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My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Hi,
I am in a very frustrating situation and would very much like to have information and views in this one.
I am non-EU with an L permit working for an international company in Canton Vaud. We applied for my wife's visa after 2 weeks from my visa application and I received the visa another 2 weeks after that. That means it took 4 weeks for me to get the visa.
A couple of days after getting the visa, I entered Switzerland and registered with the commune and it took a further 1 month to get my L-permit.
However we are still waiting for my wife's visa. This week it has been 2 months since her application and we are told that the application is pending with the cantonal population service. The service does not provide a timeline as to processing of the request.
Being seperated from family for a long time especially with a three month old baby puts great strains on our shoulders.
I'd very much like to have information, learn about your experiences under these kind of circumstances.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do, but wait.

One of my colleagues has the same problem. He even went to the kreisbüro and sent e-mails. The response he received was please be patient, your permit is being processed.

We suspect it had something to do with sexism. It seems that men get their permits quicker then women.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

One thing more, have you applied for a permit for the baby, I thing you need a seperate one for the baby.....

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Unfortunately, there is not much you can do, but wait.

One of my colleagues has the same problem. He even went to the kreisbüro and sent e-mails. The response he received was please be patient, your permit is being processed.

We suspect it had something to do with sexism. It seems that men get their permits quicker then women.
Not a gender problem. Employee permits are processed faster. Dependent visas are processed with lower priority.

Also investigations are needed to establish that the accompanying persons are genuinely dependent, i.e. scrutiny of marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

we applied in Canton Zurich and our problem was that the cantonal office accepted my husband's forms without the family's paperwork - we needed to supply a copy of our marriage certificate and also copies of the children's birth certificates - we photographed them and sent the photos via email to the employer, who attached them to our application - so the forms were lodged twice...about a week apart...

If this had not happened, we would have had lots of problems.

Do you have someone from your employer's office who was responsible for lodging the paperwork ?

Can you double-check that the forms were completed with the preferred consulate being the one closest to where your wife is living ? Did it include your baby and wife's details ?

If so, then I would suggest emailing that consulate office - I am assuming that is the same consulate office as the one that you got your visa from - they will have a computer system that will tell them the status update of your application...be polite and you will probably find them very helpful - they are the 'end' of the line... I found the consulate office in Sydney the most helpful of all, as basically once the approval gets to them, they get to take your money, sticker your passport, and another happy customer !!

It's kind of like a one-way process - the local authorities are actually where the process starts, but the local consulate at your home country is the end of the line where all the paperwork is heading...

All you need is permission for them to enter the country - after that, they can jump on the plane!

Other thing is to send a polite email to the consulate in your home country (where your wife is) giving your personal contact details (address, contact email and phone numbers) so that they know how to contact her as soon as the approval comes through...we did this and it made things run smoother...

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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Thanks to everyone who took time to reply to this thread.
We got information today that we now have an authorization, thus a visa.
The reason for the waiting was that the consulate apparently took the application on my wife's maiden name. And I was all the time asking the consulate with my surname if the authorization is through or not.

About the baby, she was already registered on her mother's passport before the visa application. We gave her details on the visa application form and birth certificates, copies of registration were among the required documents.

So I think visa for a 3-month-old baby, who doesn't even have her own passport would not be required.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Excellent!

Hope your wife and baby have a safe journey and enjoy Switzerland!
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Need kind advice from you guys on the below scenario related to spousal visa:

Husband & wife have different nationalities (Husband –Indian, Wife – Singaporean). Husband is working in Switzerland on B Permit and wife is working in Singapore. If wife wants to move to Switzerland on dependent B permit, is it possible to apply this once she is here? (PS: SGP citizens can live in Switzerland without a visa for 3 months)

What is the procedure for dependent B permit?

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Old 22.10.2008, 11:24
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Hi,

we were advised it is not allowed to come into the country as a 'tourist' (eg. 3 months no permit required) and then convert it whilst here.

The dependent permit can take up to 4 months to be processed, but once approved it can be picked up from any Swiss consulate outside of Switzerland - so possible for example to pick up in Munich (that's what we were told).

The process appears reasonably simple - I think your employer / HR can take care of the paperwork. All we needed was a normal photocopy of the passport and marriage certificate. The consulate cross-checked this information at the 'local' end (eg. Australia)...so in that respect it might be faster to lodge and for her to pick up in Singapore, and would be treated as more 'legitimate' than trying to manouvre the system with her already living in Switzerland.

In fact, our permits were approved about 4 weeks after submission, and we were told 1-4 months to process - so you might find that once the right forms are in at the Swiss end (via your employer) then the actual entry permit is fast...there's really no reason for them to reject the application as long as all the paperwork is in order.

