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Hello from Boston

Hello all, I am a US citizen with a strong interest in Switzerland, and hope to one day live in this ridiculously beautiful country! I look forward to interacting with members of this forum, and gaining insight on education, employment, and the Swiss way of life (while learning my German).
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Re: Hello from Boston

Welcome to the forum.
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Re: Hello from Boston

Welcome to the forum BlaxOr.

Firstly, know that it's extremely difficult for any non-EU national to be hired here and it's only going to get worse in the future. You need to be highly qualified/skilled with several years experience in your chosen field. More info here:

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

Secondly, you - as an American citizen - are required by US law to file US tax returns no matter where you live in the world and you could also owe the US tax on top of what you pay in the country you're living in. Start by reading here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad

Google "FATCA" and also search the forum for this. There are plenty of stories of how FATCA has and is ruining the lives of Americans abroad.

I suggest getting hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Re: Hello from Boston

I appreciate the tips; I was aware of the very difficult immigration process that lies before any non-EU citizen, and am not a big fan of ideology behind FATCA/citizen-based taxation for those working abroad (although it does not affect me currently). So, it will be an extremely tough road for me, but so are many other good things in life.

The book seems interesting, thanks for the suggestion!
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Re: Hello from Boston

As a 'trailing spouse' soon to be headed back to the US, whatever mountains you need to move to get here, do it. (no pun intended) I have absolutely cherished every single moment here, even the ones spent on EF.

Cheers!
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Welcome to the forum.

Be aware, the seafood isn't as good here as in Boston...
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Hey welcome to the forum! I am from Canada and now living in Basel. It is a beautiful country. You will love it here!
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Re: Hello from Boston

Just arrived last summer so I've been through everything a newcomer goes through. If you have specific questions, I'd be happy to help you!
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