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How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

Hi, all,

I tried but didn't find similar threads thus post and need your advice.

I am a non-EU citizen, got an offer from Zug and signed the contract, now waiting for my work permit. However it has been 6 weeks. I talked to the HR and was told that the work permit went through the Zug authority and is in Federal level now. But it was 3 weeks ago.

I wonder whether the federal government can deny the work permit even the Zug office gave a go? Hong long normaly will it take for Federal government to proceed it?

With being idle for a long while, I started to get itchy about this permit thing and hope some one can clarify for me.

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Old 25.04.2007, 02:47
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Re: Hong long do I still need to wait?

With the Swiss process, if they tell you it will be a certain length of time, you can be pretty sure it will be close to that length of time. They are efficient.

So hang in there you will probably hear very soon.
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Re: Hong long do I still need to wait?

just for the safety check: Given my work permit passed Zug, is there any possibility my case will be denied?

Is any place I can check the process?

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Re: Hong long do I still need to wait?

stoplight, if you have been offered a job by a company they are responsible for processing your permit. If it is a large company generally the process is pretty standard and a formality.

Certainly there are not guarantees but considering your company is the one organising your permit for you, then they should be the ones to check the process for you. I know you have already stated they havegiven you limited information however I doubt there would be other avenues for you to check considering it is being processed via a company.

I have not been through the process via a company myself so perhaps an answer fom soemone else on this forum might be more accurate. I can only comment on my experiences with the Swiss process.
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Re: Hong long do I still need to wait?

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I am a non-EU citizen, got an offer from Zug and signed the contract, now waiting for my work permit. However it has been 6 weeks. I talked to the HR and was told that the work permit went through the Zug authority and is in Federal level now. But it was 3 weeks ago.

I wonder whether the federal government can deny the work permit even the Zug office gave a go? Hong long normaly will it take for Federal government to proceed it?
Trying to bump this post to see if anyone can answer any more specifically. We are in an almost identical position, with the only difference being that it is an internal transfer within the company, from the U.S. to the Zug office. Zug authorities have approved application, which is now sitting with Bern with the same assurances that it would take 2-3 weeks to approve. Any sense of how accurate that timing is, and whether anyone has heard of Bern denying a permit that a canton previously approved?
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Re: Hong long do I still need to wait?

Going back 8 yrs now mine took two months.
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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

Hi All,
Just thought I'd offer a word of encouragment, as I have just recently got my work permit back after two months. I am also non-EU. I was told 3 weeks, and my company sent off all the paperwork etc. After 4 weeks, I was a bit worried, so went and had a chat with HR, and they called after it and found out that the process had changed a bit and they were missing one item from the application, so they sent that off, and it came back three days later!

It's worth having a chat to your HR, nothing confrontational, just mention you are worried about it if it has been past the time you were told it usually takes. It only takes a phone call to chase it up, so hopefully they'll be happy to put your mind at rest.

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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

Hi, All,

One thing you can try is to call the Swiss Embassy in your country to check the result. Normally they can check through their intranet, which is faster than the notice you get from HR. As I did, I only submited my name and birth of date and got the result. Unfortunately you can not check the process.

From the day my documents received to the date of results out, it was 30 days exactly.

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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

Good news on our front. Received word today that the federal authorities have approved the work permit, within the three-week time frame that we were promised, and for a non-EU citizen.

Now we just have to wait for the Fremdenpolizei to give final approval. Good luck to the rest of you!
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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

At the end of 3 weeks, I got authorised from canton, now also from Bern after another week. Now waiting my company receive the files and then they will send them to the embassy.
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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

as my understanding it is the FOM sends the notice to the Embassy. Therefore you can apply your visa as soon as you know it passes the Bern.
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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

Mine took about 2 months from when I registered (but I'm from the EU)
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Re: How long do I still need to wait? [visa processing non eu]

These things tend to vary, apparently due to the country of origin (non EU). I have colleague (Bulgarian national) who is a research scientist. The short of it is that she was subletting for a defined period of time from Jan to Mar. The kreisburo knew this and delyed the permit for 4 months waiting to see what happened post March. Catch 22 - no permit no rental contract for a flat and no address. It took the Univerisity one phone call and the permit arrived 72h later.

My own experience (South African National) was that my first trip here in 2003 as a visiting research scientist saw my b permit take 5.5 months and i got it 3 weeks before i left. Since then, no hassles though.

Suggest you request your new employer to make the calls to the immigration office for you, this seems to be the best way to expedite the process.
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