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C permit requirements for Non-EU marriage to Non-EU; language and debts

Hello All!

I am a non-EU citizen (asian country) working in Zurich. I have been living in Switzerland for almost 7.5 years on a B permit. I am currently learning German to hopefully receive the language certifications required for C permit.

I would like to apply for C permit in ~1 year with fast track (if all goes well).

However, at the same time, I am planning to get married to my non-EU (asian country as well) girlfriend hopefully sometime this year.

I have a few questions:

1) Is higher Language the only additional criteria for a fast track c-permit? I am from an asian country. I am not sure if I am eligible for a fast track permit. I spent 4.5 years on a study B permit, and 3 years on an employment B permit, and my salary is decently high I believe (> 300'000 CHF).

2) Will the marriage affect my procedure for getting a C-permit? Because, in some places, I read statements like you have to show that your entire family is integrated into swiss life.

3) Finally, many documents say that I shouldn't have any private or public debts. How would I know if I don't have any debts? I have lived in many places and it could be possible that I received some bill in some previous address that I didn't pay. In addition, one time, I sent my tax documents to a tax agent and they spent sometime on the return, but later I switched to another tax agent due to some reasons. However, the first one never sent me a bill.
However, at the same time, I have never received any summons or calls and have tried to update my address in as many places as I can.

To summarize, is it possible to have debts if you haven't heard any summons or received any letters in your current address?

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Old 01.02.2021, 20:21
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1) Is higher Language the only additional criteria for a fast track c-permit? I am from an asian country. I am not sure if I am eligible for a fast track permit. I spent 4.5 years on a study B permit, and 3 years on an employment B permit, and my salary is decently high I believe (> 300'000 CHF).
Respect the law (no criminal record entries), employed during the last 5 years (special rules for pensioners), no registered debts, never got social aid (unemployment benefits is not social aid!), plus the language part.

For full details see this information from the canton Zurich:
https://www.zh.ch/content/dam/zhweb/...ewilligung.pdf


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2) Will the marriage affect my procedure for getting a C-permit? Because, in some places, I read statements like you have to show that your entire family is integrated into swiss life.
Yes. If you want an early based on good integration C the spouse must have a language skill of level A2.

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3) Finally, many documents say that I shouldn't have any private or public debts. How would I know if I don't have any debts? .
It simply means you have no outstanding final tax bill and you have no entry in the Swiss debt collection registry (Betreibungsregister). You can have loans, mortgages, unpaid bills.
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Re: C permit requirements for Non-EU marriage to Non-EU; language and debts

Thank you so much for the quick response.

You answered all my questions


Just a follow-up question:

If I actually had a debt, I assume that someone must have called me about it. I haven't received any such calls in last 6 years.

The last time I had an issue with debt collection was ~6 years, when I didn't pay the AXA household bill on time as I was in a different canton and didn't receive the letter. However, that was taken care of and I confirmed afterwards that the debt collection letter from registrar was empty. Since then I have moved in multiple addresses.

But have never received a notice or call.

That should mean no debts, right?

I believe my question is that is it possible for you to have any debt collection on your name but don't know about it.
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I believe my question is that is it possible for you to have any debt collection on your name but don't know about it.
Very, very unlikely. It is a formal process with special registered letters etc.

One might really be that obtuse and totally oblivious and not realized that the authorities have sized a bit from the pay check. Special when it is as big as yours.
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Thank you so much for the quick response.

You answered all my questions

Just a follow-up question:

If I actually had a debt, I assume that someone must have called me about it. I haven't received any such calls in last 6 years.

The last time I had an issue with debt collection was ~6 years, when I didn't pay the AXA household bill on time as I was in a different canton and didn't receive the letter. However, that was taken care of and I confirmed afterwards that the debt collection letter from registrar was empty. Since then I have moved in multiple addresses.

But have never received a notice or call.

That should mean no debts, right?

I believe my question is that is it possible for you to have any debt collection on your name but don't know about it.
You'll need to order a debt register extract anyway. No guessing. Either there's something in the record...or not.

You can order now if you're curious. Otherwise wait because it needs to have been recently issued.
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Thank you for answering all the questions
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