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Old 14.04.2008, 22:56
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US Consulate Zurich

Hi All!

Do I have to register myself at the US Consulate now that I am living in Switzerland...? o_O

The whole process (from the Swiss side) has been crazy easy! The City Hall asked why my passport wasn't stamped, the guy (i thought he was checking passports) just waved me through and said "Hi", no one checked my bags or identification ...passport looks as though it has just been issued...not a single blemish...is this "normal"...?

I think I just cruised under the radar... then again this is normal for me.

I'm sorry if this question has been asked, i just couldn't find anything on the US Consulate tho the Swiss side is done.

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Old 14.04.2008, 23:02
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

Hi I think it's pretty normal don't have your passport stamped when enter in Zurich, I haven't received any stamp several times, even asking for that. Now about register in the US consulate I don't know once I'm not from the US, but I think it could be a good idea.
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Old 14.04.2008, 23:05
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

Having arrived in Switzerland numerous times, by land and by air.... I have never received a stamp or has my bags been checked.

If you don't ask for a stamp in your passport, when moving in for example, you don't get one.

From your initial post, it appears that you are here for a job position...? If that is the case, possibly the employer already did the paperwork for you. Which makes it appear so much easier than it really is

Basically, no. You do not have to register with the Embassy. The Swiss know you are here and the Americans should get the same info from the Swiss. If you feel better, then give them a call or send them an e-mail. Probably wouldn't hurt
... I never did.

Either way, welcome!
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Hi All!

Do I have to register myself at the US Consulate now that I am living in Switzerland...? o_O

The whole process (from the Swiss side) has been crazy easy! The City Hall asked why my passport wasn't stamped, the guy (i thought he was checking passports) just waved me through and said "Hi", no one checked my bags or identification ...passport looks as though it has just been issued...not a single blemish...is this "normal"...?

I think I just cruised under the radar... then again this is normal for me.

I'm sorry if this question has been asked, i just couldn't find anything on the US Consulate tho the Swiss side is done.

Thanks ^__~
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

The U.S. government likes citizens to register so that it can keep tabs on you for tax purposes. However, there is one useful aspect to registering, at least if you do it in person and not over the internet. If you register and supply the consulate with a copy of your U.S. passport, it should, in theory at least, make it easier and quicker to get your passport replaced if it is lost or stolen (says she who had one taken at gunpoint and another lost, and is now questioned every time she enters the States....)
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Having arrived in Switzerland numerous times, by land and by air.... I have never received a stamp or has my bags been checked.

If you don't ask for a stamp in your passport, when moving in for example, you don't get one.

From your initial post, it appears that you are here for a job position...? If that is the case, possibly the employer already did the paperwork for you. Which makes it appear so much easier than it really is

Basically, no. You do not have to register with the Embassy. The Swiss know you are here and the Americans should get the same info from the Swiss. If you feel better, then give them a call or send them an e-mail. Probably wouldn't hurt
... I never did.

Either way, welcome!
Bests
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OK...thanks, it really seems easy getting in tho! ^__^ i really don't look suspicious....or maybe i do, i guess it depends on who ya ask ^__~

not with a job or company, i mean i do work everywhere (artist) but i moved here.

thanks!

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Re: US Consulate Zurich

msolis: thx...i will register, i guess someone should kno where i am since most of the time i don't even kno o_0

saraTG: didn't even think about lost passport! i have a visa thingy in my passport but i also have a green card like pass to carry around so i've been leaving the passport at home...it's also my permit/identification..thank you! ^____^
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

I think you'll find that the only Americans who carry their passports around in CH are tourists (with a few exceptions maybe). Leave it in a safe place at home.
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not with a job or company, i mean i do work everywhere (artist) but i moved here.
Stumbling here to get the whole picture...

You just packed your bags and moved to Switzerland?

Usually, residence in Switzerland requires more than a stamp in your passport I hope you have taken the steps to get the paperwork done. If not, then you are simply a tourist with a 3 month freebie pass to stay in, but not work in, Switzerland. Food for thought: suggest you organize health insurance here.

