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International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

Hi helpful people,

I'm coming to EPFL to do a postdoc starting August 1st, we'll be arriving July 26th. I'm EEC, and my wife is non-EU, so we have gotten the appropriate papers from EPFL and sent off to the embassy for her D visa. Once we arrive in Lausanne, we'll go to the commune and apply for our temporary resident permits. I have understood that my wife also needs to get a biometric card?

My concern is that my wife has been invited to present at a conference in Korea around the 20th of August. I'm wondering if we can assume that we will have the necessary documents by then. She would be flying directly from/to Switzerland - would they accept anything other than the biometric card at the border?

Of course, if she ended up getting a multiple-entry D visa, that would simplify things. She actually has a multiple entry Schengen-visa which is still valid - when I asked the Swiss embassy whether she could use this to enter Switzerland and then do the registration, they said no, she needed a D visa. But I'm wondering if that visa might be enough to get her back into Switzerland in August.

Any ideas and experience would be useful, thank you!
Stian
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

If the D is not expired by the time she comes back, no problem I think. In my case, my D expired before I got my permit, and I wanted to travel in the Schengen, so they gave me a new D. If you are worried her D is not multi entry, she can ask for a new multi entry D.
Yes, I said it, multi entry D!
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

When you go to register once you've arrived (within 14 days) ask for a document that says her permit is being processed. That should do the trick. It's unlikely that her permit would be processed quickly enough for her travel purposes.

Your wife does not qualify for a multi-entry Type D visa.

http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-types/

And you won't be starting your post doc on the 1st btw - it's National Day here and a holiday.
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

I know August 1st is National Day, but that's what my contract says What is the best place to be in Lausanne for National Day celebrations?

This sounds like she would qualify for a multi-D:
A pedagogical work at a higher institution or research center in any of the Schengen countries, regarding the person and its close family members.


I saw several mentions of a "re-entry visa" during further search, does anyone know what this is called in German/Swiss so I can find official information rather than just forum posts?

Thanks!
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

Since I assume you are coming here with a contract for at least a year, your wife should get a multi entry D visa. This has been the case since the Schengen Type C+D visas were stopped. Otherwise non-EU nationals remained stuck in their countries of residence for months until their residence cards were issued.

In the event of getting a single entry D visa, due to some bureaucratic mistake, a letter stating she has applied for a permit will be useless at the border, perhaps even to board the plane from Korea. She will need a return visa (The re-entry visa you refer to). This is usually granted at short notice, within a few days.

Your wife should apply for her Korean visa (If she needs one) where you are currently resident. Without getting her resident card she will be unable to apply for a Korean visa in Switzerland.
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

Thanks for all the responses. For future reference, here are details about the visa de retour from Canton Geneve: http://ge.ch/population/prestations/...visa-de-retour

Another question, is there any issue with getting paid by my employer before my B permit arrives - ie. could in theory the first month's payment be postponed? (And what is the usual monthly paydate in Switzerland - or is there a standard one? Couldn't find anything on EPFL's HR pages).
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Re: International travel while waiting for residence permit (non-EU spouse)

If she does not get her resident card or her D-visa expires by Aug 20, she can go to the migration office and ask for a multiple entry visa. It may cost but should not be a problem to get it.

In the past many people waiting to receive new residence card after renewal have done it if their card expired and they had to travel.

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Hi helpful people,

I'm coming to EPFL to do a postdoc starting August 1st, we'll be arriving July 26th. I'm EEC, and my wife is non-EU, so we have gotten the appropriate papers from EPFL and sent off to the embassy for her D visa. Once we arrive in Lausanne, we'll go to the commune and apply for our temporary resident permits. I have understood that my wife also needs to get a biometric card?

My concern is that my wife has been invited to present at a conference in Korea around the 20th of August. I'm wondering if we can assume that we will have the necessary documents by then. She would be flying directly from/to Switzerland - would they accept anything other than the biometric card at the border?

Of course, if she ended up getting a multiple-entry D visa, that would simplify things. She actually has a multiple entry Schengen-visa which is still valid - when I asked the Swiss embassy whether she could use this to enter Switzerland and then do the registration, they said no, she needed a D visa. But I'm wondering if that visa might be enough to get her back into Switzerland in August.

Any ideas and experience would be useful, thank you!
Stian
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Thanks for all the responses. For future reference, here are details about the visa de retour from Canton Geneve: http://ge.ch/population/prestations/...visa-de-retour

Another question, is there any issue with getting paid by my employer before my B permit arrives - ie. could in theory the first month's payment be postponed? (And what is the usual monthly paydate in Switzerland - or is there a standard one? Couldn't find anything on EPFL's HR pages).
That link is valid if you're going to be living in Geneva.
For Lausanne (Canton Vaud), its http://www.vd.ch/autorites/departeme...s-et-adresses/

No problem with getting paid until your residence card is ready. EPFL pays on the 25th or the earlier working day. Source: did my PhD there.
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