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Old 24.10.2020, 00:10
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Hi all,

Hope you all are keeping well.

I am in a situation and was wandering if anyone can advice. I have been living in Switzerland for 11 years, Non -EU citizen (Malaysia), B permit (expiry Feb 2021) that allow me to work with any Employer. German level A1 so I canít apply for C permit but I am taking classes. My work contract will finish in December, and although I am looking for work but I am not optimistic if something will come up (Thanks COVID).

I wish to stay in Switzerland and if I donít have a job, the immigration wonít extend my B -permit and I must leave the country. Therefore, I am planning to do further studies and hoping that job market will improve by the time I finish my studies.

1. If I become a student for Post Graduate studies (1-1.5 years). Will my permit be downgraded to L-permit or shall I be able to retain the same B Permit?
2. Students entering Switzerland the first time, their student time is generally not counted towards residency, but I have already been a resident of Switzerland for 11 years. Once I finish my studies, do I have to restart 10+ years of stay in Switzerland to be eligible to apply for C-permit.


I checked with Geminde and Immigration office but they simply say send us the document and we will decide. They couldnít answer my two questions. I am lost as I donít know what route should I take. Getting a job is not in my hand but I can decide enrolling for further studies.

I just want to take an informed decision but I donít have right information. Google searches to my questions didnít help, and whomsoever I spoke to have his or her opinion. Are you aware of any good immigration lawyer who understand the rules and can guide me through? I am not going for a legal battle but just looking for an expert advice. I have never been to a lawyer, no idea how much it cost

Many thanks
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Old 24.10.2020, 09:25
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If you've been here 11 years and have an open B surely you're entitled to register for RAV and get unemployment benefit while you look for a new job. And to have your permit renewed.

Students usually get a B permit, but it's a student one.

Since you wouldn't be entering Switzerland again (would you?) then there'd be no change in your residency status.
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