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Old 30.03.2023, 11:04
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How long for C permit application to be processed?

B permit expiring at the end of May. I got the 'Verfallsanzeige' (the letter notifying that it will expire soon) on March 13. Submitted application on 20 March. They wrote back to ask for a missing document, provided that on 21 March. Since then, I haven't heard a thing.

How long can I expect the process to take? Will I get some kind of notification that all is good, or will my permit just arrive in the post one day? Will I need to somehow hand back my old permit? (My biometric data according to the Verfallsanzeige is valid for another 2-3 years, so probably no need to provide that.)

I'm in BE, if that makes a difference. Many thanks!
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Old 30.03.2023, 11:26
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Re: How long for C permit application to be processed?

It depends on your luck, i applied in Octobre, received a positive answer from my canton in vaud in November and that they sent it to SEM in Bern. Since then i got nothing. i asked last month in my commune and they said theyre overloaded with work and have a huge backlog. Although ive seen people applying in february this year and getting it after a month which i find very unfair but appearantly there are assigned people in SEM for each region so maybe you'll be lucky and get it before
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Re: How long for C permit application to be processed?

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They wrote back to ask for a missing document, provided that on 21 March. Since then, I haven't heard a thing.
March 21 is only 6 business days ago. Try to be realistic even though you're anxious. It takes as long as it takes. Even being married to a Swiss I didn't get my C permit in 6 days. I can't remember now, but I think it was near the 3-month mark.

If you're eligible, the C will most likely come before the B expires. Even if it's delayed, you're allowed to stay while it's processing.
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Re: How long for C permit application to be processed?

I applied for the C permit on 02.09.2022 and received it by registered post on 16.09.2022
I am married to a Swiss though, hope that helps
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Re: How long for C permit application to be processed?

How long does it take to do a search? Rhetorical question, you donít have to answer.
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