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Re: Genevan OCP

I have checked the local press, there is no mention of a "collapse". Although anyone who has to deal with the OCP is in for a shock. Going there is like attending a war zone, organisation is chaotic, bureaucratic and slow to the extreme and yes, Geneva gets more requests than probably any other cantons in Switzerland, so tends to be overwhelmed.


You should be fine for August, though. They do have a lot of things online these days, which is marginally better. Any way you can track your file process on line?
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Old 15.02.2020, 19:49
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Re: Genevan OCP

I have a number for my file but no link to track it.

Could you provide me with one?
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I have a number for my file but no link to track it.

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https://www.ge.ch/en/contact-ocpm
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Old 16.02.2020, 16:26
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Re: Genevan OCP

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I have a number for my file but no link to track it.

Could you provide me with one?
Try https://ge.ch/ocpetracking_public/fo...andalonePortal with the code that you got.
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Old 17.02.2020, 15:09
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Re: Genevan OCP

Thank you! But this is what the link gave me after trying my number:
Le code personnel saisi ne correspond aucune demande.
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Re: Genevan OCP

They tend to not pick up. Either go there in person with all your documents or send them letters. Eventually they get back. But this is the OCP, you learn to deal with it.
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Old 24.04.2020, 12:32
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Permit on hold during Covid-19

Hello everyone,
Ive applied for a D-type permit that would allow me to reunite with my Swiss husband in Geneva (Family reunification) in September 2019. According to the OCP, my papers should have been finalized as of June 2020. But that was before Covid-19 striked and put everything on hold.

My question is, will they continue issuing permits after the lockdown restrictions start to lift off? And when in this timeline will the OCP operate? And how long will my permit take to be processed after this long pause?

I would appreciate any help from anyone who is going through what I am going through and has the information needed.
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Old 24.04.2020, 12:50
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Re: Permit on hold during Covid-19

Not sure anyone knows for sure. Permits and anything to do with them are on hold until 15th June at the earliest. Whether that will be extended or not the Federal government will decide nearer the time depending on how the situation develops.
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Re: Permit on hold during Covid-19

Are you already inside CH? I have the impression that if you are within the country they still process things, but if you applied from the outside it is on hold.
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Old 24.04.2020, 14:23
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No I am outside
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Are you already inside CH? I have the impression that if you are within the country they still process things, but if you applied from the outside it is on hold.
If they were in the country they wouldn't need a Type D visa to enter.
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Old 26.04.2020, 20:34
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Hey everyone,
Is it true that the OCP in Geneva has collapsed and is in total chaos now?
Some are saying that they’ve changed the system and the applications are too many to process.

I’ve applied for the family reunification visa in September 2019 and nothing has happened so far. Every-time I call my embassy they say Geneva takes time more than other cantons and it should be issued soon.

The OCP is not answering my husband’s calls.

Please advise.
Yes. Applied for family reunification in February 2019. We got it approved in January 2020, but the permit hadn't been issued by the time their offices closed for the Coronavirus last month as there is a month or two wait for the taking of the fingerprints alone (I'm not even joking). Now obviously waiting as they are closed so nothing is happening, but I'm really happy that ours has already been approved. So all in all, I bet it will have taken us around 1 year and 6 months from the moment we applied to the moment we will get it, and we did everything by the book from the very beginning. If you get it before December 2020, you should feel lucky.

They indeed changed the procedures and the employees themselves have several times referred to me to the chaos and apologised repeatedly.

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Hello everyone,
I’ve applied for a D-type permit that would allow me to reunite with my Swiss husband in Geneva (Family reunification) in September 2019. According to the OCP, my papers should have been finalized as of June 2020. But that was before Covid-19 striked and put everything on hold.
My advice is: if they told you that they would be finalised by June 2020, don't believe it. Whoever told you this just wanted to get rid of you. We had several answers like this - first month X, then at that point we would call and they'd say "1 more month", and again and again until we finally got an honest employee who told us that nobody can say when the visa will be delivered: they don't have internal deadlines as such, the files just get piled. First in the OCPM, then in the Chancellerie, then back in the OCPM. It's a stupidly bureaucratic system.

It's so Monty Pythonesque that I find it hard to believe, but considering that several of their employees have explained the same routine to me, I have no option but believing: first they get piled in the OCPM until someone checks whether the file contains all the required documents; once this is approved, then it is sent to the Chancellerie (which I understood is in the same building, but apparently a completely different department), where the file is put on a pile until someone checks whether the documents are rightly submitted (e.g. the first person checked that you had a photocopy of the passport, the second will check that the expiry date of said passport is within the limits); then once approved, the file is sent back to the OCPM to be put on another pile, until the file is assigned to an examiner, who will do the approval of the demand.

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Re: Family Reunification

Oh God... I think I just had an panic attack just reading this.
Is your spouse Swiss?
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Old 05.05.2020, 00:46
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And were you in Switzerland when applying for the residence permit?
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Family Reunification Updates

Hello everyone,

I have applied for Family Reunification in my country at the Swiss embassy in September 2019. I was misinformed that it should have 3-4 months tops to get processed because my spouse is Swiss but it hasn’t. After several calls and trips to the OCP, the employees managed to inform my husband that it should be done by June 2020. But that was before Covid-19 striked and put everything on hold for 2 months.

Now that the OCP is back to processing, they mailed by husband a congratulatory letter for our marriage and have listed him as married in his records, which means they have processed my file and were able to see that we are married.

Has anyone else been in this situation? Do you have any idea when the authorization will come out for me to be able to join my husband?

I am supposed to move to Geneva by September and I’m very worried we won’t be able to do so on time.
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Re: Family Reunification

If it helps, submitted family reunifications are again allowed to be processed, so they may be working on the file again. Since everything else, including new applications, is on standby, it may end up working well for you.

We had our final meeting to produce the physical residence card this week, as the office is even open for scheduled appointments. It's not worth stressing out, what will be will be, nobody here can tell you how long it will take because these are extreme circumstances. If I were you I'd hope for the best and prepare for the worst, no harm in planning a stay in your country for a bit longer than initially expected.

On the other hand, since your marriage has already been recognised by the canton, it may be worth a shot to ask for a Visa D. Those are more easily granted and it would allow you to enter the country and stay for a long period with your husband as a tourist until the permit is granted.
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Re: Family Reunification

Hopefully this helps alleviate some concerns - I submitted a family reunification on Monday, and got the confirmation letter on Tuesday.


It's not Geneva (canton Aargau), so slightly different - but the processing times are returning to normal.
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Old 30.05.2020, 13:01
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Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know my spouse has received my authorization yesterday 😊
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Wonderful news, Aline! Thanks for getting back to us to let us know. When will you be arriving in Switzerland? Happy travels.
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