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B permit; Non-EU

Hi, I recently got a job at Valais. The consultant at the company applied for visa in June. How long does it take to get B swiss permit? I am Non-EU.
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Re: B permit; Non-EU

Several weeks probably and it could also be an L permit as you are non EU.

Have a look around the forum, several threads on permits.

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Re: B permit; Non-EU

Well, the threads I read so far were before COVID situation. I wonder if someone recently got the working permit. Also, does it also depend on a Canton?
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Re: B permit; Non-EU

It can also make a big difference which person handles your case, not just which Canton. I've known identical situations result in different outcomes for applicants, and known a person to receive something akin to no from person x on 1 day, and something akin to yes from person y the very next day when they went back and asked for the exact same thing.


We have examples of the difference in the handling of identical requests in other threads.
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Re: B permit; Non-EU

Thank for the information. So more or less, it's a 50-50 chance.
That's super scary!
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Re: B permit; Non-EU

You have the good fortune of getting help with it. Plenty have to handle this alone. There's nothing to fear at this stage for you, I reckon (but we all have stuff we worry about needlessly). Wait and see what happens, and ask the support person for help, should you need it.
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Re: B permit; Non-EU

Your employer wouldn't bother applying for a permit for you if they knew you had no chance of getting it. That's not a guarantee of course but if they apply they must at least be confident it'll be approved and not be a waste of their time.

But most likely you will get an L rather than B. Two reasons:
1) the normal process in Valais is officially that 24 months on an L permit are a prerequisite to getting a B permit. It's silly as that is not at all the purpose of L permits according to the federal law, but it's the way it is. Cantons have some latitude in how they choose to enact immigration policy. There are apparently exceptions made, but on what basis, I don't know.
2) I've been told the Valais annual B-permit quota share is very small, and they had a sudden large influx (larger than the number of B permit they have to give) of specialised pharma workers for one of the vaccine production facilities based here.

The time it takes can vary quite a lot, and there's no way to predict. It also depends a lot on how straightforward your case is. In our experience this spring, it was impressively quick to get the permit approved (work authorities approval within 15 days, then Valais and federal immigration approval a week or so later). But then getting the permit once here has been quite different. My wife got her approval early May, flew in mid-May, registered at the commune last week of May after quarantine. 6 weeks later, the cantonal immigration office has yet to call her to come get her biometrics taken, let alone get the actual permit. I applied for family reunification and change of canton a month ago today and have yet to hear anything at all from immigration.
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