non EU passport holders. Have you tried using a letter of recommendation from your place of work in conjunction with your proof of residence confirmation to apply for the various cards etc?

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Old 09.03.2008, 14:28
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Getting a letter from the Kreisburo, or a contact number from them of someone that the license office, etc can call to confirm you status could be helpful. When I lived in Baselland, my community gave me the number of someone that could be called if someone needed to verify that I actually belonged here while my permit was being renewed.
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Arrived in Zurich Oct. 17 (I'm an EU-citizen, married to a Canadian), immediately did all the kreisburo/immigration stuff. After 4 months, called the immigration office, they spent some time looking at my record while i was on the phone and then said yeah yeah everything's fine, just takes more time. I'm getting annoyed b/c i can't convert my driver's license, get a credit card, get a library card, and a few other things important to me until i get my permit.

Lots of others in my same situation, sure... but lots of my co-workers in the same situation got their permits in 2 to 3 weeks... i'm hoping I get mine before the half-year mark

Ok fire away with the "grin and bear it this is what the swiss stuff is like" posts...
For Zurich that does seem a bit strange - what is your nationality?
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Old 09.03.2008, 15:30
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

It took 7 months for my permit to arrive. I know how frustrating it is. Especially since it took Lausanne 6 months to acknowledge my application and then sending me a letter asking for more documentation. I got it reasonably quickly after that.
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Old 09.03.2008, 16:09
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Took 5 1/2 months for me (Zürich, B permit, US citizen) so hang in there!
I hear you though about it being an inconvenience in the meantime.
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Old 09.03.2008, 17:24
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Hi Worrelpa:
7 months I think is a lot of time...I would like to know: work Permit or Residence Permit?. - EU or Non-EU?. I might be in a similar situation...
Thanks!.
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

residence permits seem quicker but work permits - OK mine was 4 years ago - took the best part of a year to be self employed. sure swissbob will tell you its different though
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Old 09.03.2008, 19:44
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Mine was an residence B permit. I'm a British Citizen therefore (EU), married to a Swiss Woman who works for the Swiss Government. It still didn't help me though.
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

My wife and I have been waiting 2.5 months (which is a problem for her, seeing as in theory she needs to leave the country after three months are up). I'm going to call up the Kloten Gemeinde again tomorrow to see if there's been any progress. We've now actually moved to Zollikon, but I'm not game to let that slip just yet because I'm sure it'll just make things take even longer. Fortunately I managed to get mail forwarding setup before we moved out of the short-term accommodation we were staying in at Kloten.

I am EU (British). She is Australian. Neither of those seem to me to be places that should result in much additional delay.

Very annoying not to be able to get a credit card (although the "confirmation" or whatever it is they charge CHF30 for was at least enough for UBS to open us some bank accounts). Fortunately we have a transaction-fee-free card from Oz and a reasonable chunk of savings sitting there to use in the interim.

What is particularly frustrating about this sort of thing is knowing that it almost certainly involves only a few hours of someone's "real time" and the rest just comes while bits of paper are shuffled up and down someone's inbox/outbox.

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Old 09.03.2008, 20:52
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Heya,

What bank are you with is OZ?

Be weary, because even the fee free accounts still charge you withdrawal fees from OS atm's.
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Heya,

What bank are you with is OZ?

Be weary, because even the fee free accounts still charge you withdrawal fees from OS atm's.
We have a Wizard Clear Advantage Mastercard, which has no fees on international purchases. Further, it looks like currency conversions are made at the "real" exchange rate rather than the less favourable on you get transferring (or withdrawing) cash.

Of course, this only works for purchases, not cash withdrawals/advances. But we've been using it for groceries, monthly train tickets, airfares, etc. It's been fantastic and easily saved us $thousands.

I can't recommend one of these enough for anyone travelling overseas from Australia. Exposes the ~10% you lose with any other bank's credit card while overaseas as the insulting rort that it is.
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Old 09.03.2008, 22:17
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Ah, nice. I am all good, as my permit arrived promptly. I just have my St George debit card for emergencies
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

You are allowed to wait in the country and work if you don't have your residency/work permit for 7 months? Is that because you are EU? I was under the impression that you cannot do anything until you have all those papers?
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Normally if you are Eu they will let you continue to work whilst they process your permit. I think there is a limit of 3 months after which you must have your permit.

I was not working when I arrived that is probably why I got kicked to the back of the queue. No urgency.
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

Update: got my permit! A 5-year B permit! And even better, they gave my wife (a canadian, non-EU national) a B-permit that allows her to work!

It was worth the wait
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Old 06.04.2008, 01:23
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Update: got my permit! A 5-year B permit! And even better, they gave my wife (a canadian, non-EU national) a B-permit that allows her to work!

It was worth the wait
Congrats, whens the party
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Re: [venting] 5 months, still no permit...

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