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Long Stay Residency (D Visa) vs Work Permit

I've been married to a Swiss citizen for the last almost 15 years, and we're planning on move back to Switzerland. She's found an apartment, and I'm working on finding a job.

The guidance we've been given by the Swiss consulate is that we should apply for a long-stay family reunification visa, which indications are should be granted.

Does anyone know what the implications that has on my ability to work, assuming that goes through? Will I still need to get an employer-sponsored B-Permit, or can I freely look for work without requiring my potential employers to provide sponsorship?
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Re: Long Stay Residency (D Visa) vs Work Permit

I should add that I'm a non-EU citizen.
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I've been married to a Swiss citizen for the last almost 15 years, and we're planning on move back to Switzerland. She's found an apartment, and I'm working on finding a job.

The guidance we've been given by the Swiss consulate is that we should apply for a long-stay family reunification visa, which indications are should be granted.

Does anyone know what the implications that has on my ability to work, assuming that goes through? Will I still need to get an employer-sponsored B-Permit, or can I freely look for work without requiring my potential employers to provide sponsorship?
Once you get the reunification visa, you can enter Switzerland, register at your local commune and will get a physical B permit.
No need for any employer-sponsored B-Permit and you can freely look for and change work
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Re: Long Stay Residency (D Visa) vs Work Permit

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

From your thread title you're confusing the two things. A D visa is only to get you into the country for more than the 90 day tourist limit. It does nothing else. It's the residence permit (not work either) that allows you to live/work here. If you are not granted a family reunification permit you won't get a D visa.

As for work, there should be no problems. The family reunification permit bypasses the need for an employer to show they can't find a Swiss/EU national to do the job. However, until you get that permit job hunting is a bit of a waste of time since they won't consider you until you have it.

Your wife will need to show a) any accommodation is big enough for both of you and b) that she can support your financially since you'll be her dependent as far as the Swiss are concerned.
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I should add that I'm a non-EU citizen.
WRT family reunification your EU/NonEU status doesn't play a role
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Re: Long Stay Residency (D Visa) vs Work Permit

Visa: Allows to initially come here.
Permit: Allows to stay here (and to return after being abroad).

Any visa D will thus always come with an associated permit.

As a spouse/partner of a Swiss you will get an unrestricted permit B. You can work anywhere w/o restriction and pre-approval. Even self employment is possible. Art. 46 FNIA
https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a46
and Section 4.4.1 of the SEM handbook https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/se...aug-kap4-d.pdf


If you look for work you should clearly indicate that you are a spouse of a Swiss.
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.
Thanks! Very much looking forward to it! I lived in Basel from 2001-2005, which is where I met my wife, and can't wait to come back!


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Your wife will need to show a) any accommodation is big enough for both of you and b) that she can support your financially since you'll be her dependent as far as the Swiss are concerned.
We should be in good shape on that front. She found a place for us to live, and her parents (who live just down the street) signed for it on our behalf. We should have the finances covered as well.

Appreciate the quick response!
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Visa: Allows to initially come here.
Permit: Allows to stay here (and to return after being abroad).

Any visa D will thus always come with an associated permit.

As a spouse/partner of a Swiss you will get an unrestricted permit B. You can work anywhere w/o restriction and pre-approval. Even self employment is possible. Art. 46 FNIA
https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a46
and Section 4.4.1 of the SEM handbook https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/se...aug-kap4-d.pdf


If you look for work you should clearly indicate that you are a spouse of a Swiss.

This is exactly what I was hoping for! Thanks for the response, much appreciated!
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