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Can my wife work in Switzerland?

Hello,

My wife works in Germany as a Home Nurse in a Private Company.
Her Job is to take care the old people, she works in 12 hour shifts with 3 other nurse by an old patient. SHe has experience in Hospitals and Nursing homes in an Eu country.
She has a B1 German telc exam, she can do everything, making a contract of home renting, she can go to the doctor and get medicaments, buy everything in a shop etc, but not with excellent fluency.
The problem is, I have read, nurses need B2 level exam in order to work.
She is not on a level of B2, and it will take many years for her to get it.
Do you know, if she can work in at least a Nursing Home with B1 level?
Can she be accepted? Please help.
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Old 27.01.2015, 18:28
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

Welcome to the Forum. Are you EU citizens? If so that will help. Here's more info on where she'd need to get her qualifications recognized.

Info for nurses looking to work in switzerland.

Keep in mind that in nursing homes the primary language would likely be Swiss German, not high German...so your wife could find it a challenge to communicate with patients even if she's at B1 level.
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

Yes Eu Citizen. I have seen your link, so there is not much chance, right?
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Old 27.01.2015, 18:32
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

Does she speak French or Italian? To get her qualifications recognised she needs to be at B2 in ANY Swiss Language. I know an Italian physio working in a Swiss German speaking area, she doesn't speak German but her qualifications were recognised on her Italian.

. getting a job without speaking the language even if you have the qualification recognition, may not be easy though.
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

No she doesn't speak french and italian.
Maybe she can work as an auxiliary nurse?
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

She'll need to contact the Swiss Red Cross to get her qualifications recognised and this could take some time so she could work on improving her German while she waits. I think B2 will be the minimum required to work in her profession here.
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

The problem is, it would take years, she barely passed B1. So there is no need to contact. I'm disappointed.
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

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The problem is, it would take years, she barely passed B1. So there is no need to contact. I'm disappointed.
Here's a description of B2 proficiency I found online:

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Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
Hopefully you can see why this would be essential to a nurse. Why do you say it would take years for her to go up one level? She's already living and working in Germany, where they speak...German! Many people benefit from intensive courses as well. Is that an option?

What's the urgency for her to work here? What about you getting a job here and her coming over with you?
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Re: Can my wife work in Switzerland?

Perhaps she could get a job working in a private home looking after a single patient?
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