Oh, another thing. Assuming you do get the 'entry permit' in Singapore, it's a sticker that goes into your wife's passport, make sure when she does arrive in Switzerland on that permit, that it is between the dates approved (might be 'must enter between' date of issue and maybe a 6 week or 3 month window)...that she draws attention to this when crossing immigration in Switzerland, so they stamp the entry permit with the date of arrival, this 'Proves' she arrived as per the permit, and not illegally...

Hope that makes sense. We entered as a family with work permit and then the visa issued was an L for all of us for one year - we were told this would be converted to a B on the second renewal (fingers crossed)...
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Hi everyone,

On this issue...I am a little confused too. My wife will be getting a dependent B permit and is planning to fly to Switzerland about 5 weeks after me (already booked). Is there a worry that her visa may not be processed by then?

We assumed that she could enter as a tourist and wait for her visa to be processed, but it seems this isn't the case?
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Old 27.10.2008, 21:35
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

worst case scenario is having to leave Switzerland and have the entry visa issued in Munich or some other Swiss consulate/embassy then re-enter...

Ours was processed to Sydney about the same distance of time between submission (ie. husbands application went in about 10 days ahead of mine, and his permit was issued about 10 days ahead of mine).

As said, if you are unsure, I found the consulate general in Sydney extremely helpful, and although they can't speed things up any faster, they can certainly tell you if the application is pending... (our was delayed due to the employer needing copies of the kids birth certificates and our marriage certificate and also the person who was handling it in Zurich went on holidays and left it in his 'in tray' with a note!...for two weeks!..and no-one else would take it out of there (our employer tried to have it sorted!)...

In fact, we were told 2-4 months for approval, and ours were done in 4 weeks...
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Swispea:
Is this vaid for non-EU citizens (Chile)?. If really it is, then that can be a good solution:
"worst case scenario is having to leave Switzerland and have the entry visa issued in Munich or some other Swiss consulate/embassy then re-enter..."

I mean: came here and once the dependant visas are approved, go to Germany (or France or Italy), pick-up there the Visas, and then re-enter.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

I'd assume it would work as long as you have open access in/out of Germany or France or wherever you want to go to get your visa issued...

On an Australian passport I can go into EU, Switzerland or UK for three months without needing a visa, as a tourist...I'm not sure if you can do the same from Chile...
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Hi all,
I have a similar problem which fits into this thread.
I have an India (non-EU) passport. My organization is sending me to work at Vaud. Through my organization, I applied for a 'L' work permit along with my wife's dependent permit. This was in last week of Jan 2009. I received my authorization letter by 3rd week of March and by March-end I received my entry Visa.

I delayed my trip to Switzerland by almost a month so that I could travel with my wife. Now my travel date is 25th April but still there is no info about my wife's dependent permit.
From other threads I could gather that for dependent, it takes 2 to 3 months and by April 25, it will be 3 months for my spouse's application.

I am very worried as I have no news about the status. Atleast if my spouse's authorization no. was received, I would have been slightly relaxed with the thought that soon she will get the entry visa.
I am repeatedly following up with my organization's relevant department, but they are not able to provide any info about the status of her permit.

Now, I have the following questions:
1. Could there be a possibility that her application is rejected (though I see no reason as to why this should be so)?
2. If there is a rejection, is there a delay in informing or is it mentioned at the beginning itself.
3. If any additional documents are needed, will this be mentioned in the beginning or is it that at the end of 3 month period I could be informed that there are some documents missing in her application.
4. Once I reach Switzerland, which is the place where I can inquire about my wife's application status.

I would be very grateful if my above questions are answered.
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1. Could there be a possibility that her application is rejected (though I see no reason as to why this should be so)?
Yes, it is always possible.

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2. If there is a rejection, is there a delay in informing or is it mentioned at the beginning itself.
This would be when the decision is made.

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3. If any additional documents are needed, will this be mentioned in the beginning or is it that at the end of 3 month period I could be informed that there are some documents missing in her application.
It is up to your HR dept to ensure the correct documents accompany the application.

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4. Once I reach Switzerland, which is the place where I can inquire about my wife's application status.
This would probably be your HR dept or possibly the Swiss embassy in your home country. You could also enquire at the local town hall where you register on arrival but don't expect too much from them.
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

I have a number of friends who have gone through the same process - all from India.
Most of the time it takes anywhere from 3-6 months to get the visa in Vaud - sorry
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Thanks swissbob. Thanks Itzoe.

