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B Permit in advance

Hi brains trust.

Has anyone had success in applying for a residence permit B, in advance, whilst still in your home country, either directly, or through your employer?

My husband has both an employment contract and we have a signed lease (successfully applied for from Australia, miracles do happen).

I know that the standard practise is to apply for it after arrival, but we would much rather apply ahead, as the permit number/copy of the permit is needed for my family reunion visa.

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Old 16.05.2020, 08:40
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Re: B Permit in advance

Your profile says you're English while in another post you said you were Australian. Which is it or are you dual? Because it makes a difference. If you're an EU national then you don't need a visa to enter Switzerland; if you're non-EU then you need a Type D visa.

Don't worry the permit; the number will be added when they process your husband permit application. It's not needed to start the family reunification application off.

And no, EU nationals can't get their permits before they arrive here.
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Your profile says you're English while in another post you said you were Australian. Which is it or are you dual? Because it makes a difference. If you're an EU national then you don't need a visa to enter Switzerland; if you're non-EU then you need a Type D visa.

Don't worry the permit; the number will be added when they process your husband permit application. It's not needed to start the family reunification application off.

And no, EU nationals can't get their permits before they arrive here.
I'm Australian (profile updated ). The question was not for me, but for my husband (EU). He needs a permit B. I need a Visa D (family reunion). But for my visa D, I need his permit number. We were hoping to kick off apply for his permit in advance, given he ticks every box for the application except his boots being on the ground.

I'll contact the embassy here regarding leaving it off the application.

Thanks for the advice!
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Old 16.05.2020, 22:27
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Re: B Permit in advance

How soon does his job start? From what I understand with the Corona situation, right now even EU citizens need to pre-apply for authorization to come here or they won't be let in. Even a signed work contract isn't enough. If he knows roughly where you plan to settle, he could ask the cantonal migration authorities about how to get the pre-aproval for both of you.
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How soon does his job start? From what I understand with the Corona situation, right now even EU citizens need to pre-apply for authorization to come here or they won't be let in. Even a signed work contract isn't enough. If he knows roughly where you plan to settle, he could ask the cantonal migration authorities about how to get the pre-aproval for both of you.
Hi - he starts on 1 August, so most likely the border restrictions will be lifted by then. Regardless, his employer is applying for a Meldebestatigung, so that he can enter Switzerland if the restrictions stay as they are. So either way, we are covered.

I sent a request to the Swiss consulate here in Australia to submit my Visa D application without his permit B number (as advised above), and they've told me the application has to be complete with his permit number included before they will process it. So the rules are different from consulate to consulate. That's a bit annoying .

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Hi - he starts on 1 August, so most likely the border restrictions will be lifted by then. Regardless, his employer is applying for a Meldebestatigung, so that he can enter Switzerland if the restrictions stay as they are. So either way, we are covered.

I sent a request to the Swiss consulate here in Australia to submit my Visa D application without his permit B number (as advised above), and they've told me the application has to be complete with his permit number included before they will process it. So the rules are different from consulate to consulate. That's a bit annoying .
Your Husband should ask his future employer to contact the SEM (authorities in Bern) and ask them for a solution, there must be a work around otherwise EU/Non-EU families are at a disadvantage compared to fully Non-EU families who apply together before coming to the country.
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Re: B Permit in advance

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Hi - he starts on 1 August, so most likely the border restrictions will be lifted by then. Regardless, his employer is applying for a Meldebestatigung, so that he can enter Switzerland if the restrictions stay as they are. So either way, we are covered.

I sent a request to the Swiss consulate here in Australia to submit my Visa D application without his permit B number (as advised above), and they've told me the application has to be complete with his permit number included before they will process it. So the rules are different from consulate to consulate. That's a bit annoying .
Curious, based on what reason does the employer planning to obtain the Meldebestatigung? As far as I understand it is released only in presence of "strong public interest", which today means healthcare sector basically.
My partner is waiting to move to Switzerland from an EU country since two months (works in IT) and so far we did not find a way to do so.
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Re: B Permit in advance

Reading your shipping container thread, I assume you got your permit sorted eventually. How did you manage it?
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