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Too generic or too stupid [trying to obtain visa for Indian citizen]

Hello,

I apologize if the question is too basic or rather too stupid, but I'm fed up with all the research I did on this and the Forum is my holy grail. I live in the UK (non-EU passport holder) but work for an American IT company remotely. The company is in fact a small establishment and the folks from the travel department have little to no knowledge on immigration and visa processing. They have a client in Basel and I'm supposed to be working for this oppurtunity from Basel. The trouble is Visa processing, they have no clue where to start.

I did some research on their behalf and managed to get some answers from the Swiss embassy in London. They came back with two options - 1)either the employer should apply for an authorization from Federal Office Of Migration (FOM) located in Basel or 2) I can furnish the documents directly to the Swiss embassy and go from there.

I tried contacting FOM office several times before, but either my call is forwarded here and there and no one answers or I get mixed responses. So I went with option 2 and was provided the attached PDF. But I'm kinda getting sceptical about this whole process. Can anybody please confirm whether I'm going in the correct path?

Also Is there any website where I can get the complete information documented? I mean literally every detail documented starting from Ground Zero.
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Re: Too generic or too stupid

Welcome to the forum! Non-EU can mean USA, Australia, Sri Lanka etc. and among non-EU, the BfM ( Federal office of Migration ) looks at it differently.

You might want to add your nationality / passport to your post in order for someone more competent to assist you.
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Re: Too generic or too stupid

I'm an Indian passport holder.....
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Re: Too generic or too stupid

You know about the quota system they've just introduced, right? You might find it a bit difficult, at least that's what I understand
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Is this a short term assignment ( less than 90 days ) or long term in Basel ??
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This is a long term as am expecting at least 6 months of stay and may be even longer.
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You know about the quota system they've just introduced, right? You might find it a bit difficult, at least that's what I understand
If I furnish all the required documents, why should I find it difficult to get the Visa?
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If I furnish all the required documents, why should I find it difficult to get the Visa?
There is a quota system. Once the quota has been used up, and as far as I know it has for this year, you can't get one. Pretty simple. At least, that's how I understand how it works.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but hey, I might be wrong. I play cricket with bunch of Indians, and this what they tell me...
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You know about the quota system they've just introduced, right? You might find it a bit difficult, at least that's what I understand
There has always beena quota system.
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If I furnish all the required documents, why should I find it difficult to get the Visa?
Does the employer have a presence in Switzerland? If not then you will need sponsorship from the client so maybe their HR department could help. Even so, if the employer has no Swiss presence then the chance of success is diminished somewhat.

6 months is not considered long term and falls into the L permit category. As mentioned below, the quota for these permits is rigid and for 2010 pretty much used up - the additional quota being released in June 2010 already has more applicants in the queue than there is quota (at least in ZH). That doesn't mean the application isn't worth it though, as you might get lucky.
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Re: Too generic or too stupid [trying to obtain visa for Indian citizen]

There are other non-visa related issues to consider such as lodging ( most landlords won't consider short term leases - hotel or furnished apartments might be an expensive alternative, so be prepared to factor these in ) and mandatory health insurance monthly premiums.
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There has always beena quota system.
I understood that the quota system has been changed recently with regards to non-eu nationals. At least that's what the indians I know have told me, they've been here for 12 months or more?
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Old 27.05.2010, 22:02
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I understood that the quota system has been changed recently with regards to non-eu nationals. At least that's what the indians I know have told me, they've been here for 12 months or more?
The only changes are in the number allocated each year.
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Re: Too generic or too stupid [trying to obtain visa for Indian citizen]

Hello there,

You need to have your Company or Client apply for an Permit L for you.
You cannot do the processing by yourself. It has to be the company that will sponsor you who will go to the Gemeinde or Local Immigration Office. Once applied, normally, it take two weeks to process. The Local Immigration Office will send a letter to your company which you will be using for your application in the Swiss Consulate where you are residing.

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Old 27.05.2010, 22:21
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..... Once applied, normally, it take two weeks to process.....

Are you quite sure you are referring to Switzerland?

Average for L permits is currently 2 to 3 months .
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The only changes are in the number allocated each year.
Which has gone down?

I don't think I ever said that there wasn't a quota system before.

Is this a Swissism, attempting to be right on a point that wasn't even being argued? I see a similarity to Woli here, I'd always assumed that the Woli had just missed the point a little. He always seemed so benign...
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Which has gone down?

I don't think I ever said that there wasn't a quota system before.

Is this a Swissism, attempting to be right on a point that wasn't even being argued? I see a similarity to Woli here, I'd always assumed that the Woli had just missed the point a little. He always seemed so benign...
Sorry, must be my mistake, I thought you asked a question.


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I understood that the quota system has been changed recently with regards to non-eu nationals. At least that's what the indians I know have told me, they've been here for 12 months or more?

No, wait, you did .
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