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Moving to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year

Hi! Im from New Zealand, half British and live in Australia, 34 years old. Im looking to move to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year around April/ May to live and work. Im hoping to get a job with an outdoor adventure company and would be great to meet like minded people when I get there. I was in both those places last month travelling and loved it so much Im moving there. I will post a thread in the related forum for looking for house shares as I'll be looking for somewhere to stay long term. Emma :-)
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Old 29.09.2015, 18:04
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Re: Moving to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year

Welcome to the forum Emms. Question for you: do you travel on your British or New Zealand passport? It'll make a difference if you want to live and work here. If British then as a EU national you can just turn up and apply for a residence permit, funds permitting, and then you can look for a job. If you use the New Zealand one though you need to get your permit pre-approved by the Swiss authorities first.

"Nationals of the following states do not require a visa to enter Switzerland under any circumstances: Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

However, the competent Swiss authority will issue a prior authorisation of a residence permit in the following cases:

a) for a stay of more than 90 days, or

b) a stay involving gainful employment:

lasting more than eight days, or

from the first day of work in the primary or auxiliary construction sectors, the hospitality sector, industrial or private cleaning services, surveillance and security services, itinerant sales and services or erotic services.

This prior authorisation of a residence permit is issued directly to the foreign national, or to a third party (employer), by the cantonal migration authority. The Swiss diplomatic or consular mission is not involved in this procedure."

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/m...ency/visa.html

You'd need to apply to the cantonal migration office of the canton you plan to live in to get pre-approval.
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Re: Moving to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year

Can we not just have something on the front page of EF that just says: "If you are non-EU and want to move to Switzerland read this"?

It would save Medea so much (re)typing
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Re: Moving to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year

Well, there is this under the Permits section:

EU and non-EU Permits, Schengen, Naturalisation.

But really dodgyken, haven't you heard of copy and paste?
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Re: Moving to Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen next year

I'll be travelling on my British passport so I should be fine for living and working. I was just introducing myself :-) Cant wait to get back to the mountains and lakes again with my brother who will also be working there with the extreme sports.
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