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How long does Bern take to approve a Geneva-authorized B permit?

We've learned that the OCPM in Geneva has agreed to grant us a permis B pour rentiers. The file has now gone to Bern for official authorization. Does anyone know how long it can take for Bern to issue the final decision, once the canton has agreed to a permit? Until it does, the local embassy can't issue us a D visa to immigrate and we can't risk shipping our personal effects to Switzerland. Are we looking at a wait of a month? Two months? All information welcome!
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Re: How long does Bern take to approve a Geneva-authorized B permit?

Oh man, I think I'm in a similar situation as you!! OCPM in Geneva told me I may have to wait until the end of 2021 and maybe even early 2022 for my D visa to get approved. When did OCPM receive your application? They got mine in mid-February, and this is what they told me today.

Originally, the Swiss embassy in Washington told me it would take 8–10 weeks, so I'm really confused and upset with the apparent discrepancy between what the embassy is saying and what OCPM is saying.
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Re: How long does Bern take to approve a Geneva-authorized B permit?

It just depends. Someone else here got their approval in 24 hours. It takes as long as it takes.
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Re: How long does Bern take to approve a Geneva-authorized B permit?

There are a limited number of non-EU B permits issued each year. If the Cantons quota has been exhausted you may need to wait until someone turns theirs back in, or a new quota is released.

Nyon is in Vaud, not Geneva.
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Re: How long does Bern take to approve a Geneva-authorized B permit?

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There are a limited number of non-EU B permits issued each year. If the Cantons quota has been exhausted you may need to wait until someone turns theirs back in, or a new quota is released.

Nyon is in Vaud, not Geneva.
Yep, and if you want to live in Nyon then you need a new permit from Vaud. Geneva approved permits are only for Geneva canton.
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