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Non-EU Married to Swiss Citizen, Moving

Hello,

This is my first time posting here and I am just starting to research so any help would be greatly appreciated

I am Canadian, my husband is dual citizen Swiss-Canadian. We both currently live in Canada (and he has lived in Canada for the past 20+ years so not very familiar with Switzerland anymore). We are interested in moving to Switzerland within the next year. He doesn't have a job lined up yet so the canton is unknown.

My understanding of the normal process is:

1) I apply for Type D Visa in Canada
2) He applies for Family Reunification permit in Switzerland
3) Hopefully they both get approved and they match up then I'm allowed to move to Switzerland after 6-12 weeks(ish) processing time and join my husband.

Does anyone know if we can complete step 2 (apply for Family Reunification) from the Swiss consulate in Canada? Ideally we would like to move to Switzerland together at the same time, rather than have him move ahead of time. I've read through the last few pages on the forums and haven't found anything that quite matched our scenario, with my husband actually being Swiss (not sure if that makes a difference) so I thought I'd reach out. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Having a hard time getting a clear answer on the official websites

Thanks!
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Old 21.07.2016, 08:47
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Re: Non-EU Married to Swiss Citizen, Moving

Well, you can try as he's a Swiss citizen. Talk to the embassy/consulate, they'll be able to advise you. You just might need the Type D visa and then can sort out the rest once you're here.

More general info here:

http://aso.ch/files/webcontent/recht..._with_logo.pdf

However, don't underestimate the problems of returning "home". Many Swiss nationals have difficulty re-integrating back into Swiss life/customs. It can be done, but be prepared for it to possibly be a bit more rocky than he imagines.
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Hello,

This is my first time posting here and I am just starting to research so any help would be greatly appreciated

I am Canadian, my husband is dual citizen Swiss-Canadian. We both currently live in Canada (and he has lived in Canada for the past 20+ years so not very familiar with Switzerland anymore). We are interested in moving to Switzerland within the next year. He doesn't have a job lined up yet so the canton is unknown.

My understanding of the normal process is:

1) I apply for Type D Visa in Canada
2) He applies for Family Reunification permit in Switzerland
3) Hopefully they both get approved and they match up then I'm allowed to move to Switzerland after 6-12 weeks(ish) processing time and join my husband.

Does anyone know if we can complete step 2 (apply for Family Reunification) from the Swiss consulate in Canada? Ideally we would like to move to Switzerland together at the same time, rather than have him move ahead of time. I've read through the last few pages on the forums and haven't found anything that quite matched our scenario, with my husband actually being Swiss (not sure if that makes a difference) so I thought I'd reach out. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Having a hard time getting a clear answer on the official websites

Thanks!
Hi, Oseberle! Did you ever find a good answer to this? I'm in the exact same situation as you, only I'm American. My husband is Swiss, and we would like to move to Switzerland together. But it is unclear with the Visa D if we can move together or if he has to move before me.
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Hi, Oseberle! Did you ever find a good answer to this? I'm in the exact same situation as you, only I'm American. My husband is Swiss, and we would like to move to Switzerland together. But it is unclear with the Visa D if we can move together or if he has to move before me.
Welcome to the Forum. Does your husband already have a job or a decent amount of savings? If so, you can start the paperwork there and move at the same time if it's all in order.
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Hi, Oseberle! Did you ever find a good answer to this? I'm in the exact same situation as you, only I'm American. My husband is Swiss, and we would like to move to Switzerland together. But it is unclear with the Visa D if we can move together or if he has to move before me.
According to the law there's not much difference, if any, between your case and mine.

I also wanted to enter Switzerland with my wife and we went through this process.

Requirements may vary from Canton to Canton and even between municipalities. Where are you specifically migrating to?
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