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Problem with return visa

I have just applied for the job-seeking permit after my master studies in a Swiss university since my B-permit will expire on 28/2/2015. This was last week (18/2/2015). Due to some problems back home, I need to go back to my country (non-EU/ETA). I have booked my flights to fly back home on 2/3/2015 and come back to CH on 1/4/2015, which is one month away from Switzerland.

Therefore, I have to apply for a return visa. The population control told me that I could only be away from Switzerland for maximum 15 days since I am supposed to be seeking for a job (which means I must stay here). Then, they issued me a return visa from 2/3/2015 to 16/3/2015 since I told them I would be travelling starting from 2/3.

Now, I want to go home earlier to have more time at home since I haven't come back to my country for 3 years. I'm considering flying back home on 28/2 instead of 2/3.

My question is is it possible for me to ask them to reissue the return visa? If the answer is yes, is there any way for me to ask for a return visa that is valid for 1 month instead of 15 days ?
If not, is it ok for me to fly on 28/2 since my permit expires on 28/2 but my return visa is only valid from 2/3 ? That means on 1/3, both my permit and return visa are not valid.

Thank you very much for your help
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Re: Problem with return visa

Sounds to me that the migration office is being pretty reasonable - they understand that you need to return home while they are processing your 'follow-on' permit, so have issued you with the maximum duration of return visa that they can (15 days) based on the date you requested (2 March).

The justification for your 'follow-on' permit is that you are actively looking for work - if you leave the country for more than 15 days during this period, you will be breaking this agreement. I would rebook your return flight for 16 March to fit in with your return visa requirements, and plan another visit once you've got a permanent job and work permit (which has to be within six months anyway, or your 'follow-on' permit will expire).

I really wouldn't advise leaving the country without a valid visa in place - by all means, reapply for the return visa for 2 days earlier if you feel you have truly overwhelming personal reasons to do so, but I can't imagine that they would be able to extend the duration of absence, even if they are obliging enough to change the dates for you. Good luck!
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