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Consequences of permit overstay?

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I have been living in Switzerland for nearly 2.5 years by now for my studies and a following 3 month internship, and as of today, I have overstayed my B-permit for a week(I did not know the exact duration - the permit arrived today). I know I should have done something about it sooner and have I been to the division etrangers a week before, they maybe could have found a solution, but now it's impossible. I accept I acted like an idiot and did not do anything about it until it was too late. I am returning to my country next week(Non-EU), and I understand that I will be allowed to leave. However, I still want to ask one thing: Do you know what are the consequences of overstaying on B-permit? What will be the lasting effects of my mistake?

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Re: Consequences of permit overstay?

What do you mean you didn't know the exact duration as the permit arrived today? How is that possible if you've been here 2.5 years?

No problem leaving the country.

But you may well be registered somewhere of having overstayed (without your knowledge) and possibly refused further visa/permits for either travel or residency. Overstaying is no trivial offense. How serious one week is (well it'll really be more like 2 weeks as you haven't left yet) I don't know and there's a chance nobody else does either.
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Re: Consequences of permit overstay?

Do you have debts? What about your apartment? and your health insurance.
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What do you mean you didn't know the exact duration as the permit arrived today? How is that possible if you've been here 2.5 years?

No problem leaving the country.

But you may well be registered somewhere of having overstayed (without your knowledge) and possibly refused further visa/permits for either travel or residency. Overstaying is no trivial offense. How serious one week is (well it'll really be more like 2 weeks as you haven't left yet) I don't know and there's a chance nobody else does either.
My guess is that OP have a student permit which expired when the studies finished, then when they got the internship they applied for a new B-permit, and that was limited to when the internship ended, and they took so long to grant it and send it out that OP only just found it out that it expired already. I have a Russian postdoc and it always takes forever for her permits to be issued.
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Re: Consequences of permit overstay?

Consequences: a) it'll probably go down as a record against your name. Possibly a fine as well. b) might cause problems if you try and apply for another permit/visa to enter Switzerland/Schengen again.

As Odile said, what about your apartment rent, health insurance, any debts you still have here? All will need to be dealt with. Deregistering will help you cancel your health insurance, but rentals usually need several months' notification of termination of the lease so unless you can find someone to take over your place quickly, you'll be able for any outstanding months' rent. Debts need to be settled before you leave otherwise a debt notice might be issued against you later which again will possibly affect any future permit/visa application.

http://www.euro-dollar-currency.com/...engen_visa.htm
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Re: Consequences of permit overstay?

A friend overstayed his permit in the US by 3 days.

He was banned from entering the US for 10 years.

Just saying.

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My guess is that OP have a student permit which expired when the studies finished, then when they got the internship they applied for a new B-permit, and that was limited to when the internship ended, and they took so long to grant it and send it out that OP only just found it out that it expired already. I have a Russian postdoc and it always takes forever for her permits to be issued.
Jep that sounds about right.

Though I'm guessing even then OP knew when his/her internship would end. It was pretty safe to assume the permit would expire around the same date.
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My guess is that OP have a student permit which expired when the studies finished, then when they got the internship they applied for a new B-permit, and that was limited to when the internship ended, and they took so long to grant it and send it out that OP only just found it out that it expired already. I have a Russian postdoc and it always takes forever for her permits to be issued.
This is exactly the case. My permit was expired even before they had sent it to me, but I should have known better and just go there to talk about this issue.

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Consequences: a) it'll probably go down as a record against your name. Possibly a fine as well. b) might cause problems if you try and apply for another permit/visa to enter Switzerland/Schengen again.
That's what I'm afraid of actually. The information online is generally about overstaying Schengen tourist visa, so I'm not sure how accurate it is for residence permit case. I read about 1 to 5 years of ban of entry... I just want to be sure of what to expect exactly.

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As Odile said, what about your apartment rent, health insurance, any debts you still have here? All will need to be dealt with. Deregistering will help you cancel your health insurance, but rentals usually need several months' notification of termination of the lease so unless you can find someone to take over your place quickly, you'll be able for any outstanding months' rent. Debts need to be settled before you leave otherwise a debt notice might be issued against you later which again will possibly affect any future permit/visa application.
Everything is settled for leaving for me now, I announced my departure to the commune and canceled the health insurance. My place was rented until the end of December anyways, so it's not a problem and I don't have any debts.
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Everything is settled for leaving for me now, I announced my departure to the commune and canceled the health insurance. My place was rented until the end of December anyways, so it's not a problem and I don't have any debts.
TBH - you sound more squared away than a lot of EFers. Good luck.
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TBH - you sound more squared away than a lot of EFers. Good luck.
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Re: Consequences of permit overstay?

Well, it depends partly on your nationality as well. Some non-EU nationals don't need to have a visa to come here as tourists. If that applies to you then you sort of revert to tourist status as far as border control is concerned once your permit runs out - so an overstay theoretically wouldn't happen. If you do need a tourist visa to be here though then yes, there might be a report and/or fine put against you.
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