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Old 15.08.2021, 11:40
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Application for C permit in Canton Zurich for US citizens after 5 years

The previous threads on this topic are kind of old, I'm wondering if anybody has done this recently. I'm a US citizens working in Canton Zurich for more than 5 years now. I know that US citizens can apply for C permit after 5 years. I just never got around to it and continued renewing my B permit every year

I'm wondering what is the exact procedure. Some threads seem to suggest that all I have to do is to write in my B permit renewal form that "I want the C permit because I've been here for 5 years and I'm a US citizen" (in German of course). And submit a A2 language certificate.

But most of the discussion for C permit revolve around non-US/Canada, non-EU citizens wanting the 5 year "fast track good integration" process. And that requires a lot more documents like proof of no criminal record, documents showing that you owe no money and did not use welfare, employment contract, etc.

So do those documents apply for US citizens?

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Re: Application for C permit in Canton Zurich for US citizens after 5 years

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So do those documents apply for US citizens?
Yes, they do. I advise reading this document, your situation is handled in paragraph 4.1.2 and the list of documents you need to submit is under 4.2.1/2.
And yes, in Zurich (city) the correct procedure to apply for a C permit at the B renewal time would be to write that in the remarks section of the B renewal form and hand in all the required docs at the Kreisbüro. It's not mandatory to wait until you have to renew the B permit but you'd probably have to ask Migrationsamt ZH about what to do in this case.
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