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B Permit help

Ive been searching the forum a bit to see if there are any similar situations to no avail, so I need a little help.


Im hoping to marry my fiance within the next few months and planning on getting her a B permit in Switzerland. Here is my situation...

I am Swiss/Canadian and she is strictly Canadian. We are currently living in Canada from April- July as we always do. I work in Switzerland from August to March and I'm hoping to get her a work permit while we are living there.
I can either

A) Get married in Canada with relative ease and then send the marriage certificate and other documentation to Switzerland to get approved for a B permit.

or

B) Wait until August to get married in our commune. I don't speak german as we are moving from Ticino to Bern so im thinking that might provide difficulties. It also seems a little bit more complicated then the marriage process in Canada but if its a shorter wait time to get the permit then im open to it

Which is more time efficient?
How long of a process should it be for A) and B)?
Has anyone else had a similar situation?

Thanks guys! This forum has helped me a ton in the past.
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Old 14.05.2019, 16:38
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Marrying in Canada is probably quicker and easier.

https://www.ch.ch/en/marriage/
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Marrying in Canada is probably quicker and easier.

https://www.ch.ch/en/marriage/

Thanks, I was hoping and thinking that was the case. Would you happen to know the processing time for B permit after submitting the appropriate marriage documents?
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Nope, sorry. It probably varies from canton to canton.

You should also check what, if any, any language requirements there might be under family reunification since some of the permit laws changed in 2018.
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Nope, sorry. It probably varies from canton to canton.

You should also check what, if any, any language requirements there might be under family reunification since some of the permit laws changed in 2018.
Thanks for the heads up on this. Didn't know about this until now. Ive heard A1 german doesn't take too long to pick up.
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Thanks for the heads up on this. Didn't know about this until now. Ive heard A1 german doesn't take too long to pick up.
If there is a language requirement, simply showing registration for an A1 course seems to be sufficient for now.

+1 for get married in Canada.
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Re: B Permit help

My next question... because I am Swiss do I still have to show that I provide enough income for both of us to live? Or does the canton just assume she will be integrated into the work force so I wouldn't have to prove my income is stable for both of us.
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My next question... because I am Swiss do I still have to show that I provide enough income for both of us to live? Or does the canton just assume she will be integrated into the work force so I wouldn't have to prove my income is stable for both of us.
Probably. Check with your cantonal migration office.
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My next question... because I am Swiss do I still have to show that I provide enough income for both of us to live? Or does the canton just assume she will be integrated into the work force so I wouldn't have to prove my income is stable for both of us.
I imagine they won't need bank statements or anything since you're Swiss, but it's probably wise to show you're not going to use social help. Mr Wishes included a copy of his job contract.

Another random thought - are you going to maintain residency in Switzerland year-round or try to keep changing residency back and forth? If you're living here for the bulk of the year and she has a B permit, you/she will need Swiss health insurance.
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My next question... because I am Swiss do I still have to show that I provide enough income for both of us to live? Or does the canton just assume she will be integrated into the work force so I wouldn't have to prove my income is stable for both of us.

My understanding is that you need to show that you have adequate income to support both of you. This happened to a Swiss friend of ours who was living abroad and wanted to move back to Switzerland with his then fiance and marry her. He was asked to provide income information for this purpose.
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Re: B Permit help

If i didn't have enough income to support both of us... Could her parents sign a letter stating that they would provide resources for her to live?
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If i didn't have enough income to support both of us... Could her parents sign a letter stating that they would provide resources for her to live?
That might be fine. Try with what you know so far and if they want additional proof, supply it when asked.
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