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Help Please from fellow EU citizens

Hi Everyone

I recently moved to Switzerland, i have been here two weeks already. I am an EU citizen. I hope some of you can answer my questions which i have struggled to get confirmation on.

1) If i am an EU citizen is it 3 or 6 months that i can be here looking for work?
2) DO i need to go somewhere or fill in any forms stating that i am here searching for work ?
3) Do i only need to register with the relevant canton once i have found my job?
4) Any South Africans around?

Regards and many thanks
Michelle
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

You will probably be able to find quite a lot of info on the Swiss government website www.ch.ch
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

Thank you for your reply !

My problem is on that website and on different forums, i keep seeing different things so I'm not sure where to turn ;(
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

As an EU citizen you can stay 3 months before you need to register. Then once those three months are up you need to apply for a job seekers permit which is for 6 months. It can be extended after that.

You will need to start paying health insurance only when you register after the first 3 months are over. Keep in mind they will make you play the whole months insurance. So try to register at the beginning of the month rather than the 27th or so.
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

Hello Michelle,
When i came to Switzerland (i am EU citizen), i actually have registered with the relevant Gemeinde immediately and got a 3 months permit. When those three months were up, i received a letter from Immigration office where they asked me a few questions regarding my stay, if i found a job already, etc. After that i received a 6 months permit. During that 6 months period i found a job, i took the work contract to Gemeinde, and i received the long term permit (B).
As it was mentioned, you will need to get health insurance not later than 3 months after you register at the Gemeinde, if you dont, the authorirites will do it for you, and they will not choose the cheapest option for you.
Some info about the procedures can be found here:
https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...r_schweiz.html
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

Thank you Minimia and Janacze for your help. This gives me some clarity.

Did you get the permit from the relevant canton? the problem for me is i am staying in Lausanne Temporarily until i find a job and can move closer to my job. So i don't think i must register until i am certain of where i am going to live.

Thanks for your help
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Thank you Minimia and Janacze for your help. This gives me some clarity.

Did you get the permit from the relevant canton? the problem for me is i am staying in Lausanne Temporarily until i find a job and can move closer to my job. So i don't think i must register until i am certain of where i am going to live.

Thanks for your help
It doesn't matter, register now if that's what you want to do. If you're in Lausanne, you register with them, then if/when you find a job - if it's outside Lausanne - you deregister from Lausanne and rereigster at the new location. You'll pay for the privilege of course, but that's Switzerland.

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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

You can stay here up to 3 months without any permit.

Info from the web of the State Secretariat for Migration:
"EU-27/EFTA nationals may enter Switzerland for job-seeking purposes. No permit is required for stays of up to three months. If no job can be found within this time, the appropriate local or cantonal authorities will grant a short-term residence permit (type L permit) valid for another three months’ job search. If after this period your job search has remained unsuccessful, you may request for your short-term residence permit to be extended. Extensions are granted up to one year. However, this short-term residence permit does not authorize EU-2 nationals to take up employment. They are subject to the interim provisions in place (quotas, Swiss citizens worker priority, control of wage and work conditions). If these conditions are not met, a permit cannot be granted. EU-2 nationals must always apply for a residence and work permit with the cantonal labour market authority (see question "Taking up residence and gainful employment")."
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Re: Help Please from fellow EU citizens

Hi Michelle


Greetings from a fellow SAFFA
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Thank you Minimia and Janacze for your help. This gives me some clarity.

Did you get the permit from the relevant canton? the problem for me is i am staying in Lausanne Temporarily until i find a job and can move closer to my job. So i don't think i must register until i am certain of where i am going to live.

Thanks for your help
Since you can stay here for three months before you need to register, save the money you would spend registering and deregistering and paying the extra 3 months of insurance. Then register three months from now. Hopefully you'll have a better idea of where you want to be etc.

Good luck.
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Thank you everyone. I really appreciate your advice
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