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Spending time in Switzerland

Hi all - My name is Ben, 27 years old, and from the United States. I am thinking to relocate to Switzerland for several months - possibly longer.

I have a Swiss girlfriend, one reason I would like to be in Switzerland for a longer period of time than just holidays. I also enjoy the outdoors, and it seems CH is the perfect place for an outdoor lover.

As a profession I work as a video producer inside of corporate communications. I hope this forum will help me in discovering employment opportunities and in learning about life in Switzerland.

Looking forward to "meeting" all of you.

-Ben
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Old 04.01.2016, 18:14
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Nice to have you here. You can find tons of employment info here and even some job ads.. have not seen any recent ads in your area though. Hope you enjoy the forum
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If she's rich enough and wants to make that financial commitment, she can apply for concubinage. It's less a commitment than marriage.
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Don't know about the job prospects of video producers.
Most affairs around "static" pictures are already outsourced to a very competitive (and thus plagued by low rates) freelancer market - I would assume, the same is true for video.

Good luck.
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Re: Spending time in Switzerland

Ben, another American over here . I also decided to move here b/c of the outdoors....its been 4 years now!

Will you be able to get a work permit somehow? This will greaten your chances in staying in Switzerland for longer periods of time. Maybe you can also get some opportunities with the non profits or the UN. They could possibly use your skillets.

Happy New Year, wishing you luck making it in 2016
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Re: Spending time in Switzerland

Thanks everyone for the welcome. Just returned from to the states. Having another visit in 2 months. Hope to make a longer trip at the end of this year for 2-3 months to learn German. I think long term, language is going to be very beneficial in the job hunt.

Cheers
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Re: Spending time in Switzerland

Welcome to the forum, but be aware that non-EU nationals come last in the jobs queue. Employers have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who can do the job. The hiring criteria is here:

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

Also the Swiss are looking to cut back on immigration from the EU too so that may or may not affect non-EU nationals.

Plus as an American citizen you should know that you're required under US law to file US tax returns no matter where you live in the world and could also owe the US tax on top of your Swiss ones. Start your research on that here:

https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inte...-Aliens-Abroad

To open a bank account here you will be required to sign a W-9 form to allow the bank to pass the account info on to the IRS. And if any "foreign", i.e. outside of US, bank account/s comes to more than the aggregate figure of $10,000 at any time of the year you'll also need to file a FBAR form detailing those accounts and the amounts in them.

The concubine permit may be possible, but your girlfriend would have to agree to be financially responsible for you for 5 years and I don't know if you could work with that permit. Also not all cantons have this permit as the Swiss don't really do unmarried hetrosexual couples.
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