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Hi all,

I am a bit confused on what laws apply to me and hope you'll be able to help.
I live in Belgium and my employer in Belgium has a fixed fee contract to provide a service (me) to a Swiss company, full time for a year. I am between 90 and 120 working days in CH (to meet colleagues, attend meetings and so on, it's the European headquarter) so I applied for a visa. No problem, however, my salary (paid by my Belgian employer) is too low. In order to get the visa it has to be adjusted. According to the Swiss company, Swiss wages only apply for those days actually spent in CH, so they do not want to change the fixed fee. If I travel for them to Poland, Italy or other countries, which happens a lot, they claim Swiss salaries do not apply. I think I provide a service to a Swiss company, where ever I am. I am working on one assignment and that is the one for the Swiss company, whether I am at home or in CH or in Poland. Anyone who can clarify for me here?
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Old 30.09.2015, 17:09
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Hi all,

I am a bit confused on what laws apply to me and hope you'll be able to help.
I live in Belgium and my employer in Belgium has a fixed fee contract to provide a service (me) to a Swiss company, full time for a year. I am between 90 and 120 working days in CH (to meet colleagues, attend meetings and so on, it's the European headquarter) so I applied for a visa. No problem, however, my salary (paid by my Belgian employer) is too low. In order to get the visa it has to be adjusted. According to the Swiss company, Swiss wages only apply for those days actually spent in CH, so they do not want to change the fixed fee. If I travel for them to Poland, Italy or other countries, which happens a lot, they claim Swiss salaries do not apply. I think I provide a service to a Swiss company, where ever I am. I am working on one assignment and that is the one for the Swiss company, whether I am at home or in CH or in Poland. Anyone who can clarify for me here?
So I think you want to bend the rules don't you! Why not just insist in a pay rise to get your permit.

Alternative arrangements can be made for less than 90 days in CH in a year by registration however it's not as easy as it sounds.
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So I think you want to bend the rules don't you! Why not just insist in a pay rise to get your permit.

Alternative arrangements can be made for less than 90 days in CH in a year by registration however it's not as easy as it sounds.
Thanks for your reply. I am not sure if I am bending rules. Given the background of the regulation (the wish not to hire cheap labour from abroad) and the fact that I am still providing the Swiss company with a service if I do a project in Poland for them, makes it a bit strange for me that Swiss wages only apply when you are physically in CH. Dont'you agree?
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Here's info on the short registration scheme that fatmanfilms mentioned.

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...verfahren.html

But from what I can see you need to register before you start working for the Swiss company.

I'm not entirely sure that you should be working here at all if you're not registered in any way either by having the proper permit or being registered under the scheme.
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