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Permit B to C in Geneva

I am seeking clarification on the requirements to obtain settled status (Permit C) for British nationals in Switzerland. I have been through several posts and i am still confused.

I am a British national and currently hold employment in the Swiss labour market on the basis of permit B. I have had 5 years of uninterrupted residency in Geneva, Switzerland.

My permit B has recently expired in February 2019 and is currently under renewal examination with OCP.

I have been requested to submit oral language level of B1 and a written language level of A1 qualifications in French in order to obtain a Permit C (settled status). However, I have been a management employee and for the majority of the time been traveling, therefore my French speaking and writing is not at B1 and A1 level respectively.

I would like to know if I am eligible for Permit C (settled status) as British national living in Switzerland without having to provide the requested qualifications?

The Canton of Geneva website states language test is not required for Europeans and a PWC blog i came across states that management employees are exempt. Links are below.

Not sure where I stand? Any ideas?


https://www.ge.ch/renouveler-son-per...tissant-ueaele

https://www.pwc.ch/en/insights/regul...ion-alert.html
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Old 17.06.2019, 17:57
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I have been requested to submit oral language level of B1 and a written language level of A1 qualifications in French in order to obtain a Permit C (settled status). However, I have been a management employee and for the majority of the time been traveling, therefore my French speaking and writing is not at B1 and A1 level respectively.

I would like to know if I am eligible for Permit C (settled status) as British national living in Switzerland without having to provide the requested qualifications?

The Canton of Geneva website states language test is not required for Europeans and a PWC blog i came across states that management employees are exempt. Links are below.

Never heard that management employees are exempt and never read that in the latest requirements. Maybe an exception for Geneva only?


If not, no C without the language certificates as GB is not exempt (not all EU countries are).
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Re: Permit B to C in Geneva

Short answer is no, you're not exempt. The only EU country nationals who don't have to provide language certificates are:

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Liechtenstein, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Spain.

The new law on C permit requirements came into force on 1st January 2019.
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Re: Permit B to C in Geneva

You donít qualify for a C, thatís why itís taking so long at the OCPM. Before giving a refusal they triple check with legal departments etc to make sure

You will get another B no problem as long as youíre employed but not for 5 more years - will likely be until Brexit date. After a hard Brexit you will default to a third state and no longer qualify to benefit from free movement of people in Switzerland Iím afraid.

If you would have produced the relevant certificates and obtained a C, Brexit would not have had an impact on you. Would suggest getting the certificates asap or applying for Irish citizenship if you have Irish ancestry (or any other EU ancestry)
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