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Old 14.08.2008, 15:01
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Lead time for entry visa

Hi,

How much is generally the lead time for the entry visa .

This is the information I got:

"the authorisation has arrived but the entry visa not yet"

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Old 15.08.2008, 02:43
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Re: Lead time for entry visa

No replies yet,I will try and explain the process again for non EU.

The prospective employer in Switzerland must submit the residence permit application on behalf of the foreign national. With the exception of EU/EFTA citizens, foreign nationals generally cannot apply for appropriate residence permits themselves. The Swiss employer will file an application for an employment authorization (Arbeitsbewilligung) with the local labor department. The local labor department will then review the application and determine whether qualified Swiss/EU/EEA workers are available to fill the position and whether the position warrants an employment authorization. Once the local labor office has made a positive determination regarding the employment authorization application, the local labor office will send the foreign national’s file to the local migration office (Migrationsamt).Employer is also informed about this approval.


Once the local migration office has received the foreign national’s file containing the approved employment authorization, the local migration office will determine whether the applicant should be granted a residence authorization (Aufenthaltsbewilligung) for his/her prospective stay in Switzerland. If Swiss public policy permits that such a residence authorization be granted, then the local migration will approve the residence authorization application and will forward the entire file to the national migration office in Berne. The national migration office in Berne will then authorize the Swiss Embassy/Consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant’s permanent residence to issue the proper entry visa.


Coming back to my original question,HR informed that the step 1 is complete.Work authorization has been received.Would be helpful in planning the move if someone can share the expected time frame for the second step.



P.S: This is for non EU
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Old 15.08.2008, 07:35
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Re: Lead time for entry visa

Hi,

we relocated from Australia only a few weeks ago - from work contract to local approval took about 4 weeks, and from that to being able to pick up our visas in Sydney, took about another 4 weeks. Also, we emailed the consulate general in Sydney and informed them that our work permit had been approved in Zurich and we were awaiting our visas - seems the immigration authorities in Switzerland sometimes/often transmit the approvals with no contact information for the person in their country (eg. Australia) so unless we contacted them they wouldn't contact us (I think they figure 90% of people contact them when they *know* the permit is on its way. Once they had our local phone number and email (in Aust) they contacted us straight away as soon as the approvals came in (they could also 'track' the progress on their computer system - so they confirmed all our documents, paperwork lodged, approvals 'not yet', etc)...they were also excellent at conveying the 'normal' process in our own language!

My husband's forms were lodged at first without mine or the kids paperwork (they only had his ID, and ours had to be sent express-post), and our visas were approved about 5 days apart. So two trips to the consulate were made. We went in person to the consulate and it took the lady about half an hour to process the paperwork (there's quite a few things you need, plus a form to fill and a fee to pay)...but at least we went home with them 'in our pockets'.

Oh and the 'visa' is an entry permit - it's permission to enter the country for work purposes. Once you have this, you can start work on entry into the country. You can also get a bank account (so you can be paid!) and you can set up your accommodation lease. you also have to register at the local town hall within 8 days of arrival, and make sure you also present your 'entry permit' page to the immigration officials on arrival - so they stamp it with the date of arrival - so you can't be accused of arriving outside your 'entry permit' dates.

Even though we had our entry dates fixed before our entry permits were processed, they applied a 'window' for entry as being from the day the permits were approved, to a date in October (three months later)...so in case anything went wrong we could still enter later than planned...

Oh, and one last thing, one you arrive and register with the local authorities (at the town hall) - they process your 'work permit' properly to give you a residency authority - I have no idea how long this takes, but until then we are basically living her under approval, without actually having a permanent residency type thing...and as people can tell you here, those permits are a bit rubbery - some people get short ones, some long ones, some one year renewable, some up to 5 years...

Your work contract will affect in some way how this goes - ours is a one-year renewable work contract, although we intend to stay 3-5 years minimum, and the employer would like us to stay this long too - but I think a 'normal' work contract is one year renewable... so we might only get a one year work visa, and then have to renew it.

Basically, my impression has been that the local office in Zurich is overworked and underpaid (well, one person going off on 'sick leave' for a week nearly threw everything apart)...but the local consulate in Sydney were fabulously helpful...

It's very stressful for us, but it was excellent in the end - so try to keep an eye on the process without letting your own stress overwhelm things - I know that was my problem - the waiting nearly killed me - especially when we had to give up our house, jobs, family and 80% of our belongings before we had the visas approved!
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Re: Lead time for entry visa

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Coming back to my original question,HR informed that the step 1 is complete.Work authorization has been received.Would be helpful in planning the move if someone can share the expected time frame for the second step.



P.S: This is for non EU
Your question is confusing as you state your nationality (in your profile) as UK, you location as Urdorf and your username is 'John_has_arrived'...
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Re: Lead time for entry visa

Sorry about the confusion,I should have explained it.This is for my gf who is now in the UK and planning to shift to Switzerland.

She got clarification from HR saying it takes generally 2-3 weeks after getting the work authorisation.

Thanks a lot swisspea for detailed explanation.This forum rocks
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Sorry about the confusion,I should have explained it.This is for my gf who is now in the UK and planning to shift to Switzerland.

She got clarification from HR saying it takes generally 2-3 weeks after getting the work authorisation.

Thanks a lot swisspea for detailed explanation.This forum rocks
So is your GF an UK national then or not?
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Re: Lead time for entry visa

She is not UK national.

Surprise the entry visa is received today only.
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