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Freezings B permit for 2 years

Hello,
I hope this question is not repeated,I have read many posts about this topic but I always got mixed information. Also the information on official websites are all in German.
I'm currently holding a Swiss permit B for family reunification, I have lived in Switzerland for 6 years, and I would like to go back to my home country (non EU
) for a couple of years to be with my parents.

I have notified the Stadhaus of my departure and they informed be that I'm allowed for up to 6 months abroad.

In order to keep my B permit residency:
After the 6 months, can I go to Switzerland for 2 weeks and go back to my country?
Or is there an option to freeze my residency for 2 years?

I appreciate any information in this matter, thanks all.
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Old 31.08.2020, 21:40
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Re: Freezings B permit for 2 years

Welcome to the Forum. There is no option to freeze or put a B permit on hold. Only C permits can be placed on hold, and only for very specific reasons.

The purpose of family reunification is that the center of your life is here. Being abroad for 6 months, back for 2 weeks, then abroad again would not qualify as keeping the center of your life here.
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Re: Freezings B permit for 2 years

What those reasons might be for example? For a C visa holder. And how long could the Permit C be placed on hold? Thanks upfront.
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Re: Freezings B permit for 2 years

Thank you for reply. I guess I’ll have to notify them to terminate it and re-apply when I’m ready to go back.
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What those reasons might be for example? For a C visa holder. And how long could the Permit C be placed on hold? Thanks upfront.
A C-Permit can be frozen if, for example, one left Switzerland to go to study abroad, for a fixed duration course, or if one's employer sent one abroad to work, for a phase.

In both cases, it must be seen as very likely that the C-Permit holder will return to Switzerland within the set timeframe, so as to continue living in Switzerland as their normal place of residence.
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Thank you for reply. I guess I’ll have to notify them to terminate it and re-apply when I’m ready to go back.
If your cititzenship is EU, this will be no problem at all. You can de-register, and your B-permit will cease, and then, whenever you would like to return to Switzerland, you can
  • come in as a tourist (for max 3 months at a time), or
  • come in to look for work (for max 3 months) or
  • else, if you have a job and can support yourself, you will automatically be granted a B-Permit again, upon showing your contract at the municipality.

If your citizenship is non-EU, there is no guarantee at all that you will be granted another B-Permit, or even an L-permit, to stay in Switzerland again. Depending on your nationality, you may or may not need a visa to visit Switzerland as a tourist (for the duration specified in that visa), and this visa may or may not be granted when you apply for it. If you are fortunate enough to find employment while you are outside Switzerland, your employer will then have to go through all the formalities of proving to the migration authorities that they were unable to fill the post with a Swiss person, with a foreigner already living in Switzerland, or with someone from the EU, and only having achieved that, a permit might be issued for you.


In short, be aware that, unless you are EU, or have a specialised niche skill that will benefit the Swiss economy, if you turn in your B-permit now you may never have the opportunity to have another, later on.
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Re: Freezings B permit for 2 years

It should be noted that the above reflect the current rules. The vote in September could dramatically change the rules for EU nationals. Not overnight but relatively soon.
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Re: Freezings B permit for 2 years

YOYOs are not a Swiss thing
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It should be noted that the above reflect the current rules. The vote in September could dramatically change the rules for EU nationals. Not overnight but relatively soon.
The current rules as you say are the only rules so far in place. Just to lower the level of drama: initial surveys suggest the popular initiative would be rejected by quite a margin
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