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Old 24.04.2008, 01:59
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

In order for your potential employer to be able to apply for a work permit you first need a valid "aufenthaltsbewilligung" ie a residency permit. This can only be applied for OUTSIDE of Switzerland. Usually the application for both is submitted at the same time. The Swiss authorities are not always fans of tourists coming in and trying to get a job... in particular now we have the bilateral agreements with the EU. This means, EU-nationals get first dibs, everyone else is second... so all I can say is good luck.
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Old 24.04.2008, 07:39
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

What the immigration officer said was that while an application was being processedyou can remain in Switzerland as long as you haven't exceeded a 3 month stay over 6 months. However, what he did not say was that to get the permit you need to pick up a visa from outside of Switzerland. This doesn't have to be done in the USA though. You could take a trip to Germany or France to pick it up from the embassy.

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Old 24.04.2008, 10:03
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

Bob is right, you have to pick up your Visa outside of Switzerland
since you are not EU. I have already done this twice, once in
Houston and once in Stuttgart.

Good places to find jobs are

www.monster.ch
www.topjobs.ch

Look into some of the universities and "Fachhochschulen". They
definitely have Master's programs.

One "Fachhochschule" is www.fernfachhochschule.ch

This is a distance learning program, and it is just one
example of a Master's.
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Old 24.04.2008, 12:30
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

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What the immigration officer said was that while an application was being processedyou can remain in Switzerland as long as you haven't exceeded a 3 month stay over 6 months. However, what he did not say was that to get the permit you need to pick up a visa from outside of Switzerland. This doesn't have to be done in the USA though. You could take a trip to Germany or France to pick it up from the embassy.
Your permit and entry visa will normally be processed separately, with the entry visa available for collection some time before the actual permit.

In addition to Swissbob's comments, your permit and entry visa application will also need to reflect the fact that you are applying for the permit from outside of Switzerland. Hence, your residential address, telephone numbers, etc., will have to be non-Swiss.

You will also have to nominate the embassy from which you will pick up your entry visa. After picking up your entry visa, it will need to be stamped at customs to evidence your date of entry, as this date will be used to process your permit.
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Was your passport scanned upon entry into Switzerland?
A little bit off topic... but how do you know if they've scanned your passport? I have been in and out of Switzerland multiple times now, and each and every time the customs officers barely glance at my passport let alone stamp it. I'm kind of bummed by that, but that's a whole other issue When you say they scan your passport upon entry, do they do it discreetly? Or do they stick it in a machine as I've seen done in Malaysia (that's where I come from)? Perhaps I should ask for a stamp next time I leave for a holiday Would love to have something to show for the time I've spent here and around Europe.
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Old 23.05.2008, 04:44
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

did you enter switzerland by car or by plane ?

if by plane you are in luck

a simple call from the customs to the airline and they will know the flight number the time of departure and arrival, the seat number, the number of luggages you checked, then number of times you went to the bathroom

and when leaving germany and arriving in Swizerland, i hope you said cheese because you are on the immigration cctv tapes. when boarding the plane , when leaving the plane, when getting your luggage...

don't worry they know who you are... just give them the flight number and you are fine they will find you....
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ok here is my doubt...
i aman american citizen..i got to switzerland almost 2 month ago...they didnt stamp my passport when igot here....they did stamp it when i did transit in poland on my way here...i am leaving on monday to the states cause they told me after 3 month i have to get out of the country for at least 30 days...but... how they know when i got here and when i have to leave if they dont know when i got here..NO STAMP....
sooo...you think i can just stay or at least just drive to germany and get a stamp on the wat back maybe if i buy a plane ticket? cause i really dont want to leave.....or can i just fly back to the states and come back whenever i want?
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Old 11.12.2009, 13:49
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ok here is my doubt...
i aman american citizen..i got to switzerland almost 2 month ago...they didnt stamp my passport when igot here....they did stamp it when i did transit in poland on my way here...i am leaving on monday to the states cause they told me after 3 month i have to get out of the country for at least 30 days...but... how they know when i got here and when i have to leave if they dont know when i got here..NO STAMP....
sooo...you think i can just stay or at least just drive to germany and get a stamp on the wat back maybe if i buy a plane ticket? cause i really dont want to leave.....or can i just fly back to the states and come back whenever i want?

Ok, here we go: You found a very old thread. Since then, Switzerland has joined the Schengen treaty. So you do not need to get your passport stamped, they are in fact not even controlling it at any border between "Schengen countries". So if you get a visa for one, like Switzerland, you are free to move around most parts of Europe. They know when you entered, because they scanned your passport on arrival at the airport.
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Old 11.12.2009, 14:01
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ok here is my doubt...
i aman american citizen..i got to switzerland almost 2 month ago...they didnt stamp my passport when igot here....they did stamp it when i did transit in poland on my way here...i am leaving on monday to the states cause they told me after 3 month i have to get out of the country for at least 30 days...but... how they know when i got here and when i have to leave if they dont know when i got here..NO STAMP....
sooo...you think i can just stay or at least just drive to germany and get a stamp on the wat back maybe if i buy a plane ticket? cause i really dont want to leave.....or can i just fly back to the states and come back whenever i want?
The 3 months in in the Schengen region, not just in Switzerland. So the stamp at the Polish border counts.
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They know when you entered, because they scanned your passport on arrival at the airport.
This is a depressingly common myth which has led to problems for easy-going travellers in the past.

There is no such Thing as a Schengen-wide electronic entry/exit record. Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain do record entries/Exits of non-EU/EFTA nationals, but only in national records, and other Schengen countries will not have Access to that info.

When scanning your passport, they only check the information stored within the machine-readable code.

So passport stamps remain vital.
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Re: Passport Stamp Denied

You do realise the last post in this thread is 8 years old. I think they've worked it out by now.
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Old 14.11.2017, 22:41
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You do realise the last post in this thread is 8 years old. I think they've worked it out by now.
Seems to be the hobby horse...
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So passport stamps remain vital.
No because the Schengen Convention was already in force in Switzerland at the time of OP's original post so it would have been impossible to get a valid Swiss stamp when crossing the CH/DE border.
Cf. RS 0.362.31
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