STUDENT PERMIT APPLICATIONS

 

 

APPLYING FOR A STUDENT PERMIT

The system is mostly designed for international schools and universities – for the purposes of this think of us as the school you and you as the student.

However you can definitely get things started start by completing all the forms.

As we currently understand it you can only apply for a student permit if you are booked on an extended package. If you are on a course lasting under 90 days you cannot be issued with a Student Permit.

We ask you to supply all the paperwork to us via email one month before your course starts (with everything together to keep things streamlined).

That way we can submit everything to the authorities and spot any problems before they become an issue and become a problem for your course.

Once you arrive you will need to go to the permit office in Verbier within 14 days of arrival – we will arrange this with you.

Remember these are official government documents so please make sure they are correctly and clearly filled in. Also don’t be surprised if you need to submit the same information on different forms…

 


 

THE CHECKLIST:

Here are details of what you need to send and do. See the sections below for full explanations of each one.

Just click the blue arrows () to open the linked file in another window.

 

  1. Proof of Health Insurance
    (see below)
  2. Complete and sign a Permit Application form
    (Verbier )
    (Saas Fee )
  3. Complete and sign an Arrival Questionnaire
    (Verbier )
    (Saas Fee – not required)
  4. Provide proof you have adequate funds
    (eg. a bank statement showing savings over 2’400 chf per month)
  5. Complete the proof of funds form
    (Verbier )
    (Saas Fee )
  6. Copy of your passport
    (valid for more than 3 months after the intended end of your stay)
  7. NEW: Letter of motivation
    (This is a new requirement – see below)
  8. NEW: CV
    (This is a new requirement – see below)
  9. NEW: Letter agreeing to leave Switzerland after the course
    (This is a new requirement – see below)

 

After that you will help you arrange the following when you arrive:

 

  1. We provide proof you are enrolled on the course and have paid in full
  2. You must go to the local Commune and pay 147 CHF within 14 days of arrival
  3. You must go to the Canton office in Sion to get ‘biometric data’ and pay around 20 CHF

 


 

ADDRESSES IN SWITZERLAND

The forms ask for a Swiss address and a correspondance address.

 


 

1 YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE

This is the biggest factor. So it should be the first one to get sorted.

You either need:

  • A Swiss Health Insurance Policy
  • A GHIC (or an EHIC that is still valid)
  • An equivalence form signed by your UK health insurer

The GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card) is the best route. You can use an EHIC (European Health Insurance card) if it is still valid.

We have been told by the Federal government office for public heath that:

The new agreement between UK and Switzerland, which entered into force on the 1.11.2021, has the following consequence: Students from UK who are insured by the National Health Service in UK (NHS), who have the UK, the EU or the Swiss nationality and who come for a few months for studies in Switzerland can use their GHIC from UK for medical treatments in Switzerland. Also EHIC from UK can be used, when they are still valid. NHS will take the costs via “die internationale Leistungsaushife”.

The commune is accepting the cards, however the Canton has not confirmed it – but it would be a big surprise for them to contradict the Federal government. We’re not even sure they can, legally speaking.

If you choose the ‘equivalence’ file in the link below, it’s been proving very hard to get a UK insurer to sign off on the requirements.

If you can then you will not need any extra insurance.

But if you can’t get this form signed or get a GHIC/EHIC, then you will need to get a Swiss policy for the duration of your course. Which just requires some forward planning.

We can help you find one, but expect to pay around 200 chf to 250 chf per month for the duration of your course.

PS If you fill the “equivalence” form in tick the box that says “student”.

Please note you will still need personal liability and travel insurance even if you have either Swiss health insurance or an EHIC/GHIC.

OPEN THE DOCUMENT ➚

 


 

2 THE PERMIT APPLICATION DOCUMENT

This is dead simple – but in French or German.

You should already know all the information so see the explanation in the forms below and click the link to fill in your own form.

Our explanation is done on the French version of the form, but the layout is the same for both the German (Saas Fee) and French (Verbier) versions.

 

EXPLANATION OF REQUIRED INFORMATION:

 

THE DOCUMENTS:

OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT ➚

OPEN THE SAAS FEE DOCUMENT ➚

 


 

3 THE ARRIVAL QUESTIONNAIRE

This one is in English and you can complete it digitally (as long as you can sign documents on your computer – if not you will need to print ans scan).

This is basic information plus a load of stuff for the Swiss national office of statistics.

OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT➚
(NOT REQUIRED FOR SAAS FEE)

 


 

4&5 PROOF OF FUNDS

This is simply to prove you can support yourself financially. You will need a bank statement in your name that shows you have enough savings for the course.

