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Moving my parent to Switzerland to live with us

Dear all:

As an expat holding a C-permit, having lived in Switzerland for more than 10 yrs now with 2 children: if one of the parents passes away, could one move the other parent to Switzerland and settle down here?

What kind of visa the parent need? And costs come with it?

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Dear all:

As an expat holding a C-permit, having lived in Switzerland for more than 10 yrs now with 2 children: if one of the parents passes away, could one move the other parent to Switzerland and settle down here?

What kind of visa the parent need? And costs come with it?

Thanks.

Lu

You are non EU? From what I have read here: no, unless there is nobody else who could take care of your parent and then it is still difficult.


YouŽd be responsible for all cost if your parent is allowed to come here.
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Re: Moving my parent to Switzerland to live with us

No problemo if you're EU or married to EU.
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No problemo if you're EU or married to EU.
I am a UK citizen but my parents are Chinese citizen. I will bear all the living expenses. But are there any extra costs for doing that (higher tax etc)?

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Re: Moving my parent to Switzerland to live with us

It's really difficult to bring parents here now. It has been for non-EU's for a long time, but I think the non-EU rules are beginning to be applied to EU nationals as well. Still here's what ch.ch has to say

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

You'd have to show that there are no other relatives at all who could care for your parent and also that they have been financially dependent on you already, i.e. you're paying their living expenses in the country they're currently resident in. Also bear in mind that when the UK leaves the EU you'll be a non-EU national so will fall under those rules.
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I am a UK citizen but my parents are Chinese citizen. I will bear all the living expenses. But are there any extra costs for doing that (higher tax etc)?

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You have to prove you have the means.....especially for long term healthcare etc, think in the 100's of thousands (Chf)
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Re: Moving my parent to Switzerland to live with us

With Brexit looming, and all the consequences for UK citizens who suddenly will become non-EU...

If we assume non-EU status for everyone, your situation might be similar to mine when we looked into this a few years ago. We are non-EU with C permits, ILs also non-EU.

What I learned was that there is no right to bring a parent here, but under some circumstances there might be individual discretion, and in discussions with acquaintances in similar family circumstances there seemed to be varying attitudes from officialdom towards the request.

So, start with an informal chat with the Powers That Be at your Gemeinde, try to suss out what the prevailing attitudes might be.

My take-away from our discussions was that ensuring that there would be not be negative financial consequence to taxpayers seemed to be a primary concern. Towards that end emphasis seemed to be on our finances, both in how we would be able to meet our ILs expected needs, as well whether we were 'net contributors' generally. The question that always seemed to lurk in the background of discussions was 'You should go back to your home country to care for your parents - so why is it in Switzerland's interest for you to stay and bring them here?'

That said, I have met other non-EU folks who were able to bring non-EU parents here with more weight to compassionate grounds. From my limited experiences and wholly anectodotal discussions, there seems to be some YMMV. These cases were some years ago, before the general crack-down on non-EU immigration, however.

In the end MIL became too ill to travel so we dropped the idea, and then later after her death when we revisited it, FIL died unexpectedly before a resolution. So we don't know what the outcome might have been.

Do you have a partner here, and if so what is your partner's citizenship? And the children's citizenship? If Swiss you are likely in a far better position.

But do start with that informal chat with the folks at the Gemeinde - perhaps better to treat it as an information gathering session for a theoretical possibility, not as a prelude to an application. And then formulate your strategy from there.

I hope a good solution is found, and I wish you and your family all the best.

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It's really difficult to bring parents here now. It has been for non-EU's for a long time, but I think the non-EU rules are beginning to be applied to EU nationals as well. Still here's what ch.ch has to say

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

You'd have to show that there are no other relatives at all who could care for your parent and also that they have been financially dependent on you already, i.e. you're paying their living expenses in the country they're currently resident in. Also bear in mind that when the UK leaves the EU you'll be a non-EU national so will fall under those rules.
Thank you. The webpage actually sounds positive. I am the only child in the family so there is truly no one else can look after my parents. The only thing not certain is what if the parent holds a non-EU passport when I hold one. (yes, after Brexit.... Let's see what will happen when it comes).
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I am a UK citizen but my parents are Chinese citizen. I will bear all the living expenses. But are there any extra costs for doing that (higher tax etc)?

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It is not just living expenses you need to cover... The big concern from the authorities perspective will be future medical costs, hospitalization, possibility of a requirement for special care later etc... you will need to be able to show you have very deep pockets to cover all this. The insurance premiums alone will be very high.

Then there is the cultural issues, up rooting an old person from all they know and moving them to a foreign country is not something that should be taken lightly. How will they deal with the language, the absence of old friends and the traditional social activities they used to do? How will they spend their day when you are at work etc... it could become a very lonely existence for them.
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Re: Moving my parent to Switzerland to live with us

I saw a lot of people talking about this, you need to have ' a lot of money' to cover the cost of the parents...

However, for applying for the permit, how much do we need? if they say they need hundreds of thousands, does this means that if I prove that I have real states which worth than 1 Mio CHF (without mortgage) then I'm good , or what kind of 'assets' is that? does Stocks count?
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I am a UK citizen but my parents are Chinese citizen. I will bear all the living expenses. But are there any extra costs for doing that (higher tax etc)?

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Main cost will be health insurance. And later, in case of severe health issues or just 'old age' and parent needs to go into residdential care, the cost is MASSIVE on speed.
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