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Renew B permit

Hi everyone,

I've been living in Switzerland two years with B permit because I was registered as a student. But my studies finish on August and I should renew it by September. Do you know if that is possible? If not, for how long can I stay in the country?

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Re: Renew B permit

You can stay as long as you want - providing: a) you get a job here, b) continue studying or c) register as a job seeker. All of the above depend on whether you have the financial resources to support yourself. If you go the job seeker route your B permit will be exchanged for an L permit for 3 months - this can be extended in 3 monthly intervals for up to a year providing you have the funds to support yourself.

If you decide to do none of the above then you can be here as a tourist for up to 3 months before you need to go back home or to another EU country.
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You can stay as long as you want - providing: a) you get a job here, b) continue studying or c) register as a job seeker. All of the above depend on whether you have the financial resources to support yourself. If you go the job seeker route your B permit will be exchanged for an L permit for 3 months - this can be extended in 3 monthly intervals for up to a year providing you have the funds to support yourself.

If you decide to do none of the above then you can be here as a tourist for up to 3 months before you need to go back home or to another EU country.
Thanks for the information! The problem is that I'll start a PhD, but probably I won't be able to register before November. Considering your reply, I'd say that it makes sense not to renew it and ask for a new permit once I can start the PhD. Is that correct?
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Thanks for the information! The problem is that I'll start a PhD, but probably I won't be able to register before November. Considering your reply, I'd say that it makes sense not to renew it and ask for a new permit once I can start the PhD. Is that correct?
Depends where you wanna spend September and October. If you want to spend them here: No!
If you leave the country for those two months, you could consider that but I think then you kind of start all over again, sounds like a hassle to me.
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Depends where you wanna spend September and October. If you want to spend them here: No!
If you leave the country for those two months, you could consider that but I think then you kind of start all over again, sounds like a hassle to me.
When you say start all over again, why is it a problem? I think I'm missing important information, because as far as I knew it doesn't matter for how long I've had the permit.

What would be the other option?
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When you say start all over again, why is it a problem? I think I'm missing important information, because as far as I knew it doesn't matter for how long I've had the permit.

What would be the other option?
I don't really understand your question.
Well, if you overstay your permit, you're here illegally. Not good if you want to stay on.
If you leave the country according to the actual permit and come back in November you have to apply again.

Look, I'm one who takes the simple/straight paths and as such I suggest you go to your Gemeinde/Kreisbüro end of August and just talk to them. They will advise you.
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I don't really understand your question.
Well, if you overstay your permit, you're here illegally. Not good if you want to stay on.
If you leave the country according to the actual permit and come back in November you have to apply again.

Look, I'm one who takes the simple/straight paths and as such I suggest you go to your Gemeinde/Kreisbüro end of August and just talk to them. They will advise you.
The question was if there was a direct negative consequence of applying again after losing it. But I think I'll do as you say, I'm sure they'll tell me what is best.
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Re: Renew B permit

There is no negative consequence of applying again when you start your PhD, apart from having to leave the country in between, cancel everything like health insurance..... Then set it all up again. It's just a hassle.
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Re: Renew B permit

You have a couple of choices, assuming you plan to leave Switzerland for a couple of months. Talk to the migration office and see if you can get your new permit based on your PhD employment contract, keep the place you're renting, your Swiss health insurance, etc, and then just come back and take up the employment in November.

If they won't let you get the permit early then you might be able to hang on to your place, but will have to cancel and then rejoin your Swiss health insurance, etc, when you return to Switzerland.

Third option, find some temporary job to do for those couple of months that's more than 50% a week to qualify for an L permit.
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