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I'm a software engineer in the United States and I work for a consulting firm that sends their employees to various client locations around the world. I'm currently working for a client in California. In September I'm going to make a request to be staffed on a project in Switzerland. My company has some clients in Bern and Zurich and I'm really interested in going there to work. Does anyone here on this DB know what it is to live and work in Bern or Zurich? Is English widely spoken in Bern and Zurich? Are there any evangelical Christian churches in Bern or Zurich?
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I'm a software engineer in the United States and I work for a consulting firm that sends their employees to various client locations around the world. I'm currently working for a client in California. In September I'm going to make a request to be staffed on a project in Switzerland. My company has some clients in Bern and Zurich and I'm really interested in going there to work. Does anyone here on this DB know what it is to live and work in Bern or Zurich? Is English widely spoken in Bern and Zurich? Are there any evangelical Christian churches in Bern or Zurich?


It might me hard for you to get a work Permit since you are a non-EU citizen, but sometimes transferring within a Company gives you the Option.


The public transport is very good here so you don't Need a car. In Bern, you will likely need German for your Job. In Zürich, there are more international companies where English is the Company language.


That being said. It is best to learn German, French, or Italian depending on where located in Switzerland.


There are all sorts of churches here, but Religion doesn't Play as big of a role as it does in some States of the US.
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Are there any evangelical Christian churches in Bern or Zurich?
There are international English-speaking Christian churches in Bern and Zurich:

http://www.theicb.ch/

http://www.ipc-zurich.org/

For additional ones, suggest you search the internet.
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Re: Working in Switzerland

Do make sure you understand the tax ramifications as a U.S. Citizen. Negotiate tax equalization based on your actual situation rather than a national or regional average and negotiate gross-up. And of course negotiate for full tax planning as well as prep, for both your U.S. And Swiss taxes.

If this is a short term assignment negotiate housing help. The Zurich housing market is tight, renting for less that a year can be difficult, many on short term assignments need corporate housing in such cases. Bern may be a bit easier.

If your company does this all the time they should already have this down to a science.

Are you bringing family? If so, there are many other issues to consider, and to include in your negotiations.
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As well as the other considerations already mentioned, be aware that Swiss/EU nationals are given priority when hiring so that may also apply in your case. The criteria for non-EU hiring is here:

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

English widely spoken, well of course not. It's not a Swiss language, though many people do speak it. But if you're going to be in Bern or Zurich you need to learn some German if only to understand things like food labels, etc.

On the US tax side as an American abroad you'll also need to sign a W-9 form before you can open any bank account here so said bank can pass the info on to the IRS. And if any of your "foreign", i.e. outside of the US, accounts come to more than the aggreate figure of $10,000 at any time of the year you'll also need to file a FBAR form. Start your tax research here:

https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inte...-Aliens-Abroad
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There are international English-speaking Christian churches in Bern and Zurich:

http://www.theicb.ch/

http://www.ipc-zurich.org/

For additional ones, suggest you search the internet.
Thank you for the links. Those look like good churches.
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