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Love in the time of Coronvirus: getting a visa in Taipei

Hello everyone,

First, thanks to everyone for any information they can give me. This is my first post, but after reading a lot of the posts in this forum, I can see you have a lot of really helpful people here.

This is a bit of a complicated situation. I am an American citizen, currently living in Taiwan and have a Taiwanese residency permit (which generally allows me to apply for visas for consulates in Taipei). My fiancee is Swiss, from Ticino but now registered and living in Zurich. I had originally planned to spend three months with her this summer, then next spring we would both move to the US to get married, but Switzerland currently has barred all non-Schengen people (with a couple exceptions). My life and time is super flexible now due to the fact that I work remotely and (for the next year due to coronavirus restrictions at my university in California) am pursing a PhD remotely, so I am happy to do whatever it takes to get to live with my fiancee (even if it means we have to get married this summer even though none of my family would be allowed into the country for the wedding). In case this information is useful: I already have an MA, I'm in my early 30's with some high profile work experience and we both have money saved and family who would sponsor us with added funds if needed. Any advice on how to get a visa? (I assume I need a D visa)

In case you don't know the situation in Taiwan: First, Taiwan is one of the only countries that basically didn't have a coronavirus outbreak at all, just some people got it abroad and were quarantined on arrival but it never spread, so risk of importing the virus is basically 0. Second, Taiwan has a tricky political situation were it is a de facto country, but foreign countries can't call their embassies "embassies" since that would anger China which says Taiwan in part of China. Instead, all consular affairs are conducted through "The Trade Office of Swiss Industries" which is an embassy in everything but name.

BTW: The telephone number for the Swiss office in Taiwan appears disconnected and it says you need to make an appointment before hand. Otherwise I would have asked them directly instead of bother you nice people.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I just want to see my loved one.


Thanks,
-Jim
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Old 12.06.2020, 21:27
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Re: Love in the time of Coronvirus: getting a visa in Taipei

These are the current rules, under the special regulations due to Covid-19.
https://www.englishforum.ch/3190529-post8.html

Given those, your partner in Switzerland could find out whether she fulfils the standard requirements for family reunification. They include such matters as proving that her income is high enough to support you both, and showing a rental contract that is large enough for you both. These, by Swiss standards. If she does, then she could apply for you to be allowed in, to marry her.
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Re: Love in the time of Coronvirus: getting a visa in Taipei

Seems like it should be possible, from:
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...weigerung.html
Section: Rules applicable to unmarried couples (apart from those resident in Germany and Austria)

Can I enter Switzerland in order to prepare for my wedding?
The cantonal migration authorities are once again processing applications for short stay permits from people planning to marry or enter into a registered partnership with a Swiss citizen or with a foreign citizen holding a residence or permanent residence permit. The same applies to same-sex couples who are planning to have their registered partnership certified. Third-country citizens planning to come to Switzerland for these reasons must apply to the Swiss representation at their place of residence abroad.
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Re: Love in the time of Coronvirus: getting a visa in Taipei

Thank you both for your help.


I finally got through to the Swiss office in Taipei. They basically told me that at this time there is no way, regardless of what was written about the wedding planning, and I just need to wait until the Schengen zone makes a decision on non-EU people.
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