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Can anyone recommend a really good (very experienced) English speaking immigration lawyer in Basel?
I approached a couple of lawyers that friends recommended, and the result was quite poor. Instead of really knowing the subject they had to go back and read the law. They read to me the "dry" law with no ability to think out of the box! I expect that an experienced lawyer in the area would know the law by heart and be able to discuss the issues when we meet and not after doing homework. Are my expectations too high?
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Hello
Can anyone recommend a really good (very experienced) English speaking immigration lawyer in Basel?
I approached a couple of lawyers that friends recommended, and the result was quite poor. Instead of really knowing the subject they had to go back and read the law. They read to me the "dry" law with no ability to think out of the box! I expect that an experienced lawyer in the area would know the law by heart and be able to discuss the issues when we meet and not after doing homework. Are my expectations too high?
Thanks
I think you might be expecting too much from your lawyers. My experience of lawyers (in my family) is that they don't know every law which has ever been passed off by heart but they are able to find the relevant sections and interpret them according to each client and their circumstances.

You also have to factor in that the law is constantly changing and being updated.

Lawyers are just skilled at interpreting and applying the law.
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Re: Immigration lawyer

It is true that there is a need to be up to date with the changing laws, bt it is also true that a good and experienced immigration lawyer would know how to handle things based on experience.
If any one knows, or can recommend a very good immigration lawyer in Basel, it will be highly appreciated.
Thanks a lot for your advise :-}
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Re: Immigration lawyer

If you are trying to use a lawyer to cirumvent the normal rules, it won't
work here in Switzerland. As you said, the people don't think out of
the box, and original thoughts are not welcome.
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Re: Immigration lawyer

Normally the 'Fat Fours' have some knowledgeable people in this field... I am not sure though if they would deal with private cases... but you could always try..... I found this for KPMG....

http://kpmg.ch/WhatWeDo/8602.htm

I am not sure about their hourly rate though...

Good luck...
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Normally the 'Fat Fours' have some knowledgeable people in this field... I am not sure though if they would deal with private cases... but you could always try..... I found this for KPMG....

http://kpmg.ch/WhatWeDo/8602.htm

I am not sure about their hourly rate though...

Good luck...

if he could afford there hourly rate then he wouldn't be having Immigration issues.
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I know a good one in New York
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As it would be inappropriate to recommend myself (*ahem*), check out this firm: www.langstrasse4.ch. Marc Spescha is one of the "brains" of Swiss immigration law.

And yes, I noticed that they are not in Basel, but in Zurich. However, as most of the relevant laws are on a federal level, you don't necessarily need someone from Basel.

If you absolutely need/want someone from Basel, they probably could point you in a good direction.

I hope this helps...
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Re: Immigration lawyer

Thanks a lot for all the answers.
I will try to get in touch with one of the recommended lawyers and I will keep you updated on the outcome :-}
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Re: Immigration lawyer

What exactly are you trying to get out of an immigration lawyer?

or is that too personal?
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Re: Immigration lawyer

What I am trying to achieve is a way to get permit C or citizenship. Currently I am living and working in Switzerland for 3 years (Permit B), and 20 years ago I was here for 3.5 years as a child (counted as 7 years, correct?).
I wonder if I could qualify for "Erleichterte Einbürgerung"
Can anyone advise me of the above?
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Re: Immigration lawyer

Citizenship you will not qualify for. Everywhere in Switzerland there is a rule that you have to be here for 12 years. The exception is if you are
married to a Swiss citizen. In this case, the route is a bit shorter.

With a C Permit, you will probably have more luck.
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Old 25.10.2010, 22:43
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Re: Immigration lawyer

As I understand it the "Erleichterte Einbürgerung" is only for Children born to a Swiss National and Spouses of Swiss Nationals... but then my knowledge there is limited...

Further I do believe that the time spent in CH needs to be continuous. and so the time spent here as a child and the time now aren't added together... But I could be wrong
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Citizenship you will not qualify for. Everywhere in Switzerland there is a rule that you have to be here for 12 years. The exception is if you are
married to a Swiss citizen. In this case, the route is a bit shorter.

With a C Permit, you will probably have more luck.
I think it has to be 12 continuous years, too, i.e. you can't come for a few years then bugger off for another few then come back to make up the difference.
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Old 25.10.2010, 23:34
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.... and 20 years ago I was here for 3.5 years as a child (counted as 7 years, correct?).
No, incorrect. As you have had a gap of 17 years the years as a child cannot be counted.
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Re: Immigration lawyer

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I think it has to be 12 continuous years, too, i.e. you can't come for a few years then bugger off for another few then come back to make up the difference.
I meant it as 12 continuous years although I didn't explicitly say
so. There are also cantonal rules. In Zug, for example, you have
to live there 10 of the last 12 years to obtain Swiss citizenship.
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Re: Immigration lawyer

This Swiss Site gives quite a few of the official bits including links to the Cantons to say what length of residence they demand.
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Hi All,

Do you know any immigration lawyer in Zurich who can answer queries on NON EU work permits especially from Asia.
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Hello! Can anyone recommend a good immigration lawyer in Lausanne?
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