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Old 23.07.2020, 02:54
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Work Permits + Family Reunification Non-EU

Hello All,

Long-time reader, first time poster!

My husband and I are moving to Canton Bern for my new job and are currently waiting on approval of my work permit, which was submitted by my employer. We've been told that my work permit has gone through, but have not yet received the "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung" via email; my employer told us to expect it by the end of this week. We were also told by my employer that my husband should complete the application for the D Permit - Family Reunification.

Here's where my questions begin:

1) When I receive my "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung" via email, I understand that I should send my passport + other documents to the Embassy so the visa can be issued. Should we send my husband's D Permit application and passport at the same time?

2) If yes, will they both be quickly approved (we see online that the visa should only take a few days since it's already been approved), or is it possible that his D Permit takes longer since he doesn't have a pre-approved work permit? (We see 8-10 weeks on the SEM website)

3) If no, what documents do we send, and when? Where should we expect instructions to come from? Are they included on the "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung"

I'd love to hear any similar experiences. Doing this during COVID has been super stressful; I know there will eventually be a light at the end of this tunnel!
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Old 23.07.2020, 09:45
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Re: Work Permits + Family Reunification Non-EU

Hello VBK,

I am also in somewhat similar situation. Have received Work permit approval from both Zurich Canton and SEM but for last 2 weeks waiting for "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung".

In my case my employer applied for my work permit and dependents permit together as part of same file. I understand that approvals received are for both me and dependents. With this, dependent Visa should not take 8-10 weeks but issued together with my visa.

I am non-EU but works in Germany and understands that Visa should be issued on the same day I go to consulate with visa application.

I suggest to check with your employer, whether they included your husband's application together with yours. If yes, then my understanding is:

1) Yes, you should send visa documents for your husband along with yours
2) No, it should not take 8-10 weeks for your husband to get visa but it should be issued along with yours in few days
3) Website of Embassy where you'll be applying should have the list of documents that you need to submit for you and your husband.

This is based on my understanding of process but I am no expert in this area.

P.S: Can you please let me know when were your wrk permit approved; for how long you have been waiting for "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung". Usually it should not take long but I have been waiting for 2 weeks not to get that email.
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Re: Work Permits + Family Reunification Non-EU

I agree with NonEUinEU's comments. We moved from the US last year, and the employer applied for both of our permits at the same time. I suggest checking with your employer about whether they submitted the application for family reunification. If this application is done by the employer, the embassy said we didn't need to submit a full application on our side. We just needed to send our passports and both of our authorizations once issued.

If in doubt, you could email the embassy. We received a really quick response from the embassy in DC when we asked what materials we needed to submit: washington.visa@eda.admin.ch

Here was our experience in response to your questions:
1) We sent our passport and authorization materials at the same time
2) We sent materials to the embassy on a Saturday and the embassy shipped back the D visas in our passports on Wednesday (we shipped via FedEx and used a self-addressed FedEx envelope to ship back, which worked great)
3) I believe we only sent our passports and the authorizations. Since your employer told you to complete the D application for your husband, your process may be different than ours.

This was all last year pre-COVID, I'm not sure how things look now.

Good luck!
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Old 23.07.2020, 11:29
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Except I expect Texas would be dealt with by the Atlanta consulate and not Washington.

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...e-atlanta.html

It's not a D permit you need to apply for, but a Type D visa which allows you and your husband to enter Switzerland for more than the 90 day tourist limit legally.

And do check if a family reunification permit application was done by your employer because if not then your husband can't travel with you since he will not have a permit to reside here.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification

If not, then check with the embassy/consulate if it can be done quickly if you have the necessary documents that are required.

Also note that his will be a residence permit only; it won't include work rights. Depending on what permit you're granted he may or may not be able to work here.
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Hello All,

Long-time reader, first time poster!

My husband and I are moving to Canton Bern for my new job and are currently waiting on approval of my work permit, which was submitted by my employer. We've been told that my work permit has gone through, but have not yet received the "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung" via email; my employer told us to expect it by the end of this week. We were also told by my employer that my husband should complete the application for the D Permit - Family Reunification.

Here's where my questions begin:

1) When I receive my "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung" via email, I understand that I should send my passport + other documents to the Embassy so the visa can be issued. Should we send my husband's D Permit application and passport at the same time?

2) If yes, will they both be quickly approved (we see online that the visa should only take a few days since it's already been approved), or is it possible that his D Permit takes longer since he doesn't have a pre-approved work permit? (We see 8-10 weeks on the SEM website)

3) If no, what documents do we send, and when? Where should we expect instructions to come from? Are they included on the "Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung"

I'd love to hear any similar experiences. Doing this during COVID has been super stressful; I know there will eventually be a light at the end of this tunnel!
Hello VBK,

You were expecting Ermächtigung zur Zisumerteilung by end of week. Can you pls tell if you received that?
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