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Old 03.09.2009, 23:17
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Have work authorizations and entry visa - Now What?

I have work authorization from Bern and from the local canton. I also have my "motif professionel" entry visa stuck to page 10 of my passport. I understand that upon arrival I am to register with the local canton immediately. Is this registration process how I obtain my residence permit? At what stage do I learn if the permit is an L or a B?

I'm not quite sure of the next step and how long it'll be before I can import my personal effects.
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Old 04.09.2009, 07:41
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Re: Have work authorizations and entry visa - Now What?

Are you EU or Non-EU ?

Your employer *might* be able to find out from the immigration authorities using their contact person, whether your permit is an L or B.

If you are Non-Eu be prepared that it might be an L permit for the first two years before you are issued a B permit, even if you have a 'permanent' position.

When you register at the Gemeinde, they might offer you a 'temporary' proof of registration - costing an extra 20-30chf - get it as it comes in handy for anywhere that you want to sign a contract, and as proof of address...

The actual permit might take 2-3 months to arrive in the mail after all the paperwork is done...your Gemeinde will be your best point of contact so be polite and friendly (we find our Gemeinde lady really nice and from her familiarity I'd say we are the only Australians with three children in her 'zone')...
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Old 04.09.2009, 23:39
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Re: Have work authorizations and entry visa - Now What?

Non-EU.

The visa is single-entry. If I need to travel outside of Switzerland whilst waiting for the residence permit, would I have a problem re-entering?

At what point were you eligible to use form 18.44 to import your personal effects?
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Re: Have work authorizations and entry visa - Now What?

That depends on your passport. A lot of non-Eu places you can move around Europe as a 'tourist' without needing a visa...

We brought our personal stuff in one week after we arrived. Our freight company handled the paperwork - they completely stuffed it up but our delivery still arrived - 6 months later there was still paperwork outstanding and it was not a problem.

Customs opened one box - I think they knew what they were looking for - alcohol and electricals...there wasn't anything 'valuable' much in our stuff, and nothing 'almost new' anyway...
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Re: Have work authorizations and entry visa - Now What?

I've arrived. They didn't stamp the visa! Should they have? Do I need to hunt someone down for an entry stamp?
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