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Permit and Visas for partnership

Hey guys !

My partner and I have been working on this for a while and we're looking to get married in Denmark.

I'm a swiss national, she's a third country resident, and I've hit a bit of a snag about what to do once I get back to Switzerland with a changed marital status.

First things first: from what I understand, it will be recognised not as a marriage, but as a registered partnership in Switzerland.

I've done a ton of research on what to do with the official papers (and apostille and all that), but the one thing that makes little sense to me is what's required for her to move here.

We both want to move back to Switzerland (where I have a permanent address), and from my understanding I have to apply for a family reunification (Type D) visa for her, and then when she gets here she will apply for and hopefully be given a B permit of residence.

However, no matter how many links I click and pages I read on the official admin ch website, it tells me nothing about the best way to go about it. I kind of want to check as many possible legal boxes when we apply so that they don't really have a reason to reject us.

Does she really need a family reunification visa for over 90 days of stay if she's going to apply for a permit anyway, or if she's going to be given one?

Wouldn't it be easier to apply for a schengen visa, which she will need anyway for Denmark, and wait for the permit?

Can I apply for a permit for her from Switzerland and bring her in like that?

What is it exactly I need to do?

I've already visited the service de la population about the visa, but as friendly as they were, they didn't answer much of my questions. I was told to bring her in on a fiance visa when I visited the service de la population, but that doesn't make sense, since she won't be my fiance by then.


Sorry about the confusing set of questions, this is just my last hurdle and it makes very little sense to me.
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Re: Permit and Visas for partnership

If you guys get married in DK, then after, you have to register it first in your Gemeinde here in CH. Then apply for family reunification for your partner. You need to do some paperwork here. Your partner also need to do some paperwork in CH Embassy where she lives.

After everything approved, cantonal immigration office release an official permit and your partner need to collect the Visa type D at CH Embassy. With this, she is allowed to travel into CH and stays here. Upon arrival, she need to register herself to the Anwohnerkontrolle in your Gemeinde. She then will receive a residence permit type B.
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Re: Permit and Visas for partnership

Welcome to the forum.

I don't know why you're confused about this as it's quite clear.

"Upon arrival in Switzerland, family members must present the following documents:

•Valid ID card or passport,
•Visa if applicable (citizens of non-EU/EFTA countries who require a visa under the entry regulations),
•Certificate issued by the authorities in the country of origin proving that the person is related to you,
•Anyone who will be dependent on you must present a letter issued by the authorities of the country of origin confirming that you will pay their living expenses."

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/

The Type D visa only allows her to enter the country long term, i.e. for more than 90 days as a tourist. It's the permit which gives her the right to live and work here, not the visa.

The Type D visa is a Schengen visa so you're still going to have to apply for it whether you arrive in Switzerland first or Denmark.

Whichever country you're living in at the moment at the Swiss embassy/consulate you apply for a family reunification permit for her and she applies for the Type D visa. The visa will be stamped in her passport and she'll have a certain period of time that it's valid for to enter the country. Once here she then goes to the cantonal migration office to start the process of getting the pre-approved permit issued to her which will take several weeks.

https://www.ch.ch/en/register-same-sex-partnership/
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First things first: from what I understand, it will be recognised not as a marriage, but as a registered partnership in Switzerland.
Same-sex marriage? Then I think that might be correct.

But if man + woman, the marriage is just as much a marriage here as it is elsewhere. At least it would be the first time for me to hear that a marriage would not be acknowledge as such, if, as said, not same-sex.


Medea has outlined the process, seems pretty straightforward?
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Re: Permit and Visas for partnership

It does indeed seem pretty straightforward!

My main confusion was around the schengen visa (or well, the type D reunification visa) and how much it actually is required because when I looked for information I was told those were rarely given out by the canton de Vaud.

I assume I was misinformed? Or that I'm fighting a losing battle. No matter I'm stubborn.

Thanks so much for the clarification
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Re: Permit and Visas for partnership

The visa isn't granted by the canton, the permit is. Since, as said, the visa is to allow you to enter Switzerland then no, they won't be given out by the cantons. The embassies/consulates deal with those.
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