Winter Lunch 2016 in Berne 23.01.2016

Details and registration form for this event are now on-line. Click here to see them!

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Web Sponsors

Our web-sponsoring programme is beginning to take off. We now have Pathé Cinemas and The McKay interviews. Please go to the web sponsors page or directly to one of their sites from the drop-down menu. Every time you visit their site you are rewarding them for their investment in the BRA. The same is also true of our main sponsor at the bottom of each page!

If you know any small, or even not-so-small, companies that are interested in selling to expats try to get them interested. If they become sponsors you will get a year’s free membership.

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Her Majesty the Queen surpasses Queen Victoria’s record

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Your Council sent this letter to the Queen on Monday on your behalf congratulating her on becoming the longest-serving monarch in British history on this day, September 9, 2015. We are honoured to have received this reply from Her Majesty dated September 30, 2015. Continue reading
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British Citizenship for children born in Switzerland

The page relating to this in our Information Portal has just been updated to provide a direct link to the legislation. A new version of this legislation is in the pipeline which will permit application for British citizenship for children born here of British parents also born here. The requirement for the parent to have spent 3 years in the UK before the child was born remains but the application will be able to be made as long as the child is a minor, rather than before the child’s first birthday as is the case at present.

Caveat: This statement has not been verified by the Embassy

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Are you registered with a UK constituency? EU referendum

We have recently been advised by the Embassy that the procedure for British Residents overseas to vote in General Elections has been modified.
According to the latest information these rules will be applied for the referendum on U.K. membership of the EU.
Register now (if you qualify!) to ensure that you can vote then!! Continue reading
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New Rules on UK Residence and how they might apply to you!

A new set of rules defining residence in the United Kingdom have been introduced with the 2013 Finance Act, to worry, intrigue, and mystify us. These rules provide a legal definition of residence called the Statutory Residence Test.

Read more about it here.

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Passport Services centralized in Durham

United Kingdom citizens needing a passport renewal or anyone asking for a new passport should be aware that the system changed on 3 June and their requests must now be sent to Durham in the UK. In recent years, passport matters for British residents in Switzerland have been handled by an office in Paris.
More details can be found in the British Embassy section.
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Charity Funds for British Subjects in Switzerland

Introduction

One of the major objectives of the BRA is to assist British subjects in Switzerland.
The Swiss authorities now offer much more in the way of care and support for the needy than when most of these Funds were set up, but the latter still have resources which can be used to achieve an acceptable standard of living. Read the full article

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British Citizenship for your children/grandchildren/spouse

The British Embassy in Berne has provided the following definition:

Children

1. A child, born in Switzerland or elsewhere abroad after 1 January 1983, of a parent who is a British Citizen by descent (who had a father or mother born in the United Kingdom) has an entitlement to be registered as a British Citizen (by descent) if the parent in question has at any time before the child’s birth lived in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 3 years, and the application for registration is made within one year of the child’s birth. If the parent who is a British Citizen by descent has not lived in the United Kingdom for a period of three years prior to his/her child’s birth, then the child has no claim to British Citizenship. Continue reading

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Know anyone in difficulties?

If anyone you know of, or even you yourself are in difficulties of any sort, please do not hesitate to let us know. We have direct contact to a number of charitable trusts which could help with financial problems and we hope to set up visiting services and possibly even legal assistance at favourable rates for members experiencing problems such as divorce or estates.
These services are available to British Nationals permanently resident in Switzerland but some may be restricted to BRA members.
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