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Freezing permit for studies

Hello,

As a C-permit holder I am allowed to freeze my permit for max. 4 years for studies. Anybody there who has practical experience, ie. has actually done this? Can you take your spouse and children with you and freeze their permits as well if only one of the parents study?

I understand you need to get a form from your Gemeinde, fill it and return it with supporting documentation. Will an acceptance letter from the school be enough?
Please, what kind of documentation is required at this stage?

Will the permit freeze be only for the duration of the course, ie. you need to provide the Gemeinde the details of the course (duration etc.).

If the course takes about 3 years will they first approve a freeze of only two years and then you can apply to extend if you have not completed your course yet? Do you need to provide some documentation for this extension?

Then upon returning back to Switzerland before your freeze expires, do you just go to your Gemeinde and get your permit back. Do you need to show the Gemeinde some results of your studies?

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Old 08.03.2016, 08:21
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Re: Freezing permit for studies

Can't help with any personal experience, but moving abroad for further education is an accepted reason for putting a permit on hold.

As for your questions, best to ask your gemeinde admin office as they're the ones who'll say yes or no to putting your permits on hold. Tell them what you plan to do and see what they say before you commit to signing up for the course or filling in the application form for holding the permit/s.
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