Hi swissbob,
For your answer to my Q-2, I would like to clarify what I meant.
Is it possible that the authorities have decided to reject the application and then they have forgotten or not bothered to inform us about this, when the decision is made.
For your answer to my Q-3, I would like to mention that my HR dept has provided me with a checklist and they don't accept the documents unless the checklist is received completely. So there is no issue from my HR dept.
The issue is could it be that the Visa granting authorities realize that they need additional documents from me. In such a case, will they ask for those additional documents before they decide to reject/accept or will they reject the application outright.
Regarding a point in your answer to my Q-4, I tried many times to call the Swiss Embassy in my home country but without any help.
The situation is that for processing, a set of documents (both mine & dependent's) were sent to Switzerland for the authorization number and another set of documents were sent to the home country Swiss Embassy along with passport.
In my case, I received a copy of the authorization number of my Work Permit from Switzerland, which was then forwarded to the Swiss Embassy in my home country. As my documents were already submitted there, the passport with entry-visa stamped was received by me within a week.

So essentially, I am waiting for my wife's authorization number from Switzerland. This is the one which I am worried about. And I doubt if my home country embassy can help me in this regard (which anyways I tried but was unsuccessful to gather any info).

Hi Itzoe,
Thanks for the useful info. This atleast gives me some hope that my spouse's dependent visa application is probably not rejected.
But I have a colleague who went to Vaud region with his wife and child, a year back. His authorization number arrived only a week ahead of his wife, and their passports with the entry visa came together after another week. Consequently, they were able to fly to Switzerland together.
Another friend of mine who went to Basel, it took his dependents 6 weeks from the date of application to get the visa.
These 2 cases have kept me worried.

Anyways, I am just hoping for the best, though I am clueless as to whats going on
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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

heres hoping yours comes through nice and quick - it does happen, I know that the Lausanne office is notourious in being difficult.. (took me 14 months to get my sons visa)
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Thanks swissbob. Thanks Itzoe.

Hi swissbob,
For your answer to my Q-2, I would like to clarify what I meant.
Is it possible that the authorities have decided to reject the application and then they have forgotten or not bothered to inform us about this, when the decision is made.
For your answer to my Q-3, I would like to mention that my HR dept has provided me with a checklist and they don't accept the documents unless the checklist is received completely. So there is no issue from my HR dept.
The issue is could it be that the Visa granting authorities realize that they need additional documents from me. In such a case, will they ask for those additional documents before they decide to reject/accept or will they reject the application outright.
Regarding a point in your answer to my Q-4, I tried many times to call the Swiss Embassy in my home country but without any help.
The situation is that for processing, a set of documents (both mine & dependent's) were sent to Switzerland for the authorization number and another set of documents were sent to the home country Swiss Embassy along with passport.
In my case, I received a copy of the authorization number of my Work Permit from Switzerland, which was then forwarded to the Swiss Embassy in my home country. As my documents were already submitted there, the passport with entry-visa stamped was received by me within a week.

So essentially, I am waiting for my wife's authorization number from Switzerland. This is the one which I am worried about. And I doubt if my home country embassy can help me in this regard (which anyways I tried but was unsuccessful to gather any info).

Hi Itzoe,
Thanks for the useful info. This atleast gives me some hope that my spouse's dependent visa application is probably not rejected.
But I have a colleague who went to Vaud region with his wife and child, a year back. His authorization number arrived only a week ahead of his wife, and their passports with the entry visa came together after another week. Consequently, they were able to fly to Switzerland together.
Another friend of mine who went to Basel, it took his dependents 6 weeks from the date of application to get the visa.
These 2 cases have kept me worried.

Anyways, I am just hoping for the best, though I am clueless as to whats going on
Hi baps,

We have gone through the same process before. I tell you you will have to be patient. Also you being here always helps because when you are here and registered then you can do a personal followup going to to Migration office and if they need anything extra in terms of document or process they can sen you a letter.

In our process, my husband was here and he requested for a visitor visa for the time the permit was processed (written by HR to Embassy) and they accepted. In our case also the reason was same, wife was dependent and with a small child. So I was here for three months and when we got the approval we went with the approval to migrations office but they insisted that I and my daughter should go back to India and come back and re-enter as residents with the entry visa. After coming here and registering here at local community office (Germinde) we got our permits in 30 days.

You can try for the same, now the only difference is that we had B permit, so we were sure that we will get the permit and it is just the matter for time.

Hope it helps.

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Re: My wife's visa pending for 2 months

Hi Itzoe, thanks for your wishes.

Hi Timpy, thanks for the very useful info. Your case gives me a lot of hope. I didn't know that such a situation was possible, i.e. getting a visitor visa while dependent permit is being processed. By the way, is migration office the same as the one where one registers after arrival?

Hi all,
I am reaching Vevey (Vaud), Switzerland on 25th April and will be based there itself. I am expected to register within 8 days of arrival. So, do you think that the office where I register will be able to provide info on the status of my wife's dependent visa processing? Or is it that there is some other place where I should inquire. It will be very helpful if someone is able to give the exact address where I can inquire about this info.
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