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Swiss-Mexican looking to move to Switzlerland

Hi everybody! Its my first post ever. Im 25 born and live in Mexico. I have a Mexican and Swiss passport and looking to move to Switzerland after I graduate as an International Business Student at the end of this semester.
Ive visited Switzerland many times I love Bern, Interlaken, Geneve and of course Zurich.
I love the peace, quality of life etc. I've only lived here in Mexico, Los Angeles for a few years and Melbourne for a year. I speak Spanish, English and very basic German.
I need some advice on moving and the process of assimilating into the country. I have list of countries i would like to go live and work. I dont want to work in Mexico nor the U.S. Switzerland is my top choice of course because of my swiss nationality. but here are my choices
1)Switzerland
2)Australia (Melbourne)
3)Canada (Vancouver)
4)Singapore
5)Hong Kong
any recommendation or tips are welcomed.
Thanks a lot!
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Re: Swiss-Mexican looking to move to Switzlerland

Welcome to the forum.

Now, this may sound unkind, but frankly I don't think Switzerland should be your first choice. Without speaking a reasonable level of German, French or Italian depending on which part you want to live in, finding any sort of job will be difficult even though you hold Swiss citizenship.

This may help a little:

http://aso.ch/files/webcontent/recht..._with_logo.pdf

and also contact the nearest Swiss embassy/consulate to see what advice they can give you as a returning Swiss national.

We've had a few Swiss returnees on the forum and many have said they find it hard to fit in as even though they hold the nationality, they're seen as outsiders because they don't speak the language/s or understand the local way of life.

I'm not sure, but you may be required to undertake military service as well.

I would suggest, if you can, to spend an extended period here (3 months to a year) to see if it's really a place you could settle down in. Visits are all very well, but they don't always give you a picture of what your day to day life would be like. It would also give you a chance to research things like jobs, property rental, costs of food, utilities, insurances, etc.

I would also suggest getting hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's aimed at expats, but still has a lot of info which would be useful to you too. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Re: Swiss-Mexican looking to move to Switzlerland

thanks for your advice! it was quite helpful. by the time i would go id be 26 exempt from military service and also i would take an intensive german course before going. i know it would be difficult to blend in smoothly and expensive to live comfortably.
perhaps going back to Australia seems more formidable now.
Ill definitely give that book a read. cheers
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thanks for your advice! it was quite helpful. by the time i would go id be 26 exempt from military service and also i would take an intensive german course before going. i know it would be difficult to blend in smoothly and expensive to live comfortably.
perhaps going back to Australia seems more formidable now.
Ill definitely give that book a read. cheers
Please bare in mind, that you will have to back-pay a percentage of all your salaries earned from when you should have been enlisted to the military up until you're 30. It's called "Wehrpflichersatzabgabe" (here is a link to the site from ZH http://www.amz.zh.ch/internet/sicher...chtersatz.html). Also, you probably don't have the option of doing any type of civil service as you're "too old" and don't speak the language.
One further advice, if you're really determined on coming here, I would do so but keep an open mind and possibly treat it as an experience, which would possibly make you appreciate other places even more. Switzerland is not everybody's cup of tea and you wouldn't be able to immerse yourself into the culture and integrate as you've probably previously done in the States.
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Welcome and enjoy.
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