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Au pair - how do i quit?

I've been with my family since october and we got a work permit sorted out, but it isnt working out and I will leave them mid-december. Only problem is that now i have to try to figure out how to tell the swiss government that im resigning, and the workers at the office de la population speak very little english (And i speak no french) and the mother is really upset with me because they went through all the trouble of getting me the permit.

i had a short conversation with a woman at the office de la population, but she spoke so little english so im pretty sure that she didnt understand what i meant when I tried to tell her that im quitting the job, does anyone of you know how to tell the government that im leaving?
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

I believe that if your permit is linked to your employer (the family) it means once you quit you have no longer a permit. What ate your plans? They possible depends if you are a EU national or not.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

Since you already know where to go, but you can't speak any French, maybe just type up an explanation, run it through google translate, print it out, and go back down to the office? I'm sure they'd get the point. Just don't use figures of speech, like 'figure of speech' or 'get the point'

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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

im gonna go back to my homecountry and I have no interest in remaining here, i just want to be able to leave without being chased by the swiss insurance people hahha.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

yeah im gonna do that as well. i've emailed them now too and perhaps it will be easier for them to understand if its written down in english. If they do not answer by tomorrow im gonna go and speak with them on monday when they open again and then i'll have translated questions ready
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

That should be simple, you go there before you leave and give the permit back to unregister yourself. That's all you need to do. Good luck!
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im gonna go back to my homecountry and I have no interest in remaining here, i just want to be able to leave without being chased by the swiss insurance people hahha.
You just need to find out how to say "I am leaving Switzerland" in French... can't be that hard. You don't need to go and tell them/de-register until just before you leave. A month before is a bit early.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

you sure? like its all the things with the insurances and stuff... it all seems so complicated.
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you sure? like its all the things with the insurances and stuff... it all seems so complicated.
Hasn't the family set up all your insurances. Just make sure that when you "sign-out" that you get a written confirmation of this.... give that to your host family and they should cancel your insurance.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

no i have my insurance from my homecountry, and ive gotten a letter now from the swiss government that they want a copy of my insurance to make sure that its of ok standard. but they want it by 23.12.15 at the latest, and i will have left the family before then. if i speak with the office de la population, could they just cancel all of it and i could ignore this letter?
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Old 19.11.2015, 22:12
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no i have my insurance from my homecountry, and ive gotten a letter now from the swiss government that they want a copy of my insurance to make sure that its of ok standard. but they want it by 23.12.15 at the latest, and i will have left the family before then. if i speak with the office de la population, could they just cancel all of it and i could ignore this letter?
They might still want proof that you had insurance whilst you were here. Can't you just give them a copy of your insurance. Surely that is not a difficult thing to do?
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They might still want proof that you had insurance whilst you were here. Can't you just give them a copy of your insurance. Surely that is not a difficult thing to do?
If she is here for less than three months then she wouldn't actually need insurance would she? I guess that's what she has to find out from the service de la population.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

In Vaud, I believe all Au Pairs have to be placed by properly registered agencies, who will help the family set up insurance, AVS (pension) etc- so did the family find you from an agency? Are ou EU or non EU?
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If she is here for less than three months then she wouldn't actually need insurance would she? I guess that's what she has to find out from the service de la population.
Yes... because she has been working, not here a a tourist. She definitely needs insurance.
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Old 20.11.2015, 00:51
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

Be sensible, if she goes to the office de la population and tells them she is leaving next week, they aren't going to ask for proof of insurance are they?

To Bibbetybobbity: please answer these 3 questions, they are relevant,

are you an EU citizen?
did your employer use an agency to place you?
have you received pay statements, showing the statuary deductions?

It is possible your employer has not followed the rules, and will be keen to keep you here & employed, to avoid their errors being shown? Is it really impossible to continue working, is there any room for negotiation?
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

Checked the Vaud website, EU citizens do not have to be placed by an Agency, but others do (+Croatia)- so it depends very much on your nationality. But wherever you come from, it is the duty of the family to register you, organise pension payments and insurance for both health and accidents, and compulsory language classes, etc. You should not work more than 30 hours and only 15 in sole charge of children- is that the case?

Who paid for flights? Often the family pays for flights from and return- if the Au Pair leaves early she is supposed to pay back the flight in- and of course won't get return flight paid.

Do you reayll want to go home though. Why not contact an agency about changing family- or is there more to it than the family not 'working out for you'. You are here now, why not make the best of it. First talk to the family to see if you can all make adjustments to make it work- then change family and try your best to make it work.

No-one can advise you unless we know if you are from an EU country or not.
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Old 20.11.2015, 11:23
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

All the other "advice" aside, the answer to your question is quite simple.

1. Have someone (perhaps on this forum?) write the following in French for you: "I am leaving Switzerland permanently and would like to de-register. Apologies, but I speak no French, as I've not been here long enough to learn. I plan to leave on December XX, 2015."
2. Print and take it to the appropriate governmental office (sorry, don't know what they're called in that part of the country - I assume that's the office du la population you mentioned in your first post).
3. Take whatever form they give you, send a copy to any appropriate insurers, and you're done. If you haven't got health insurance yet, don't worry about it - I can't see the government chasing someone who has already de registered who was here for less than 3 months.

From a Swiss government point of view, you're done at that point. That said, if you were hired through an agency, you should let them know as well (and I would expect them to help you navigate this process).
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Checked the Vaud website, EU citizens do not have to be placed by an Agency, but others do (+Croatia)- so it depends very much on your nationality. But wherever you come from, it is the duty of the family to register you, organise pension payments and insurance for both health and accidents, and compulsory language classes, etc. You should not work more than 30 hours and only 15 in sole charge of children- is that the case?

Who paid for flights? Often the family pays for flights from and return- if the Au Pair leaves early she is supposed to pay back the flight in- and of course won't get return flight paid.

Do you reayll want to go home though. Why not contact an agency about changing family- or is there more to it than the family not 'working out for you'. You are here now, why not make the best of it. First talk to the family to see if you can all make adjustments to make it work- then change family and try your best to make it work.

No-one can advise you unless we know if you are from an EU country or not.
Not just Vaud, but all the cantons if you're a non-EU national.

The rules are here:

http://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fami...formation.html
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

Where are you in Vaud- depending on location perhaps one of us on EF could meet up to help you.
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Re: Au pair - how do i quit?

I'm trying to quit au-pairs too.

Damn difficult to give up.
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