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Traveling to work for 12 months on B permit

Hi,

I am PhD Student at University of Neuchatel and I have B work permit issued by the Canton of Neuchtael.

As part of my PhD research, I will be going to Africa for 12 months for fieldwork and data collection. However, my B permit will expire before I come back. What should I do in this case? Do I need to put my permit on Hold as I will be out of Switzerland for 12 months? Do I need re-entry visa for coming back in? Also, as I am going for 12 months I do not want to keep my apartment.

My PhD/ work contract will be valid for 6 months after the expiry date of my B permit. I would really appreciate any help with this. Thanks.
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Old 28.09.2017, 12:54
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Re: Traveling to work for 12 months on B permit

As far as I know, you automatically lose your B permit if you leave the country for more than 6 months

It is however possible to put your permit on hold for special reasons, and yours seems to be the case. If I were you I’d go speak with the authorities in person.
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Re: Traveling to work for 12 months on B permit

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As far as I know, you automatically lose your B permit if you leave the country for more than 6 months

It is however possible to put your permit on hold for special reasons, and yours seems to be the case. If I were you I’d go speak with the authorities in person.
Isn´t that only for C permits? But you are right in saying to contact the authorities, as it is for your studies, they might consider this
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Re: Traveling to work for 12 months on B permit

Hello Mélusine and roegner,

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I went to a migration office and they said, Yes, I can go for a year. Although my permit will expire, they will give me re-entry visa for coming back and then I can get a new permit. It will break the continuity of my permits, however, it is preferable to me compared to other expensive option of coming back after 6 months to Switzerland and keeping an apartment here. It also works for me as I am not looking for permanent residence here and planning to go back after my PhD.
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Re: Traveling to work for 12 months on B permit

I was also abroad in the US for 7 months during my PhD at ETH Zurich. I was able to remain registered in Switzerland, sublet my apartment, and renew my B permit as soon as I returned. However, my permit expired until 1 month AFTER I returned to Switzerland. If it would have expired before, I would have requested to extend it BEFORE leaving for the US, not to have any issues to enter Switzerland afterwards. All the best in your year abroad!
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