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Visa/Permit for non-eu Dependent

Hi there,

I am a non-eu PhD student in Lugano/Ticino. I want to bring my wife here to stay with me during the PhD. I just want to be sure; please let me know if the following documents are enough:

-- Marriage Certificate
-- Birth Certificate
-- My Swiss bank statement (my salary is about 38000 per year, how much do you advise for the bank statement??)
-- My wife's bank statement in our home country
-- Apartment contract (I have rented a 2.5 room apartment)

1. What else do we need?
2. Should I take these to the immigration office in Ticino or my wife should take them to the Swiss embassy in our country?
3. Should I ask the university to send these documents on my behalf?
4. Is it a risky process? I want to be as cautious as possible.
5. I would appreciate any advice

Thank you in advance

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Re: Visa/Permit for non-eu Dependent

I think searching for dependent visa (or permit), spousal visa (or permit) and phd will give some hits - also this thread (Non-EU Permits - a few bullet points.) seems to be a good spot to start - have you seen that one? It turned up when I searched for phd and permit.

Otherwise do bump this thread during working hours tomorrow as you should get some good input.
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Re: Visa/Permit for non-eu Dependent

Lob,
Thank you

I guess I have read the relevant threads. But still need some more clarity!

If she can not get the visa we will be in a lot of troubles! So I prefer to do it safe!

Thank you again
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Re: Visa/Permit for non-eu Dependent

Hey kamyar,

There are already a few threads on here from people who've had this same question. The two most useful ones I found are these:

Working permit for a wife of an international student
a phd student in zurich bring spouse

It looks like she is not guaranteed a permit, but should be able to secure a non-working spousal accompaniment permit so long as you can provide proof of sufficient financial means. To be honest, I can't imagine 38'000.- CHF a year would be considered an adequate salary for two people to live off of, so getting a permit for her might be tough.

Also, regarding the documentation that you listed for her permit application, you don't mention a study permit. Has this been issued to you yet? And out of curiosity, what passports do you both have?

Heather

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Re: Visa/Permit for non-eu Dependent

Heather,
Thank you!

1. I am sure that 38'000 is not enough to get visa. But the question is how much more is adequate? 10.000? , 20.000? , 25.000? , 30.000?

2. I applied for the permit, waiting to be issued.

3. I am new to this forum, and I have an stupid question! How can I thank people for their responses?

Cheers!
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