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Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

I'm currently travelling internationally and need to go to the Swiss Consulate in Canada to pick up my Work Visa.

I have already received an authorization from the Geneva cantonal authority (initiated by my employer in Switzerland). I have a face-to-face appointment scheduled at the Consulate in Montreal. Their website says that the visa will take "Up to 15 days" but it doesn't say if this is for the mail-in visa, or granting in person.

I would contact the consulate directly about this, but they specifically say that they don't answer questions about time-frames except during the face-to-face meeting.

Anybody have experience with this? I just want to coordinate my international travel without being stuck there for 15 full days if I can avoid it. Is it possible they grant it during that face-to-face meeting?

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Old 16.06.2016, 16:39
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

You will not get your PERMIT which allows you to live/work here until you arrive in Geneva and go and register.

If your permit has already been approved then you'll need a Type D visa to be able to enter Switzerland long term legally. This is what the consulate will issue to you - it will be stamped in your passport. Whether they'll be able to do it at your meeting I don't know.
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

Thanks Medea,

Yes, I understand that. As I said in my post, I wanted to know about the processing time of the visa and whether they'll grant it during the meeting.
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Old 16.06.2016, 21:51
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

Can be anything from a few hours to two weeks. Depends on the consulate. In most European countries and North America, it usually takes one day, i.e. you leave the passport and pick it up again the following day. But I've seen others in e.g. Middle East and Asia wait for 2 weeks. If the consulate is unwilling to answer, I don't think anyone else here can give you a fully reliable answer either. Don't rely on the "one day only" rule, and keep your travel plans as flexible/open as possible.
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

Thanks Samaire,

That sounds like a reasonable response. I'll let you guys know how long it takes once it happens for statistical reasons.
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

Ah, the waiting is really difficult especially i have booked flights to Switzerland -- sorry same boat here.
The Consulate said they will forward my request (for type D visa) to SPOP. Once SPOP gives authorization, I would get my stamp on passport -- I may have to do face-to-face to save time. But it has been two weeks, the Consulate still has not forwarded the request to SPOP. So frustrating!!!

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Can be anything from a few hours to two weeks. Depends on the consulate. In most European countries and North America, it usually takes one day, i.e. you leave the passport and pick it up again the following day. But I've seen others in e.g. Middle East and Asia wait for 2 weeks. If the consulate is unwilling to answer, I don't think anyone else here can give you a fully reliable answer either. Don't rely on the "one day only" rule, and keep your travel plans as flexible/open as possible.
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I hope your ticket's refundable, because it's really not wise to book flights until you're sure the permit has been approved. Only when you know for sure that it is should you make any definite plans.
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

good idea. but it is always nerve-racking that i have a start date at the university to consider as well. Today the Swiss Consulate wrote back and said that they forwarded the request to Lausanne on Aug 29! now fingers crossed that people in Lausanne could speed up. so that i can get the authorization. then i will mail the passport to NYC right away...
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Re: Work Visa Processing Time (work permit pre-approved)

The thing is, until the permit is approved you can't work here plain and simple. So your proposed start date doesn't mean a great deal. If the permit is approved, the visa will be issued so it can be stamped in your passport. If, for some reason, it isn't then you won't be moving here to live and work.
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I hope your ticket's refundable, because it's really not wise to book flights until you're sure the permit has been approved. Only when you know for sure that it is should you make any definite plans.
He can always ask to pick up the visa in another country in Europe. So, no need for refundable tickets. If it gets rejected at least s/he will have had a Swiss holiday.

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good idea. but it is always nerve-racking that i have a start date at the university to consider as well. Today the Swiss Consulate wrote back and said that they forwarded the request to Lausanne on Aug 29! now fingers crossed that people in Lausanne could speed up. so that i can get the authorization. then i will mail the passport to NYC right away...
Your employer should understand that the time frame for granting visas is out of your control. Will it really make a big difference if you start a bit later?
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Yes, the employer (HR) is working on it.

I wouldn't mind starting a bit late. But the first days require preps for a seminar in which we present our research. It would be difficult to do it online.

Thanks. I understand that work permit is a condition for any engagement. Just saying that it would be a pity for not having it in time for research is all.

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The thing is, until the permit is approved you can't work here plain and simple. So your proposed start date doesn't mean a great deal. If the permit is approved, the visa will be issued so it can be stamped in your passport. If, for some reason, it isn't then you won't be moving here to live and work.

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