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Updated Processing Times for Non-EU B-Permit

Hi there!

So, I've been lurking in this thread for some information and there are similar threads- however, none of them seem to be curtailed to my situation.

I am an American who just recently got married to my long-term boyfriend- who is a Swiss Citizen (born and raised).

We submitted all of my paperwork for my B-permit to canton Aargau and I was curious how long it takes? Anyone with recent experience would be great! I don't have a job here yet but have some friends here who work in HR and told me once I get my visa that they'll send my resume off- not sure if not yet having a job affects my processing time for my visa.

I'm really anxious/nervous for some reason and just want to know how long I'll have to wait!
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Old 09.08.2017, 09:35
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Re: Updated Processing Times for Non-EU B-Permit

Not having a job has no bearing - you're applying for family reunificiation, not to work here.

It takes as long as it takes. Also be aware you may be asked to return to the States to apply and wait for a Type D entry visa to be issued to you which allows you to enter Switzerland long term, i.e. for more than 90 days as a tourist. Or you may be asked to apply for one in Germany or France or elsewhere. Or they may just process one for you here, it all depends on the cantonal migration office and what they feel like on the day. You'll need to give biometric info as well as part of the permit process.

Are you aware of your continuing US tax filing obligations and the fact that you (and new hubby too if you get a joint account) will have to sign a W-9 form to open a bank account here? The account info will be passed on to the IRS. Also any foreign, i.e. outside of US, bank account or accounts which come to an aggregate figure of more than $10,000 at any time of the year will need to be reported on an FBAR form.
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Re: Updated Processing Times for Non-EU B-Permit

We called and emailed the migration offices prior to getting all our paperwork to make sure I shouldn't just file in the US since I had to go there to get a letter of good conduct. Every person we spoke to said no and that we could file while I'm here.

And yes, I'm aware. My dad is a Swiss citizen but is American married to a Swiss and has lived here for 10 years so he explained all the tax things to us.

I just wanted to hear other people's recent experiences with processing times just so I could get an idea. I know it takes as long as it takes but hearing what other people have gone through tends to make me feel better! Thanks though!
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Re: Updated Processing Times for Non-EU B-Permit

Kanton Aargau, in my experience, is extremely slow. My permit renewal has always been delayed to the point where I am running around with an expired permit for over a month or two. Zurich is way more efficient.
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Re: Updated Processing Times for Non-EU B-Permit

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Kanton Aargau, in my experience, is extremely slow. My permit renewal has always been delayed to the point where I am running around with an expired permit for over a month or two. Zurich is way more efficient.
Oof, really? Good to know!!
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