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Working in switzerland as a foreigner

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i am 20 year old student, studying at the moment in a Greek University. During the summer i plan on coming to Switzerland to work. I haven't found yet a job but i am open to anything. How many hours can i work as a Greek university student? Does the 15 hours per week rule also apply to me?
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Why? What are your Swiss language skills like? Without speaking at least one of them with reasonable fluency you're unlikely to find a job here. How would you communicate with customers/clients/bosses/colleagues without it?
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Welcome to the forum and good luck.
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Hello,

i am 20 year old student, studying at the moment in a Greek University. During the summer i plan on coming to Switzerland to work. I haven't found yet a job but i am open to anything. How many hours can i work as a Greek university student? Does the 15 hours per week rule also apply to me?
You're probably and very likely not going to find a job... the country is full of students who want a summer or part-time job, and they speak the local language.

The only work I can imagine would be relaistic is maybe farm work or something labour-intensive where they can pay you low money and where language doesn't rally matter.
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Why Switzerland?

No, the 15 hours/week rule doesn't apply to you - that only goes for (non-EU) students enrolled in a Swiss university.

Technically, as an EU citizen, you can come here anytime to find work. However, frankly, without qualification and no knowledge of a local language, you will have a very very very hard time finding a summer job. Even most Swiss students struggle in finding something and they all speak the language...

Also note that the cost of living here is very high. So if the purpose of finding temp work here is to make some money to take home (which is a valid reason), you might want to reconsider as you'd likely spend whatever you earn again just on travel cost and to basically survive while here.
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Γεια σου!

Do you want to come to Switzerland to make some money or to get experience in your field?

If it is for the money, as the others have said, I think it would very difficult as you can read all the posts about people living here that are looking for a job for months with no luck. Although others had managed.

Ideas for quick, accessible, english speaking jobs?

If it is to advance your academic career, I would talk to your Greek professors since some might have links to professors in Switzerland facilitating your entry. However, I do not know what is the law about internships in Switzerland.

If I were you, I will think about what is the best to improve your career. Think long term. Maybe first establish a relationship/collaboration with a Swiss professor through your Greek adviser, and then you can plan on coming here in the future for a PhD for example.

You can check here for academic jobs.

http://www.eth-gethired.ch/
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Hi

if the purpose of coming to Switzerland is purely to earn money, what languages do you speak/write?

If you come to the German part, you will need German. If you come to the French part you will need French. You will be competing with Germans/French/Italian/Austrians who are just across the border and have the language skills.

Note in Switzerland you will need to pay for Health Insurance, that is approximately CHF300 a month. Accommodation is hard to fine and can be expensive.

There is unemployment in Switzerland.

If you do not have the necessary language for Switzerland, do you speak English, as you write it?

If so have you thought about UK, as in UK you will not have to pay the 300 a month Health Insurance, or should I say it this way, when you are working a percentage is taken from your pay/salary (that is much lower). Basic short term accommodation can be cheaper and easier to find at a lower rate, something like a room or flat share - providing you are not fussy and maybe prepared to travel.

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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

First of all i want to thank everyone who answered. My mother lives and works in Switzerland (will be living with her). I speak English and German very fluently (Cambridge Proficiency & kleines Sprachdiplom). I am only interested to work about 2 or 3 months in order to make money. How much can i earn with a simple job as a waiter lets say? Up to how many hours can i work per week? The reason i am posting on the forum is not to find a job, i am just looking to clarify some questions i have.
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

You can work as many hours as you want as you are not a student in Switzerland.
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

You will need to register with the commune/gemeinde admin office as being resident though and your mother should check with her landlord/agency that it's okay to have you living with her.

You're not allowed to work here without being registered as a resident and there are regulations about how many people can live in a property, depending on its size, their relative ages, etc.
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Re: Working in switzerland as a foreigner

Thank you very much. Can you clarify my last question? How much can i earn with a simple job as a waiter lets say? Whats the lowest income for a job in Switzerland? Is it hourly based?
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CHF 3500-4000/month.

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