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Documents required for spouse application / registration

Hi! I'm looking for a list of documents for a spouse visa application/registration, but can't find it on official websites (like http://www.awa.zh.ch/). I checked the forum as well, but couldn't find the answer. Maybe someone has the relevant experience?

My husband (EU-national with employment contract, most likely will receive B permit according to the HR) and me (non-EU citizen with the UK residence permit, no employment contract in Switzerland) are moving together from the UK to Switzerland (Zurich). Then, in our understanding, we go to the local Kreisburo to register. My husband was provided with the list of documents required for his registration, but the HR in his firm has no idea about me.

So, the questions are:

1. Should I provide the same documents as my husband (passport, photo, tenancy agreement) + probably marriage certificate in the Kreisburo? My husband's employer asked him for tonnes of documents like birth certificate, criminal record check etc. I'm wondering whether I have to provide the same at some point?

2. Should we apply simultaneously or I wait first when my husband's permit is ready?

3. Is the Kreisburo the only place to go or I have to apply somewhere else, like Migration Office?

I would be really grateful for any information!
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Old 17.10.2014, 09:57
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

You're unlikely to be able to do this at the same time. This is because there is no "right" for non-EU nationals to bring their families to Switzerland with them for B/L permit holders. It's down to the cantonal authorities whether to allow this, though they frequently do so don't worry on that side of things.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification

What he needs to do is move over here and get established first, registering and picking up his permit, finding accommodation for you both as per the instructions in the link. Then he needs to apply for you to join him here as his dependent by going to the Kreisburo. At the same time you need to apply at the Swiss embassy in London for a Type D visa (he'll need one too so make you get that application going soon if you haven't already) which allows you to enter Switzerland long term legally. If the dependent permit application is approved by the cantonal authorities then you'll be notified to come and get your visa stamped in your passport. You'll then have a certain amount of time to make the move to Switzerland to join him.

You will need recent copies (less than 6 months) of birth certificate and marriage certificate. Check with the canton migration office for what else you may need. These documents will need to be in either a Swiss language (German preferably for Zurich) or English so you may need to arrange translations and get them legalised - check with the Swiss embassy on exactly how that needs to be done.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Thank you so much!

I've heard that some people would travel to Switzerland with a tourist visa and then apply for family reunification staying there. Is it just rumours or it's indeed possible? I called the helpline in Zurich and they were uncertain about this, answered that normally I have to be in my country of origin to apply for D visa and they haven't heard about people with tourist visas applying straight from Zurich. At the same time, the didn't say "no"...
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Thank you so much!

I've heard that some people would travel to Switzerland with a tourist visa and then apply for family reunification staying there. Is it just rumours or it's indeed possible? I called the helpline in Zurich and they were uncertain about this, answered that normally I have to be in my country of origin to apply for D visa and they haven't heard about people with tourist visas applying straight from Zurich. At the same time, the didn't say "no"...
Since you are a resident of the EU married to an EU citizen, you don't need a D visa. You can come here and follow your husband as you have the right under the free movement agreements to do so.

I don't know why your husband's company is applying for his permit for him, as usually as an EU citizen he should do that himself at the commune or the relevant authorities when he arrives and you do it at the same time as him if you arrive together.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Hi MiniMia, my husband's company is not applying for him. He will just move to Switzerland and register when he arrives. As for me, the problem is that I have a UK residence permit and this one, as I understood, does not allow me to come to Switzerland with my husband. The fact that my husband is EU national (French) alone does not give me the right to enter Switzerland either. When I called the help line in Zurich they told me that if I had a French residence permit then no problem I could come to Switzerland, but the UK one doesn't work.
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Hi MiniMia, my husband's company is not applying for him. He will just move to Switzerland and register when he arrives. As for me, the problem is that I have a UK residence permit and this one, as I understood, does not allow me to come to Switzerland with my husband. The fact that my husband is EU national (French) alone does not give me the right to enter Switzerland either. When I called the help line in Zurich they told me that if I had a French residence permit then no problem I could come to Switzerland, but the UK one doesn't work.
I forget that the UK is not in Schengen.

As a spouse of an EU national you have the right to live with him in Switzerland. Now whether you need an entry visa is related to what country you are from.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Ah, sorry I missed that he was EU, I thought you were both non-EU nationals. In which case yes, you can come over under the family reunification scheme.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta

Yes, depending on your nationality you will need a Type D visa so check that here:

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...oerigkeit.html

or with the Swiss embassy in London.

Coming here on a tourist visa and then applying is frowned upon so I wouldn't advise it. Zurich seems to be particularly strict about the rules and would probably insist that you at least go outside of Switzerland to apply (Germany/France) or may even insist you go back to the UK to get a Type D visa if you need it. You would have to stay out of Switzerland until you get the visa and that can take months so best to do it before you leave.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Thank you for the advice. Unfortunately, I can't apply before we leave as we need my husband's work permit to apply for visa D. Which means that he moves first, gets his permit and only then I can apply. And you're right, it might take months... We don't want to be separated for such a long time. That's why I was wondering about tourist visa.
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If you do need a tourist visa to visit Switzerland then applying for that and then applying for the long term one could cause confusion and delay the Type D one even longer.

Best to wait and if possible he can fly back at weekends until your permit is approved. You may be lucky and it'll only take a few weeks, rather than months.

It's not nice, but it can be borne with. I had 18 months of my OH working down in Kent while I was up in Cheshire at our house, him coming home only late on Friday night and returning Sunday evening, then another year of him commuting weekly to Amsterdam before he got his job here. He moved over in the June and I finally followed in the September once we'd sorted out all the moving stuff and he didn't come back during those 4 months until we started the actual move. I used an American passport at that time so needed the Type D to enter Switzerland to be with him.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Ehhh...Well, I agree it's better to do it right. I don't want to have problems with Swiss authorities. I'm sorry you had to go through this. We had a period of living separately because of our jobs, and it was awful.

Thank you for the info, you straighten me up. For some reason, we were sure that I can travel with my husband from London to Zurich (we rented a van to move our stuff) without a visa and apply there. We travelled like this all around Europe and didn't know that Switzerland was an exception. I can imagine our faces at the border when Swiss custom officers refuse my entrance !

I've contacted my local Swiss embassy to get the list of documents for D visa. Hopefully, it will go fast!
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It's because Switzerland isn't part of the EU, although they have a lot of agreements with them of course. It can throw up oddities like this. It should work out fine and hopefully not take too long.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Update: I've got my B permit in Switzerland without leaving to my home country.

In case someone is in a similar situation: My husband is an EU citizen, I'm a non-EU citizen. We moved from the UK, and I had a UK residence permit + 5 year Schengen visa for a family member of an EU citizen (I entered Switzerland with this Schengen visa).

We went together to register and provided my husband's employment agreement, rental agreement, marriage certificate, family book and both our passports. We also had birth certificates and no-convictions certificates, but they were not needed.

All in all it took less than 3 weeks to receive B permits for both of us.
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Re: Documents required for spouse application / registration

Hi DreiKameraden

May I ask in which Canton did you apply?

I and my fiance are in a similar situation. He is EU-national and I am non-EU.
He works and registers in Canton Bern already over a year now with B permit. I on the other hand work in Germany with EU Blue Card.

We are getting marrid in June and after that I plan to move to Switzerland with him and start working in August (I am in interview process for this job under condition that I hold a Swiss working permit). Therefore, I need to get Permit B before 1.August.

I wonder if anybody has the experience applying in Canton Bern? How long did it take you and what did you need to provide?

Really appreciate your answers. Gaby
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