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Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

My wife and I just had our first child this past Valentines Day…J.
She has been living here (Switzerland) for about 10 years on a C permit. She is originally from the Dominican Republic. I’ve been here for a little less than a year now, have a US passport and hold a B permit.
My question is: Is our son in any way eligible to get the Swiss passport? Or will he be granted a C permit (from the mother), or a B permit (from me).

I would appreciate any guidance on this matter. Thanks in advance…
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Old 04.03.2010, 12:00
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

I'm guessing the same as your wife.

You, or rather your child is not automatically entitled to CH citizenship.

As an asside, if you stay here and your child is brought up through the Swiss system, they should have a fast track application to CH citizenship, around age of majority, if that is what your son wants.

Congrats by the way.

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Old 04.03.2010, 12:06
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

being in a similar position, the answer to your question is "No"

(don't forget to apply for a US or Dom Rep. passport for your child so that you can travel with them if needs be)

enjoy the first few months, they are really special :-)
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Old 04.03.2010, 12:11
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

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My wife and I just had our first child this past Valentines Day…J.
She has been living here (Switzerland) for about 10 years on a C permit. She is originally from the Dominican Republic. I’ve been here for a little less than a year now, have a US passport and hold a B permit.
My question is: Is our son in any way eligible to get the Swiss passport? Or will he be granted a C permit (from the mother), or a B permit (from me).

I would appreciate any guidance on this matter. Thanks in advance…

short answer: definitely no citizenship, likely no C permit. From what I know (but this might have changed in the meantime) your son is not even guaranteed any kind of work permit once he has finished education in Switzerland. But that's something you'll only need to worry about 20 years from now..... until then he's allowed to stay.
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Old 04.03.2010, 12:25
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

re: likely permit.

my son got a C-permit based on his mums' C-permit. (his mum is EU, don't know whether that makes a difference)

anyway, it doesn't really matter what he gets. From what i have heard, Swiss admin will always favour that mother and child stay together - so as long as you partner holds her C-permit, he should be fine. And after a few years living here, he would be eligible anyway.

of course no special treatment is given to the Dad's (we still get to keep our B-permits)

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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

I have a C permit and all three of my kids (born here) have C permits.

Their Father had a B permit at the time of their births.
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

To concur with the above posters, definitely no Swiss pass for your son, but will probably be isssued a C-permit.
Once your wife fulfills the necessary residence criteria (12 years), she can apply for Swiss citizenship herself (and possibly for your son too). You, however, may have to wait a little longer and then apply for facilitated naturalisation (search for various posts about this).
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Re: Swiss Passport For Baby While Mom Has C Permit and Dad B Permit???

Thanks for the timely and informative replies to all.
NicM, thanks for the advice. I already started the process for the US and Dom Rep passports.
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