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Re: Non EU spouse residence permit

I’ve searched for an answer to this question to no avail, and I hope you can help.

I am US national and my EU husband accepted a permanent, local work contract for a job in Zug. We were told that he can just move to Switzerland, start work, apply for a Residence Permit B, within 14 days of arrival.

The question is: can I move, at the same time as my husband, move to Zug and then apply for my permit?

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Re: Non EU spouse residence permit

I've moved your post to a new thread, because the one you replied on was from 2008 and for an Indian national, so not quite the same.

Technically speaking, you can't just move - As a non-EU you need to apply for a D visa, which allows you to enter the country long-term as opposed to entering as a tourist. Upon arrival with that D visa, you register at the municipality and receive a B or L permit, same as your spouse. Your EU citizen spouse doesn't need a visa.

In practice - Some cantons are more lenient than others. I've read cases here on EF where both spouses came together and registered, and the authorities didn't make a fuss. In some cases they still had to get the D-visa, by going to Germany or France and then coming back. Worst-case scenario are those that had to return to their home country and wait for the visa, but I've not seen this for Americans.

Anyone from Zug have a recent experience to share?

Otherwise ask your spouse to contact the cantonal authorities for instructions on what to do.
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Re: Non EU spouse residence permit

Since your husband is a EU national, he can move and then register for the B permit.

Your case is however different. If you don't need a visa to visit Switzerland, I guess you can technically move with your husband and then apply for a B permit in Zug.

I would however call the embassy and get a definite answer for there's a slight possibility that they would ask you to go back to your current place of residence and make you apply for a family reunion visa.
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Since your husband is a EU national, he can move and then register for the B permit.

Your case is however different. If you don't need a visa to visit Switzerland, I guess you can technically move with your husband and then apply for a B permit in Zug.

I would however call the embassy and get a definite answer for there's a slight possibility that they would ask you to go back to your current place of residence and make you apply for a family reunion visa.
Every non-EU national needs a visa if they're coming here for more than 90 days at a time. Only a few exceptions - and Americans aren't one of them.

"Nationals of the following states do not require a visa to enter Switzerland under any circumstances: Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

However, the competent Swiss authority will issue a prior authorisation of a residence permit in the following cases:
a) for a stay of more than 90 days, or
b) a stay involving gainful employment:
lasting more than eight days, or
from the first day of work in the primary or auxiliary construction sectors, the hospitality sector, industrial or private cleaning services, surveillance and security services, itinerant sales and services or erotic services."

So even they need a pre-approved permit before they can move here.

The OP needs to apply for a family reunification type D visa. Her spouse will have to show they have suitable accommodation and can support their dependents financially for any permit to be issued.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/
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Re: Non EU spouse residence permit

Thank you all for your responses! They were very helpful. My husband's relocation company's immigration services vendor submitted a visa for me at the Zug Canton Office. About 10 days later, the vendor's office let me know that my D Visa was authorized. This caused a lot of confusion about what to do next, because they told me that I would need to go to the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco to "pick up" the visa. This was COMPLETELY wrong.

Instead, I ended up contacting the Canton Office in Bern, and the official there told me that I needed to submit my passport, photos, and visa fee to the SF Consulate, which is what I did.

Five business days later and use of FedEx, I now have my Visa, placed on my passport. The website that listed all the relevant information for me (A Californian) was: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...ized-visa.html.

Best wishes to the next American in a similar situation!
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Thank you all for your responses! They were very helpful. My husband's relocation company's immigration services vendor submitted a visa for me at the Zug Canton Office. About 10 days later, the vendor's office let me know that my D Visa was authorized. This caused a lot of confusion about what to do next, because they told me that I would need to go to the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco to "pick up" the visa. This was COMPLETELY wrong.

Instead, I ended up contacting the Canton Office in Bern, and the official there told me that I needed to submit my passport, photos, and visa fee to the SF Consulate, which is what I did.

Five business days later and use of FedEx, I now have my Visa, placed on my passport. The website that listed all the relevant information for me (A Californian) was: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...ized-visa.html.

Best wishes to the next American in a similar situation!
It's not completely wrong. You can either go in person to the consulate and they'll stamp the visa in your passport then or you can post your passport to them.

"If the authorized stay is for more than 90 days, you may submit your application by mail to the Embassy or Consulate."

"If you wish to have your passport returned by mail: one prepaid, self-addressed, return envelope with a tracking number"

Congratulations on getting it all sorted out. Now you're ready for the big move.
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