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Family Reunion related queries

Hi to all,

I recently moved to Switzerland from Germany. My Family, wife and 2 children, are still in Germany. Now a days i am searching for an appartment around Zürich. My intentions to move to Switzerland are, more earning, living better and last but not least taking care of my parents. So far i have not got any Residence Permit, it is under process although i have start working in Zürich as Software Engineer. I want to invite my parents from Pakistan and in this regard, i have following queries

1- How large enough an apartment must be to accomodate 4 adults and 2 children? Ssome where i have read that aparmtment must be large enough to accomodate your dependents. But i have not found any proper definition. In germany one have to have atleast 12sqm.

2- How much yearly salary one must have to sponsor, Family Renuion, its parents and wife? Is there any atleast amount has been specifed for one person, who desire to live in Switzerland?

3- Where i have to apply a family reunion visa for my parents, i mean ,should i mention in any Swiss office to get proper invitation or is it enough if they apply directly to Swiss embassy in Pakistan ?

4- What kind of issuse should i take in account, in order to invite my parents.

It would be great for me, if someone can share its experience or any older related post.

Thanks for your suggestions and replies.


PS: Im German National as well as both Children. My wife is holding German Residence Permit along Pakistani Nationality. Both parents are Pakistani national.
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Re: Family Reunion related queries

Depending on the age of your children you're going to need 3/4 bedrooms, 1 for you, 1 for your parents and either another 1 for both kids if they're quite young and can share or 1 each if they're older. So 4 (living/3 bed), 4.5 (living/dining combined, 3 bed), 5 (living, 4 bed) or 5.5 (living/dining combined, 4 bed).

The general rule to work to for one person is CHF100 a day, but you should check with your canton's migration office on what figure they would consider adequate to support 5 more mouths. Each canton is different as depending on where you live can make a big difference in living costs.


However, you can only bring your parents over if they can prove they are already financially dependent on you.

Who may apply for family members to join them and reside in Switzerland?
  • Spouses
  • Children or grandchildren who are under 21 years of age or who financially depend on the petitioner
  • Parent(s) and grandparent(s), provided that they financially depend on the petitioner (they must prove that they were dependent on the petitioner before entering Switzerland).

I would be wary of uprooting your parents from everything they know and plonking them down in a strange country where they don't speak the language. They will feel isolated, have difficulty making new friends and will not be able to communicate with others easily.
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