Basically I did the same, came to CH as a tourist. Found a job and got the permits to stay and work here. Was a challenge but managed without getting married (whew!).

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I think you'll find that the only Americans who carry their passports around in CH are tourists (with a few exceptions maybe). Leave it in a safe place at home.
If you live in a border area like Geneva or Basel, you might want to carry your passport with you. It saves you making a trip home to pick it up if you decide to make a spur of the moment trip across the border.
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

When I lived in the Middle East many years ago (two different countries), I went to the US Consulate in both places to register, and the clerks basically laughed at me, saying I was one of the few Americans who even bothered and treated it like a joke. I also met Americans who had lived in Iran and had to flee in 1979 and they warned me not to count on the consulate for any help whatsoever. (Of course, the likelihood of an Iranian-style revolution happening here in Switzerland is slim to none)

I didn't bother registering when I moved here, though I did have to renew my passport a couple of years ago, so I suppose they have me on file somewhere. And since I file US taxes as an expat, the IRS sends any correspondence to me here.

If you're worried about losing your passport and running into problems trying to replace it, make a couple of photocopies of your current passport (the cover and all the interior pages, especially those with identifying information and visas/stamps) as well as your Swiss Ausweis and lock those copies up in different safe places. This way, if anything is lost or stolen, you can present the photocopies to the consular officers and the police.

I usually carry both my passport and Ausweis if we're out driving because we've often done spur-of-the-moment trips to France and Germany that we couldn't have done otherwise. Otherwise, I keep them locked up at home.
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

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Stumbling here to get the whole picture...

You just packed your bags and moved to Switzerland?

Usually, residence in Switzerland requires more than a stamp in your passport I hope you have taken the steps to get the paperwork done. If not, then you are simply a tourist with a 3 month freebie pass to stay in, but not work in, Switzerland. Food for thought: suggest you organize health insurance here.

Basically I did the same, came to CH as a tourist. Found a job and got the permits to stay and work here. Was a challenge but managed without getting married (whew!).

bests
Oooh no, no no...sorry! ^__^

I am married to a Swiss dude! His dad passed away and left us his home. We had been working as a complete studio in both the US and International comic book/art industry with MUCH success.

I have been working on many art projects...Manga/Comic books, both writing and illustrating, fantasy for the German speaking countries, including Switzerland and now I'm working on a project with a major Swiss bank!

I was very thought out and took all the proper steps needed for Swiss immigration... my permit is for a year and is renewable.

I give you credit for packin' a bag and making your way! Wow..like a fantastic never ending journey created by...YOU! ^__^ Challenge with great rewards! So awesome! ^__~

Most positive thoughts to you!

Mary
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If you're worried about losing your passport and running into problems trying to replace it, make a couple of photocopies of your current passport (the cover and all the interior pages, especially those with identifying information and visas/stamps) as well as your Swiss Ausweis and lock those copies up in different safe places. This way, if anything is lost or stolen, you can present the photocopies to the consular officers and the police. quote]

Another good recommendation is scanning your documents and also putting them into an email (say a draft). This is good for traveling when you might not have copies nor your computer with you (you can always access email).
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

I don't know if there is the same system here, but in Thailand Americans are required to register at the embassy if they are staying more than a month. They get sent emails with regular updates on dodgy places to travel to via a warden who lives locally to them. When the coup that never really was happened I think they had plans in hand to evacuate American citizens. on the other hand, Switzerland is a tiny bit more stable than thailand
Also, on arrival in the Kingdom you must have a visa entered into your passport for virtually all nationalities valid for 90 days with extensions available only if you leave the country and re enter
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

i know this is an old topic but all I can tell you that the treatment one receives at the US Embassy in Bern is a joke. It is embarrassing how they teat people waiting for their visa appointment and how they nickel and dime you when you want to call them and ask a question. What a joke! Everyone receives a crappy treatment...US citizens and not. What a load of crap.

