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Actual wait times for D Visa - non-EU

Due to some miscommunication between the canton, my future employer and me, I have had to urgently submit my application for a D Visa (long-stay) to a Swiss consulate in Canada (I had been waiting for the permit and SYMIC number to be issued by the canton for 3 months only to find out that I was deemed a student...see my other recent post).

Does anyone have any recent experience applying for a D visa (without SYMIC number) from overseas?

The consulates here list 6-15 weeks. How long does it take in practice?

Thank you!
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Re: Actual wait times for D Visa - non-EU

Hi! I applied for my Visa D 10 weeks ago and i am still waiting(applied from Costa Rica) and i am still waiting. In this case, you just have to wait and see because it is impossible to know exact dates or exact time of how long can these things take.
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Thanks for the reply. I hope it goes quickly for you... and for me.
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You're welcome! Yes, hope everything goes better for you. I am still waiting!
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Re: Actual wait times for D Visa - non-EU

I did it at the swiss consulate in Vancouver end of 2014. The uni submitted all the documents before Christmas and I submitted my documents Dec ~14. I got authorization first week of January.

Can be extremely quick sometimes.
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Re: Actual wait times for D Visa - non-EU

Nice! I am hoping that I have a similar experience!

I must say that the Montreal consulate has been very understanding and quick on their side of things.
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Nice! I am hoping that I have a similar experience!

I must say that the Montreal consulate has been very understanding and quick on their side of things.
I mean if they are not hiring locals but Swiss at the consulate, they should know how the system works and try to make it less painful.

The most painful part I would say is the registering in the canton at the migration office... At least in geneva, it was a nightmare in terms of organization and speed. The people are just overworked and are dealing with confused people that don't speak french, and unlike Canada, you will never get a form in another language or help to translate.
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Re: Actual wait times for D Visa - non-EU

I expect it'll be a bit easier in Neuch (not as in-demand for workers as GE or VD) and I am francophone so no issues there.

One of my major grievances in this whole debacle is that I will have to buy an (expensive) last-minute flight and can't organise my initial accommodation until the damn visa gets approved.
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I expect it'll be a bit easier in Neuch (not as in-demand for workers as GE or VD) and I am francophone so no issues there.

One of my major grievances in this whole debacle is that I will have to buy an (expensive) last-minute flight and can't organise my initial accommodation until the damn visa gets approved.
I believe your situation is due to the fact that most Swiss Unis/Employers are used to EU/EFTA workers that do not require an additional piece of authorization (in this case a visa). They know about permis law/regulations but they completely forget that for non-Schengen nationals, we need to do this other stuff from abroad.

I would message your boss and tell them you want to come later, so you won't have to get a pricy ticket. After your visa is issued you get 3 months to enter Switzerland officially as a future resident (not as a tourist) The canton in regards to the permis doesn't care about that.

I would AirBNB for sometime before deciding where to settle. PS, you can't even get a flat until you've been paid 3 times. The landlord/regie will require 3 payment slips and also an attestation de non-poursuite from your friendly department de finances. As you don't receive your permis immediately after you arrive (you need to be fingerprinted and a card made in Bern then sent to HR), I would also ask for an attestation de residence from the migration office the moment you arrive and apply for "previously applied-for by the uni and approved or else you wouldn't have received your visa" permis. Then you can at least have some proof to the banks/phone companies/landlords that you're not lying when you say your permis is still in process.
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I believe your situation is due to the fact that most Swiss Unis/Employers are used to EU/EFTA workers that do not require an additional piece of authorization (in this case a visa). They know about permis law/regulations but they completely forget that for non-Schengen nationals, we need to do this other stuff from abroad.
Yes, I think you're right about this one!

With regards to the rest, yes the beginning of our stay will probably be a hectic, but I don't think it will be as quite as difficult trying to find a place in Neuchatel canton vs. Geneva or Zurich, for example.

I will get letters from the employer stating salary and contract length, etc. Hopefully this will help. We are moving from another place abroad where rent is insanely expensive and finding a flat is a bloodsport, so nothing scares us anymore!
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Visa D long stay

hello everyone, Hope you are fine. I am coming to Switzerland, the embassy ask for me for SYMIC number and Authorization document from OCPM in geneva that where my Fiance live. I just want to know what Is the SYMIC number? by the way I already get the approval to get my visa..

and for your kind, please tell me what i will do when i go to switzerland to compete the proccess of our marriage? what is teh first step? how much time it will take? which permit i will have and when? thank you and I really appreciate your help.

best regards
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hello everyone, Hope you are fine. I am coming to Switzerland, the embassy ask for me for SYMIC number and Authorization document from OCPM in geneva that where my Fiance live. I just want to know what Is the SYMIC number? by the way I already get the approval to get my visa..

and for your kind, please tell me what i will do when i go to switzerland to compete the proccess of our marriage? what is teh first step? how much time it will take? which permit i will have and when? thank you and I really appreciate your help.

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Easiest if your fiance checks with the local townhall and then work from there.
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