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American, coming for school, can I bring partner?

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I'm an American coming to Switzerland for grad school (I'll have a student visa). Is it possible to bring my partner to Switzerland for more than 3 months if they can't find a job that will sponsor them for a work permit? My partner is also an American, has an advanced technical degree, and has lots of money saved up. Basically, he just wants to be able to live with me and work on personal projects. He'll look for a job that will sponsor him for a work permit, but in the mean time is there a "just hanging out" visa?

Like, if I have a student visa, is he allowed to come with me? I saw something about a "type D" visa - would that cover this case? Would we have to be married for this to apply?

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Re: American, coming for school, can I bring partner?

In Switzerland, there are Visas and Permits. A D-visa is what you get to allow you to enter the country, you will need one of these. Once you get here your visa is replaced by a residence permit.

There is no "hang-out" permit. There is an option to bring him as your dependant, you have to prove that you can support him financially, but this can be difficult if you are un-married.
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Re: American, coming for school, can I bring partner?

>In Switzerland, there are Visas and Permits. A D-visa is what you get to allow you to enter the country, you will need one of these. Once you get here your visa is replaced by a residence permit.

As a grad student, is this what I'll get? And that will let me take on my partner as a dependent if we're married? If he has a bank account with enough money to sustain himself, is that OK, or would it have to be a joint account (or in my name)?
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Re: American, coming for school, can I bring partner?

The problem is that Switzerland doesn't really recognise unmarried couples so effectively you're assessed as individuals. And no, there's nothing like a "just hanging out" visa. He can come here as a tourist for 3 months, but that's all. He has to leave again for another 3 months before he'd be allowed in again. Otherwise he needs an approved job offer or to be independently wealthy.

A Type D visa is needed to enter Switzerland legally long term so you need to apply for one yourself at the nearest Swiss embassy to be able to take up your student permit to study. But the permit is what allows you to live/work/study here, without one of those he can't stay past 3 months.
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>In Switzerland, there are Visas and Permits. A D-visa is what you get to allow you to enter the country, you will need one of these. Once you get here your visa is replaced by a residence permit.

As a grad student, is this what I'll get? And that will let me take on my partner as a dependent if we're married? If he has a bank account with enough money to sustain himself, is that OK, or would it have to be a joint account (or in my name)?
As a student, you will get a D-Visa followed by a B-permit. I'm not sure what options they accept regarding finances. But there is no guarantee that they will allow this for an un-married couple, you'd have to apply and see what they say.
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Ok. We have no problem getting married, been together for years, but we've never had a need before. If we do get married, he could stay with me? What permit/visa would he require?
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Ok. We have no problem getting married, been together for years, but we've never had a need before. If we do get married, he could stay with me? What permit/visa would he require?
It depends on each individual case as there's no automatic right for non-EU nationals holding a B permit to bring their family members with them (this assumes you are married).

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

What you need to go is get yourself into Switzerland and established here first and then apply for him to be allowed to join you. At the same time he needs to apply for a Type D visa at the nearest Swiss embassy, the two applications will be matched up during the process. If the Swiss authorities agree to allow him a dependent's permit he'll be contacted by the embassy to come and get the visa stamped in his passport. Once he enters Switzerland he then goes to the cantonal migration office to get the pre-approved permit issued. This process is the same for you by the way. Although you've already applied for the school you need to also apply for the visa at the embassy and if your permit is approved you'll be issued with the visa.

If the Swiss authorities don't grant him a dependent's permit then all he can do is visit you for 3 months at a time before he has to leave again.
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