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Old 21.11.2014, 22:28
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What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

Does anyone have any experience of applying to renew a B permit while self-employed?

My self-employed girlfriend received her renewal form today - we thought it wouldn't be until next summer because although she arrived in Switzerland in January 2009, she was on a different permit until that summer. But sure enough, having just looked at her current permit (for the first time in 4.5 years) it's due to expire on the 6th Jan. And knowing how long it can be between communications from the Migrationsamt, if she doesn't get her permit renewed we'll have very little time.

The reason for our concern is that, due to illness, she's been earning very little and the worry is that the Migrationsamt will decide that she doesn't earn enough to support herself.

Wen I recently renewed my permit I wasn't asked for proof of earnings, but obviously her employment situation is different so I'd appreciate some foreknowledge of what they might be expecting from her.
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Re: What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

The fact that, as you say, she earns enough to support herself. Is her business viable long term? Are you self-employed too? If not and you're an employee I wouldn't expect you to have to present any figures. What savings do you/she have in the bank to tide you over?
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Old 21.11.2014, 22:43
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Re: What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

I'm not self-employed, no. As for bank balance, we have the equivalent of about 6 or 7 months of my salary.

And as for the long-term viability of her business, she has two clients that she works for. She doesn't plan to take on any more because of her condition; she does as much as she feels she can. That said, those two clients offer secure business, but neither are Swiss.
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Re: What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

Um, depending on what she does I wonder if they will consider her as self-employed with only 2 clients. Does she already have a self-employed permit or is this a change to her permit status? How many clients has she had before her illness?

You do know the easiest solution to this problem, don't you? Marriage.
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Re: What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

This isn't a change to her status. She initially had a 6-month permit and in an effort to find a way to live here, because she had this pre-existing, limiting health condition, she became self-employed. She found two clients almost immediately and has carried on at the same level ever since late summer 2010.

She's up-to-date with her taxes and there's never been any question regarding how she's supporting herself.

>> You do know the easiest solution to this problem, don't you?

Er... yeah, that has crossed my mind, but... given the time between her permit expiry, the 2+ weeks for the Migrationsamt to reply to anything, and the fact that we'll be out of the country for about 10 days over Christmas and New Year, we would have very little time to arrange it. Besides, wouldn't they look negatively upon an application for a permit which was about to expire, and then suddenly "but I've just got married... to a non-Swiss"?
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Re: What does the Migrationsamt look for when self-employed and renewing a 'B'?

Well, if she's been working like this for a few years, providing the finances are okay, there shouldn't be a problem with renewing. I really depends on how strictly your canton is in enforcing the rules since the recent immigration curb vote.

I was thinking more along the lines of maybe she gets a permit that doesn't allow her to work for a few months whle you arrange a wedding and then she'd get a permit as your dependent and could go back to work then. But depends on her nationality and whether they'd accept your savings as being enough for this.

As a rough figure work to CHF100 a day so she needs to be earning around CHF3,000 a month I would guess.
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