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Marriage in Switzerland- Japanese Citizen and Swiss Citizen

Hello All,

My partner of 4 years and I have decided to move from Japan to Switzerland. He is a Swiss citizen and I'm a Japanese citizen. He proposed a week after I found out I got into a university in Geneva. He said that it would be better to apply straight to Permit B(is that the marriage to a swiss national permit?), instead of going for a student permit since I can work right away with the Permit B. We have been trying to get information from the consulate of Switzerland here in Japan but literally no one can help us out. I'm at wits end and in desperate need of advice - My University starts in October 2019(I have two months left) No idea if it would be easier to get married in Japan or in Switzerland? Someone help
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Re: Marriage in Switzerland- Japanese Citizen and Swiss Citizen

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

It's probably easier and quicker to marry in Japan and get the marriage recognised here. But I doubt you'll get it all done within 2 months so maybe go for the student permit and then change that once the marriage is recognised here to a family reunification one.
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Re: Marriage in Switzerland- Japanese Citizen and Swiss Citizen

If you have all of your paperwork, it takes about a month to do it here.

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Re: Marriage in Switzerland- Japanese Citizen and Swiss Citizen

Here's a snip of a quote from Medea from another thread. It sounds like the consulate isn't much help because you need to work with the cantonal authorities.

My first thought is that the student permit would be approved quickly, whereas a permit for marriage might take more time due to all the documentation they'd want, some of which might need to be translated.

Contact the Canton of Geneva as soon as possible:
https://www.ge.ch/en/welcome-geneva
https://www.ge.ch/organisation/offic...igrations-ocpm

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It's the cantonal authorities he needs to talk to.

As far as I know this is still the case:

"Nationals of the following states do not require a visa to enter Switzerland under any circumstances: Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

However, the competent Swiss authority will issue a prior authorisation of a residence permit in the following cases:

a) for a stay of more than 90 days, or

b) a stay involving gainful employment:
lasting more than eight days, or
from the first day of work in the primary or auxiliary construction sectors, the hospitality sector, industrial or private cleaning services, surveillance and security services, itinerant sales and services or erotic services.

This prior authorisation of a residence permit is issued directly to the foreign national, or to a third party (employer), by the cantonal migration authority. The Swiss diplomatic or consular mission is not involved in this procedure."
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Re: Marriage in Switzerland- Japanese Citizen and Swiss Citizen

Congratulations on your engagement and acceptance to the university!
Iím also a Japanese national married to a Swiss national and have moved to Switzerland just recently from New York City where we got married 2 years ago. Iíd like to briefly share my experience with you here. We started my paperwork for permit B in late May while we were still in NYC, came to Switzerland in late June then had my biometrics appointment scheduled for early September, but since we had already scheduled to be out of the country by late August, we requested an earlier appointment. I then got it rescheduled for late July. A week after the appointment, I received my Permit B card in mail. The whole process was easy and smooth as we were already married there and had all the documents ready. I am not sure if it is faster and even easier if you marry in Switzerland and apply for the permit there, but when we were getting married in New York, we both had to have our original birth certificate / koseki touhon (need apostille in Japan) so it took some time to prepare those documents... I donít know if this was any helpful but you can ask me any further questions you may have! Hope all goes well with you!
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I just posted my reply above#5 and realized this thread was from last year......Oops! I donít know how to erase my reply so I just leave it there... Hope all went well for the Japanese/Swiss couple!
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