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Biometrics before visa?

Hi everyone,

I'm a non EU citizen who applied for family reunification with my EU wife (she already got her B-Permit last week).

I received an invitation today from Canton Geneva to attend the OCPM and give my biometrics for the permit.

The thing is I haven't got any news regarding my Visa type D application for family reunification.

Has anyone had a similar experience of receving first the appointment for biometrics and no visa?
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Re: Biometrics before visa?

They need the biometrics to issue the permit. You go in, have your picture (digitally) taken, sign a (digital) signature and give a (digital) thumbprint. All of these are encoded in your credit card size permit. They will mail it to you in a few days.

I would think this is good news.

Depending on the Canton the EU and non-EU permits are different.
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They need the biometrics to issue the permit....I would think this is good news.
That's my take on it too. It's part of the process and was my experience when renewing my C Permit. The only caveat is whether the D Visa is a different process from permits -- but the Swiss normally get these things right so I think the OP should be pleased.
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The only caveat is whether the D Visa is a different process from permits.
Visa and permit process are at the same time but handled by different institution. If the family reunification is granted a permit and a visa can be issued. If it is denied neither visa nor permit will be issued. Visa is through the embassy, permit through the canton.

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I received an invitation today from Canton Geneva to attend the OCPM and give my biometrics for the permit.
Are you already in the county? In that case you do not need a visa.

If you are still outside of Switzerland you can see this as a quasi confirmation that the permit was granted and a visa will be issued as well. You should get soon a letter that you have to send in the passport to get the visa stamp. If you do not get news from the embassy within a week check with them if the message got lost.
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Re: Biometrics before visa?

Thank you very much everyone.

I'm worried because the appointment is next week and I'm not in Switzerland. I'll make sure I ring the embassy ASAP.

I'll cautiously celebrate tonight though
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