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Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

Hi! I am working in Switzerland (permit B) and I am going to bring my child (under 16) from the UK to Switzerland in February. Are there going to be any complications to get Permit B for her? On this website https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/
I found a mysterious requirement:

* Anyone who will be dependent on you must present a letter issued by the authorities of the country of origin confirming that you will pay their living expenses.

I have no idea how to get this letter and who can issue it in the UK.

Many thanks for your help! And sorry if this question was asked before, I could not find it.
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

Ask your control des habitants. They know everything.
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

Still don't know what that's supposed to mean or where you get it from after living here for over 20 years.
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

You need to check with your Gemeinde. Some will just overlook this and some will make you sign a legal affidavit declaring you will look after her. If you're worried, get one at the embassay. Normally they have these papers at the embassay or you can write one out yourself and swear in front of an official. This is how you validate in certain countries you are free to marry or attest to no criminal history
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Hi! I am working in Switzerland (permit B) and I am going to bring my child (under 16) from the UK to Switzerland in February. Are there going to be any complications to get Permit B for her? On this website https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/
I found a mysterious requirement:

* Anyone who will be dependent on you must present a letter issued by the authorities of the country of origin confirming that you will pay their living expenses.

I have no idea how to get this letter and who can issue it in the UK.

Many thanks for your help! And sorry if this question was asked before, I could not find it.
This bit here:

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Children and grandchildren under the age of 21, or older if they can be supported financially.
Makes it sound like you only need to provide such a letter if the child(ren) you are bringing are over 21 and still supported by you.

Check it out, obviously, but that's the way I understood it.
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

Another thing to think about if you're divorced or separated from the other parent is the custody situation. If shared with the other parent you may need a letter from them that they agree to move the child out of the country to Switzerland. You may need this anyway, even if you have full custody. Again check what may be required with the relevant authorities here if you need to.
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Still don't know what that's supposed to mean or where you get it from after living here for over 20 years.
Living here for over 20 years seems all the more reason to me not to know where to get such a document in the UK.
And you didn't tell OP either

It's a strange line in that text as it should be OP to confirm the financing, not some UK office. As you need to apply for family reunification anyway, ask there about this specific detail. That would be Migrationsamt des Kantons ZŁrich (scroll to bottom)
But the main thing is: If this child is OP's and under 16 (under 18 actually) OP has to finance "it" (sorry) anyway, by Swiss law.

So the main thing will be: Does the other parent agree and to have that in writing.
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

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Makes it sound like you only need to provide such a letter if the child(ren) you are bringing are over 21 and still supported by you.

Check it out, obviously, but that's the way I understood it.
No you are just pulling one random sentence out of one paragraph and relating it to a completely different paragraph....
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* Anyone who will be dependent on you must present a letter issued by the authorities of the country of origin confirming that you will pay their living expenses.

I have no idea how to get this letter and who can issue it in the UK.
Sound a bit obscure, most likely a notarised affidavit. The best thing is to contact your community office and ask them what they need in order to process your request. Failing that contact the British Embassy, I'm sure they will have had to address this issue in the past and probably have some kind of 'document' to meet the situation.

Having had to deal with the Swiss Embassy in Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Switzerland, I was amazed at the creativity of both sets of diplomats to come with documents to suit all needs ;-)
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Child entering Switzerland, permit is under consideration

I am UK national with Permit B. I applied for a residence permit for my daughter in mid February, and Immigration authorities are still considering it (perhaps they are closed until 11th of May). We also applied to school and her classes start on Monday, 11th of May. Would that be a "compelling reason" to enter the country? Thanks a lot
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I am UK national with Permit B. I applied for a residence permit for my daughter in mid February, and Immigration authorities are still considering it (perhaps they are closed until 11th of May). We also applied to school and her classes start on Monday, 11th of May. Would that be a "compelling reason" to enter the country? Thanks a lot
No, that is not a compelling reason.

But you could ask for some sort of notification to show at the border as this is family reunification and that is possible (from now ? or at least soon).
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Re: Bringing child to Switzerland from the UK

I can think of the following supporting documents to help prove that you will be supporting your child when she moves to Switzerland to live with you.
  1. A Swiss rental contract for accommodation that is large enough for her to have her own room, for which the rental does not exceed 1/3 of your income.

  2. Your Swiss employment contract and a budget showing enough money for that accommodation, and enough for both your and her medical insurance, self-pay medical, food, transport, phone, clothing and pocketmoney, etc..

  3. Anything that proves that you were financially supporting this child before you came to Switzerland, and have continued to do so since you have been in Switzerland, such as a divorce or separation agreement, and/or bank statements showing the transfers.

  4. If you do have such financial responsibilities in the UK, such that you pay support to the child's other parent, of her grandparents, or a boarding-school, so that they could care for her, a current letter or release, suspending your such obligations - at least with regard to your child's expenses - for as long as she lives with you, instead.

  5. Alternatively, if you will now be receiving child support from the other parent, then a formalised statement confirming that.

The more of these letters that come from a Court, the better. Where that is not possible, try to get them certified before a UK Commissioner of Oaths, or testified to by a lawyer or social worker, or notarised.
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