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Switching from Tourist visa or regroupement familial to Student Visa

Hello all,


 


My question: has anyone successfully applied for a Student Visa (Visa D), inside Geneva, from a tourist visa or regroupement familial?


 


To explain my case:


I am a non-EU married to a non-EU. 


Long story short, I came to Switzerland (where I lived before), on a tourist visa. My wife has a B permit pour formation.


Shortly before my tourist visa expired, I applied for a regroupement familial, early June. The authorities said it can take 4 to 6 months, because I applied directly from Geneva, so for them, it is not a priority.


So right now, my permit is only the attestation that I have applied for the RF


Meanwhile, I have been accepted in a PhD, and I could work in Geneva or in the another canton. However, this other canton has said that, because I still don't have a permit, only an attestation, they will deny my permis de sejour request. I would need to go back to my country to ask for a Visa D.


I am thinking on asking Geneva if I can apply from inside. However, I am afraid they might say no or it might take a while and I could lose the Phd. 


This is why I am interesting in learning if someone has been in a similar situation

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Hello all,


 


My question: has anyone successfully applied for a Student Visa (Visa D), inside Geneva, from a tourist visa or regroupement familial?


 


To explain my case:


I am a non-EU married to a non-EU. 


Long story short, I came to Switzerland (where I lived before), on a tourist visa. My wife has a B permit pour formation.


Shortly before my tourist visa expired, I applied for a regroupement familial, early June. The authorities said it can take 4 to 6 months, because I applied directly from Geneva, so for them, it is not a priority.


So right now, my permit is only the attestation that I have applied for the RF


Meanwhile, I have been accepted in a PhD, and I could work in Geneva or in the another canton. However, this other canton has said that, because I still don't have a permit, only an attestation, they will deny my permis de sejour request. I would need to go back to my country to ask for a Visa D.


I am thinking on asking Geneva if I can apply from inside. However, I am afraid they might say no or it might take a while and I could lose the Phd. 


This is why I am interesting in learning if someone has been in a similar situation


André SAug 9, 2018 @ 22:08
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