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Dependent Visa for my Father

I am going to Switzerland on a work permit but I have an obligation to take my father wherever I go as he is totally dependent on me and he cannot take care of himself. He is partially bind to be more specific. Is there any possibility or a clause where I can claim my father as dependent along with my wife and lkids?

Any help or suggestions are highly appreaciated. I have to make a decision to pursue this opportunity based upon this.

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Old 28.09.2008, 12:07
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Re: Dependent Visa for my Father

As no one else has replied, I'll take a stab at it. I'm certainly no expert in permit matters, so please take what I post with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, here is my experience with trying to bring elderly parents over here.

Our situation was somewhat different, as we were already here on C permits when we looked into this. We are non-EU, as are my husband's parents.

(If your father is EU, I believe bringing him with you would be easy.)

In SZ (and maybe elsewhere - I'm not sure if this is a cantonal regulation, or federal) there is a category called Familienzusammenführung, which in some cases allows a parent living alone, over 50 years old, whose near relatives all live in Switzerland, to immigrate with the permit applicant.


Our preliminary inquiries left us to understand that our application would fail, as both parents are still living. Even though they have no family other than my husband, that they live together it is assumed that they can care for one another. Should one die, we might be able to bring the survivor over.

Now - we were also led to believe that there might be some grey area here. If both parents become so incapacitated as to be unable to care for one another, there might be a case. However, this was simply a discussion with a sympathetic lady at Einwohnerkontrolle - I could not find any official documents referencing this.

In any case, it would have been necessary to prove that the parents could support themselves financially, or that we had sufficient financial resources to provide for their care, and that we could provide appropriate living quarters for them.

Please note the conditional tense - it was stressed to us that permission to bring a dependent parent over is not automatic, that there would be hurdles to jump over (proving dependency, proving sufficient financial means so the parent would not need social help, etc.).

If you are coming over here on an employer sponsored work permit, I'd suggest getting your HR folks involved - they may have more leverage to help on this.

You can start gathering information, however, by contacting the migration office of the canton to which you are applying.


We decided not to pursue this further for the time being, largely because of concerns we had over health insurance. The in-laws are in their 80s and in poor health - according to the insurers we contacted, they would only be able to get the basic obligatory coverage. The in-laws felt their health needs would be better provided for in their current situation in the US, so they chose to stay. Obviously YMMV.

But again, I'm no expert, and can only offer limited information based on my one experience. Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will come along with additional/better information.

Hope it works out for you and your family.

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Re: Dependent Visa for my Father

Vasu, you need to take the whole package into account.

As always with these things there is generally discretion. So if you meet the criteria as detailed by Meloncollie and can support with documentation it may work out.

However the realities from a Swiss perspective will include (but not me limited to) you having the resources to pay for health insurance, care at home, a larger dwelling (not easy here..or two separate ones) etc.

Does the opportunity pay enough for this at Swiss prices?

I have a colleague with 6 yr old twins. He effectively works just to pay for their daytime care. His wife is therefore the principal breadwinner.
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Old 28.09.2008, 15:18
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Re: Dependent Visa for my Father

The only guarantee here is that there will be a long bearuacratic process involved.
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