The reason why I was there is to get a visitor visa for my wife who is not a US citizen. She was told it will take 3 months for her to get a 5 year visa. They wanted to keep her passport but she refused. They notified her after a month that they are ready to give her the visa and to have the passport sent in. She sent it and got back a 1 year visa...

Sorry for venting. I was always surprised at my friends from all over about how they were treated in the various countries and I always made up excuses for it. Now, I get the direct experience of the arrogance.
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hmmm thanks Jaro, I had almost forgotten (blocked out) the rudeness at the embassy. I am hoping to go there to file for a Green card for my husband in case we want to move over there. Now I am remembering and realizing what I will have to deal with...
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hmmm thanks Jaro, I had almost forgotten (blocked out) the rudeness at the embassy. I am hoping to go there to file for a Green card for my husband in case we want to move over there. Now I am remembering and realizing what I will have to deal with...
would love to know what process you are taking to do so. I saw the immigrant and non-immigrant visa stuff on some site but not sure where to start. I want to avoid having to pay up for a visa each time I want to go...
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Re: US Consulate Zurich

Well I am american citizen, so I am hoping.... that it is easy for us to just file ect. But I am sure it won't be. But I will keep you posted. I am still trying to get ahold of the person I am needing to talk to... going on the 4th day of calling...
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Well I am american citizen, so I am hoping.... that it is easy for us to just file ect. But I am sure it won't be. But I will keep you posted. I am still trying to get ahold of the person I am needing to talk to... going on the 4th day of calling...
if you want to talk to someone than you pay like 15EUR for the privilege even if you are a US citizen. I sent them a nasty mail and got the cookie cutter response telling me:
"Unfortunately we cannot answer general questions or arrange appointments by email. Please consult our website http://bern.usembassy.gov or call our hotline 0900 87 84 72 (Fr. 2.50/Min) for further information."

The process is not easy....you file a petition, pay a $400 or so fee etc etc..
here is the info and process outlined:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra...ants_1340.html
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Well it wouldn't hurt to photocopy your Swiss ID, your US passport and Green Card and post the copies to the US Embassy in Bern.

As others have said, carry photo copies and keep your passport and green card in a safe place.

3 years ago I worked at the Bern US Embassy as a security guard. Many people thanked me for my nice attitude, and now I can see why!

When I was there any US citizen could walk in and re-new their US passport, or get extra pages inserted without any pre-amble. Nearly everyday someone would turn up in tears after everything had been stolen. One lady arrived with a New York library ticket as identity, but after a short discussion and a body search I let her in. Our problem was that the US Embassy had very strong rules, which would understandably mean instant dismisssal if they were broken. All visitors' electronic stuff and weapons were removed at the entrance, and one citizen wanted to call her husband in Fribourg to tell him she was delayed. I lent her my Handy and was then marched to the US security officer who actually complimented me on my good customer service.

The problem is that every nutter wants to go to the US and either shoot the President or take drugs and drive around California. Unfortunately the Embassy has had to impose charges to speak to them, otherwise they would just never get off the phone answering stupid questions.

I really felt sorry for Iranian citizens. Grandmothers wanting to see their grandchildren again etc. After paying the fees and getting all the paperwork, and taking a long interview, they were always refused. And never any refunds on the Visa fees!

While I was there a Serbian turned up and wanted to tell the US that the Kosovans were selling body organs! What on earth am I supposed to do? Well eventually the CIA guy came out and interviewed him in the street. Now it is in the press that the Kosovans were indeed selling Serbian organs.
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if you want to talk to someone than you pay like 15EUR for the privilege even if you are a US citizen. I sent them a nasty mail and got the cookie cutter response telling me:
"Unfortunately we cannot answer general questions or arrange appointments by email. Please consult our website http://bern.usembassy.gov or call our hotline 0900 87 84 72 (Fr. 2.50/Min) for further information."

The process is not easy....you file a petition, pay a $400 or so fee etc etc..
here is the info and process outlined:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigra...ants_1340.html
Of course, I should have known one I even got ahold of anyone they would be of no help! Thanks for the link however, I have been looking for this info all over! $400!!! I was expecting a fine, but not that high. Thanks anyways again
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