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nonEU residence permit - doctoral student

Hello everyone.

This is the first time that I am posting something in the forum, but I've been reading it since a long time. Today I want to ask about an issue about my residence permit.

I registered in Zurich during December 2019. I started my doctoral studies in January and one of the conditions to obtain my residence permit was the Confirmation of Matriculation at the university. As that wasn't possible to obtain by the moment (because of some missing documents), I could deliver a letter from the university that was ok, confirming that I had (almost) all the documents to matriculate and that there was no problem with it.

That was ok for giving me some extra time, but then coronavirus strikes.

Recently I could do the process to matriculate, but for the Autumn semester. I also received a letter from migration office that states:

1. They need the definitive confirmation of matriculation (before the end of May) to proceed with my residence permit.

2. I am not allowed to start my work as doctoral student until I have a permit.

About 1: could it be a problem that the confirmation of matriculation that I have is for the Autumn semester and not for Spring?

About 2: Really? I mean, I was supposed to register in the city before starting to work, but now they're saying that I should've waited for the permit? It's somehow a little strange.

I hope that there's someone that could give some insights or share some experience with me. Anyway, I'm visiting Migration Office soon to clarify everything.

Thanks and stay healthy
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Re: nonEU residence permit - doctoral student

Hello, welcome to the forum.

Back on 2012 I was in similar situation. I was supposed to start in August but the visa to enter Switzerland arrived by mid-September and I finally started the PhD on October. (mid-semester). Of course, matriculation for the August-Dec semester was not possible. But, the professor wrote a letter to cantonal immigration office telling my story: long term contract, arrived to late to matriculate at the university, etc.

The permit you'll get is "formation with income" category or something like that. It is more relevant to show the job contract and maybe the professor you work can write to immigration office to explain what's going on. The immigration office requests proof of matriculation because that's the usual way. But, these days are a bit outside the normal conditions.
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