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Old 04.01.2007, 17:16
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I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Something went wrong with my visa application, and I've been asked to leave the country within five days. (Have no fear EF; everything appeared to be okay up until yesterday and my lawyer thinks that immigration made a mistake somewhere along the line. Hopefully, it will be resolved within a a month and I can return soon.)

They gave me a little pink card that I'm required to hand over to the immigration police when I leave. My question is, if I'm going to Munich by train, where/when do I submit this? My guess is that I have to get off at St. Margrethen, and it over and then get back on the next train, but maybe I can give it to the police when they come through my train - if they come through my train. I'm not sure.

Has anyone ever gone through this? Do you have any ideas?
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Old 04.01.2007, 17:35
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Sorry to hear about your drama joshua.

If you are catching the EuroCity Zürich-Lindau-Münich then yes, the train will stop at St.Margrethen for a short time. Normally passport control is conducted on the train as it travels between St.Margrethen and Bregenz. The train normally stops at St.Marg for about 5 minutes, often waiting for the opposing EuroCity service to pull in. I think they do a crew exchange but not always. You should be checked by either Swiss or Austrian border police, but not both as they have rationalised the staffing.

The Zollamt/Grenzwache office (no.1 platform) at that station is not often manned. If you don't see any border police boarding the train at St.Marg I would talk to the conductor on the EuroCity service. The vehicle border crossing is always manned and would probably look after you, but it is about 15min return from the No.3 platform and I think the train does not hang around that long.

I wish you the best of luck in sorting out the drama and hope you get back soon.
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

It might not be a bad idea to phone the immigration office at St. Margrethen to confirm that someone will be there to accept your card, because the consequences of it not being handed in could be pretty serious. I found the phone number for the St. Margrethen office, which deals with both rail and road traffic, on the Swiss Customs website. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to have a man in uniform waiting for you on the platform...

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. Hopefully you'll be back in The Land of Cheese with Holes soon!

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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

you certainly need a stamp from the Swiss upon exit which you'll photocopy and send in to prove you left. I have one somewhere
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Thanks for your suggestions - all very helpful.

New question: I'm now in Munich but I didn't visit the immigration police crossing through at the advice of my lawyer - in case he was able to clear anything up. Unfortunately, my situation hasn't changed and I still need to give them the card. Is St. Margrethen still the closest border station (if traveling from Munich)? If no, where should I go?

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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

if you're with the train, possibly the most convenient.
Also consider contacting the Swiss Consulate in Munich.

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Generalkonsulat der Schweizerischen Eidgenossenschaft
(General Consulate of the Swiss Confederation)
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Cheers for that advice Lob. I'm going to visit the Swiss consulate tomorrow morning at 9AM and hopefully won't have to make a trip to the border just for a stupid little pink card.
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Well so much for that idea: they said they "could" authorize it but they weren't sure if the police would accept it. They recommended that I just go to the border "just in case."

So I have to waste an entire day just to go to the border and tell them, "Yes, I have in fact left the country." I guess it's partially my fault cause I could have done it when I first made the trip, but it seems silly that I can't communicate with them officially from here.
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Hi. Just wanted to update the forum on my situation in case it might be useful to anyone in the future.

After I left Switzerland, I stayed in Munich for several weeks with my girlfriend. (Deportation isn't always a bad thing.) After my lawyer had confirmed to Swiss immigration that I had left the country, they issued the residence permit that they were originally going to issue before they noticed that I had been living in Switzerland illegally. I gave my passport to the Swiss consulate and they returned it the next day with a bright and shiny Swiss residence permit, which, for the curious, is much cooler looking than UK residence permits.

On another note, I'm not sure how much longer I'll even be in Switzerland as my girlfriend and I are planning to move to the States over the next year. So my attendance around the forum will probably be low to nonexistent as I plan my transition and move on to the next adventure. Hopefully I'll make it to at least one more EF social before I take off.
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Re: I'm being deported; how do I notify the immigration police that I've left?

Well, I am glad you got something positive out of everything.

Whatever you decide, I wish you all the best with your endeavours and thank you for your sincere contributions to English Forum.
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