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Just arrived - from Montreal to Basel :)

Hello all,

I've been lurking around on the forums and have found a lot of useful advice regarding immigration and work permits etc and I finally arrived yesterday and am very impressed with the efficiency and welcome that I have been given.

I got a little welcome package from the city of Basel and Switzerland with a little coupon booklet for a lot of stuff here in Basel which I thought was really cool. They have also started a pilot program of giving out free German lessons (they are still sorting out the details with the schools so I'm not sure which schools are offering the program) and I can avail of around 80 lessons from participating schools!

Anyways, just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I am a software engineer from Canada who moved to Switzerland to be with his girlfriend (she is a permanent resident here).

Next steps: get a bank account, phone number and most importantly - look for a job!

Cheers,
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Welcome to Basel.
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Re: Just arrived - from Montreal to Basel :)

Good that they're giving some German lessons. When I went to register at Basel Stadt they gave me that booklet full of discounts (mainly off museum tickets), but when I asked for info about learning German they just pointed me to some leaflets, all IN GERMAN, about language classes.

Out of spite I've refused to learn the language ever since
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Re: Just arrived - from Montreal to Basel :)

Hello,

Quick update - I managed to get a bank account but no phone number. What is interesting is that they wouldn't give me a phone number without my official permit (I still have a temporary permit which is basically stating that an official one is on the way).

Anyways, I hope to get an official permit soon (it's already been 2 weeks) so I can start my life!
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Welcome to Basel.
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Re: Just arrived - from Montreal to Basel :)

Bienvenue Switzerland!
I have felt a similar welcome feeling upon my move to Zurich -- folks here on EF and in the city are very lovely and helpful, overall!
Hope you and your girlfriend enjoy your time. Wish you a smooth transition.

Cheers!
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