A PDF of a statement or something formal is best – a screen grab (especially from a phone) might get rejected.

The bank document must include the name, amount and date clearly.

We have been told to allow 2’400 chf per month (about £1,900).

So for a 10 week course you should show around £4,500 – £4,800.

PS the Verbier form says “Work Permit” but they use it for the Student Permit applications as well.

 

EXPLANATION OF REQUIRED INFORMATION:

 

VERBIER

SAAS FEE

 

THE DOCUMENTS:

OPEN THE VERBIER DOCUMENT➚
OPEN THE SAAS FEE DOCUMENT➚

 


 

6 COPY OF YOUR PASSPORT

This is the last bit – please make sure your passport is valid 3 months after your anticipated departure date. We expect this to be checked more and more at the border but it is also a requirement for a Student Permit – a permit won’t be issued if you don’t have enough time remaining on your passport.

 


 

7 LETTER OF MOTIVATION

This is a new requirement we have been informed of.

It is simply a brief letter that outlines why you want to come to Switzerland to study. It can also be in English but we recommend supplying an English version and a translation into French if you can (try the deepl.com website).

The letter needs to persuade someone you have chosen Switzerland (and Verbier) for a reason – not just on a whim.

You also must explain why you are taking these exams. Usually trainees want to teach straight away, but maybe you want to teach in the future?

After all, even at University many trainees come back to teach in Switzerland during the high season when you have holidays (and when permits are available again).

So persuade them you will use this qualification.

You definitely should include the following in your own words:

 

  • That this is part of an educational pathway – leading to a career in snow sports (either in or out of Switzerland)
  • That you have booked with a Swiss company
  • That your BASI exams are scheduled to run in Verbier
  • That you want to train on the same slopes as your exam terrain
  • That your qualifications are recognised in Switzerland
    (even though you cannot currently work here)
  • That you want to train with coaches qualified in the Swiss and British systems

 

We suggest it should also include some or all of the following information (but generally speaking the more reasons the better):

 

  • If you have skied in Verbier before
  • If you have skied with any Peak Leaders coaches before
  • If you want to learn French
  • If you want to learn about Switzerland and the Valais area
  • Switzerland and Verbier are a major centre for BASI exams
  • If you have a property in Verbier or Switzerland
  • If you have any family connections in Verbier

 

And please remember to sign it…

 


 

8 CV

This is another new requirement…

But you simply need to supply a simple CV that covers your education, your employment but crucially any skiing related history.

However make sure any sporting history and ski qualifications and ski racing history are very clear.

So make sure you but previous BASI qualifications up with your GCSEs…. And if you have a Bec in sports or other coaching badges add these to your qualifications. And make sure they do not get lost in a jumble of other qualifications.

 


 

9 Letter agreeing to Leave Switzerland

The latest addition, this seems to be required to prove you will not over-stay in Switzerland or try to work illegally here.

We are getting the information slowly from the authorities but don’t panic. This doesn’t mean your Schengen rights have evaporated…

We suggest you paraphrase this (and also please make sure you sign the letter):

(DATE)

To whom it may concern,

I confirm I will leave Switzerland after my course during the 2021 – 2022 season is completed and will not over-stay.

I am aware I am not legally entitled to work in Switzerland and my Student Permit does not afford me any working rights.

Naturally I will use my 90 day allowance for time in the Schengen area if this is applicable.

Best regards,

 

A qui de droit,

Je confirme que je quitterai la Suisse à la fin de mon cours pendant la saison 2021 – 2022 et que je ne dépasserai pas la durée de mon séjour.

Je suis conscient(e) que je ne suis pas légalement autorisé(e) à travailler en Suisse et que mon permis d’étudiant ne me donne aucun droit de travail.

Naturellement, j’utiliserai mon allocation de 90 jours pour le temps passé dans l’espace Schengen si cela est applicable.

Cordialement,

 


 

PROOF OF ENROLMENT, PAYMENT, ETC

This is a letter we supply. So don’t worry about this and we will give you a paper copy when you get here.

 


 

ALL DONE?

If you have all nine documents (eight for Saas Fee) on the list above ready, please just send it all to us at enquiries@peakleaders.com and in the subject write “Student Permit” then your course location and then your name.

Eg: “Student permit – Saas Fee – John Jones”.

If you have everything except the Health Insurance document send the other eight documents (seven for Saas Fee) and add “LAMAL Required” to the subject.

Eg: “Student permit – Saas Fee – John Jones – LAMAL required”.

We can then get the application ready and if you need Swiss health insurance we can put you in touch with a few providers.

 


 

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