AGM and Spring Luncheon, Le Warwick Geneva, 13 May 2017

Our speaker will be Mr Edward Girardet, a Geneva-based journalist, Executive-in-Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Editor of Le News, and an expert on Afghanistan.  He will draw on his active worldwide experience over many years of covering humanitarian and conflict issues to give us his world view from Geneva. For full details on this event and to register, please continue
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BREXIT UPDATE

Below is a summary of recent BREXIT-related actions and events of interest to BRA members. The BRA is not a campaigning organisation but we will continue to keep our members informed of relevant actions and events as they arise. We are fortunate in having an Ambassador whose Embassy in Bern takes an interest in supporting UK citizens living in Switzerland. Through our close relations with the Embassy, the BRA will continue to make known the concerns and views of its members to the UK authorities.
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RE – English Speaking Book Club

The Chairman of the Romandie East Region is considering setting up an English Speaking Book Club co jointly with the English Library in Vevey. This library, celebrating its 146th anniversary, has well stocked bookshelves and spends thousands of CHFs annually purchasing the latest biography, best selling novels, and general non fiction. Did you know that in the centre of Vevey there  is a wonderful source of knowledge, information and intellectual exchange ?  Men and women only learn in two ways; one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people( Will Rogers). The Chairman of BRA Romandie East would like to meet up with some smart people. For more information, contact www.andrewkonecki3@gmail.com.
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

2016 marks the RPO’s 70th Anniversary and to coincide with this important milestone they are launching the Swiss Friends of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a registered UK Charity devoted to raising awareness of the RPO and, of course, raising money to support their ventures.

The RPO are regular visitors to the country and play in Montreux, Rosey and Geneva and they will be informing the BRA of upcoming concerts in Switzerland, so watch this space!

Their flyer contains more information about the Swiss Friends of the RPO.

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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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