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Old 05.11.2019, 15:20
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Residential Permit - Family Reunion

Hello, I have a question. I have applied for a residential permit in Switzerland - Geneva to be reunited with my Swiss husband. However, I will be officially moving there in August 2020. If my permit comes out now, and I visit Switzerland during the 6-month period, will my permit be expired?
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Old 05.11.2019, 18:12
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

Why apply so early? It's unlikely to be granted since you're not living here. Part of the requirement for family reunification is that you live together in the same property - you're not doing that so won't fulfill the requirement.
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

I applied early through my embassy in Beiurt, Lebanon because I am frequently visiting him. He already lives there. I stay at his place whenever I visit.
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

But that is not family reunification. Family reunification means you live here with him all the time, which is not what you're doing. It's not meant for visiting back and forth, you need a Type C visa for that if you need a visa to enter Switzerland as a tourist. You can get multi-entry ones so you don't have to apply every time you want to visit.
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

Yes I understand, but in 9 months iíll be living there permanently. My permit comes out in around 2 weeks. Are my visits going to be included in this period?
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

No idea, because as far as I can see your permit will not be valid.
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

You will get a D visa... which will be valid for a short amount of time. During this time you will have to present yourself in Switzerland and sort your permit, get your biometric data taken etc. You’ll need to stay in Switzerland for as long as that takes.

After you have the permit, you are considered resident in Switzerland, you’ll have to start paying health insurance. You can then go and visit your home country as often as you want, but you have to be in Switzerland for 6 months of the year or your permit will be cancelled.
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Thank you!

Should the 6 months be consecutive? And when does this 6-month restriction begin? Right after I get my permit?

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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

2 things..

Don't say that you are not living here, you are living in Switzerland but travelling back to Lebanon regularly for a while to tie up loose ends.

Second, you will have to spend a lot of time in the next 9 months in Switzerland, to keep your permit.... 3 months or more. Look up the exact number of days you have to be in Switzerland during 12 months and make sure that you are within that for the 12 months after you get your permit..
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Should the 6 months be consecutive? And when does this 6-month restriction begin? Right after I get my permit?
No... in the 12 months from picking up your permit, 6 months of that (not consecutive) has to be spent in Switzerland (not exactly 6 months, it's around that).
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Thank you so much. Youíve been of great help!

One more question, do you think I could ask for a prolonged visa type d?

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One more question, do you think I could ask for a prolonged visa type d?
No. The D visa just allows you to enter Switzerland once and set up residence (get you permit etc) and it's not valid for very long.

You could always cancel your application, tell them you are delaying your move for 9 months and apply for a multi-entry tourist visa instead. Then apply for D-visa again next summer. This might be easier (certainly the correct thing to do) and you'd save a ton on health insurance.
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Re: Residential Permit - Family Reunion

It took me a lot of time to gather my documents and translate them to apply for Type D. Do you think they would require me to do that again after I cancel the application and reapply for it?
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Family Reunification

Hello everyone,

My husband is Swiss and I am a non EU- citizen. I have applied for my D-type Visa in September (Family Reunification) and it is still in process. I am contacting the canton díhabitants in Geneva and they are saying that it still needs more time because of the huge number of applications they are receiving. They refused to say how much longer it might take.

Any idea how much longer it could take? Iíve been previously informed by the Swiss embassy in my country that it shouldnít take more than 2-3 months.

Do you think it will need much more time to come out?

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Each case is different and needs it own time, could be a week more, could be some months more. And there is no way of speeding it up.
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Re: Family Reunification

Try requesting your embassy to followup with OCPM. I also applied last September and when it reached 12 weeks, I asked assistance from the embassy and same day we received an email from OCPM for additional requirements ie: financial proof. We received the approval 1 day after we submitted the additional requirements.
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Genevan OCP

Hey everyone,
Is it true that the OCP in Geneva has collapsed and is in total chaos now?
Some are saying that theyíve changed the system and the applications are too many to process.

Iíve 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 husbandís calls.

Please advise.
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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 theyíve changed the system and the applications are too many to process.

Iíve 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 husbandís calls.

Please advise.
We are in the same boat,applied for family reunification in July, still waiting, so u are definately not alone!
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Ugh... this is a nightmare.
Could you please keep us posted with the status of your visa?
I am supposed to be moving there in August. Iím worried I wonít be able to do that.
 




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