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Language exam for getting a C permit (non-EU)

So I know that if I want to apply for a C permit before 10 years of residing in Switzerland, I need to prove that I know written and spoken German to a certain level (A2 in canton of Bern). They clearly told me that I can submit an official language certificate, or a certificate from a language school. I attended an online German course last sprint (on the Speexx platform if anyone is familiar with it) and I got a certificate for B1 level, and this platform is following the CEF standards. My certificate says: "Dieser Kurs entspricht den Lernzielen, die vom Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen (GER) festgelegt wurden."

I am not really sure whether this kind of certificate from an online language platform will be recognised by the Swiss authorities? For example, does it have to be a well-known or Swiss language school? Would this be enough, or should I still do an official language exam? Is there an official place where I can ask if this certificate will be recognised?

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Old 28.09.2018, 12:47
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Re: Language exam for getting a C permit (non-EU)

Probably not, as the rules clearly state what institute has to issue the certificate.
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Re: Language exam for getting a C permit (non-EU)

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Is there an official place where I can ask if this certificate will be recognised?
You can ask Migrationsdienst des Kantons Bern.
It probably won't be recognised by them.
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Old 28.09.2018, 15:52
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Re: Language exam for getting a C permit (non-EU)

I doubt the Canton will accept a certificate from an unknown online course.

I highly recommend going with a test from one of the bigger, more recognized schools. A school from the naturalization lists for Basel and Zurich is probably a safe bet to be accepted by Bern as well.

Part of the reason for going with a recognized school now is that should you ever want to naturalize, you'll have to provide a language certificate from a recognized school anyway. Better to do it correctly now and not have to take yet another test later.

Here's an edited quote of a post I made in another thread that has the list of schools, with links.

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The BS website says A2 written and B1 oral. I could be wrong but I *think* that means you only need an A2 certificate and the B1 they determine based on how you do in the interview.

The list on the website says you can do a cantonal Sprachstandanalyse (SSA), Telc, Goethe, ÖSD, or fide. I've heard of the middle three (those are the only ones accepted for Zurich) but I don't know anything about the cantonal SSA or fide. Thankfully the site hotlinks all of them:

SSA: http://www.buergergemeindebasel.ch/d...hstandanalyse/
Telc: https://www.telc.net/
Goethe: https://www.goethe.de/de/index.html
ÖSD: https://www.osd.at/
Fide: https://www.fide-info.ch/
Looks like Bern has a cantonal Sprachstandanalyse (SSA) as well, so I'd probably choose that one first:
https://www.bwdbern.ch/wb/weiterbild...hstandanalyse/

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