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UK national moving to Switzerland with non-married partner?

Hello!

Firstly I just want to say sorry if I break any forum rules or ask something which is regularly asked... I did browse the forum and use the search first but did not find an answer.

Anyway, myself and my non married partner of 6 years (both UK nationals) are considering moving to Switzerland in the near future. My company is opening an office and I have the opportunity to relocate. So for me, I know the residency permit should be straightforward as I would be an EU citizen with a Swiss employment contract. As for my partner, she would initially be unemployed and while she may find work we would want some security that she can join me for as long as we stay there (1-2 years), without stressing about if she needs to leave if she didn't find a job.

I have looked at the cost of living and know that I will be able to financially support the both us, but I dont have enough saved away to have the 30k Swiss FR in the bank.

So my question is will she be able to join me, without finding work or getting married? Any help is greatly appreciated, I have not been able to get an answer from the embassy or vfsglobal

Thank you very much!
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Old 24.05.2017, 23:44
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I have looked at the cost of living and know that I will be able to financially support the both us, but I dont have enough saved away to have the 30k Swiss FR in the bank.
Hi and welcome to the forum.

You and your partner are in the same position as we were when we arrived 18mths ago. Initially, we both got L permits valid 6mths. Once my partner could provide 3 wage slips to show that he was earning enought to cover the required 30K per year to support me, we applied for B permits. My partner's permit is for 5yrs and mine is for 2yrs, so that would be enough to cover you both staying here for 2yrs.

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Re: UK national moving to Switzerland with non-married partner?

Alternatively, you apply for a concubine permit for your partner (assuming they are opposite sex to you). For this you will have to agree to be financially responsible for them for 5 years.
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Re: UK national moving to Switzerland with non-married partner?

Thanks. Forgot to add that. For the B Permit, my reason for being in Switzerland was listed as 'lebenspartner'. Also, if you or your partner are divorced, please bring the Decree Absolute with you. I've been asked to provide it several times.
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Re: UK national moving to Switzerland with non-married partner?

Thanks for the replies! Really helpful. Regarding applying for the B permit, is this trival to get providing I can show the 3 wageslips? I assume this is that I would need to have 30k for each of us (so minimum 60k) per year?

I will for sure look into the concubine permit too. Thank you!
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Re: UK national moving to Switzerland with non-married partner?

Well if you're not married or in a registered same-sex partnership then concubine is the only permit available. The Swiss are keen on the two mentioned so the concubine is their way of dealing with those who haven't decided to tie the knot in some official fashion.
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