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Old 15.06.2010, 11:06
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Work to Studies : Change in permit

I am a non EU national working in Zurich. I hold L permit which will expire in Sept 2010. My employer is ready to prolong my permit since I am in a permanent job contract, however I decided to quit my job and go back to study again. I got an admission in a Swiss University for a Masters program and my course will start in Sept 2010.
To understand the process, I had a call with Migrationsamt official and she told me :
I cannot convert my L permit to students permit. I will need to leave Switzerland and apply for a new entrée visa and student permit. It’s not very clear whether I need to apply for the new visa in my home country or any other country. She asked me to call the embassy where you want to apply and ask them. Even its not clear whether I can apply for new visa now or only once my current permit expires or I de-register and leave Switzerland.

Anybody has been in the same situation in past? I would be very keen to learn from your experience. Or if somebody has any information on this matter, please advise.
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Old 15.06.2010, 14:41
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Re: Work to Studies : Change in permit ( Request to Shorrick Mk2)

A special request to Shorrick Mk2

You are the most knowledgeable fellow about visa-permits on this forum. I would request you to advise me, if you can.
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Re: Work to Studies : Change in permit ( Request to Shorrick Mk2)

A friend of mine was in similar situation, he had to deregister and go back to his home country and then apply for visa as student and then enter switzerland again.

He wanted to go back home for couple of weeks before starting his studies anyways so he didnt really try to figure out other ways.

Hopefully EF experts can propose easier way around this
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Re: Work to Studies : Change in permit ( Request to Shorrick Mk2)

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Don't think so.
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Old 16.06.2010, 17:22
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Re: Work to Studies : Change in permit

Another thing to consider, although it is more bad news, a friend of mine was in a similar situation but had to leave for 3 months. She also needs to have 20,000CHF in a Swiss bank account to show that she can support herself when she comes back. She was also told that she can't apply to work until she has been studying for 6 months then she can work 15 hours a week.

She is non-EU though so the rules are very strict.
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