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Leaving Switzerland Permanently

I have searched around a bit on the forum but haven't found what I'm looking for so far. I seem to remember seeing a list of stuff to do for people leaving Switzerland - does anyone know where to find that?

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Old 18.05.2009, 07:00
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

http://www.englishforum.ch/tags/

Not sure exactly what info you're looking for but try searching the word leaving, it returns a lot of interesting posts.
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Old 18.05.2009, 07:37
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Here is a commercial site offering emigration services
http://www.auswanderung.ch/index.cfm...,3&SID=1&DID=2

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Old 18.05.2009, 07:55
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

markalex once suggested the creation of a central place for information about leaving the country. So far there is no all-encompassing guideline on EF about that.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

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I have searched around a bit on the forum but haven't found what I'm looking for so far. I seem to remember seeing a list of stuff to do for people leaving Switzerland - does anyone know where to find that?

Cheers!
There is this but it doesn't cover everything.

http://geneva.angloinfo.com/countrie...nd/leaving.asp
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

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I have searched around a bit on the forum but haven't found what I'm looking for so far. I seem to remember seeing a list of stuff to do for people leaving Switzerland - does anyone know where to find that?

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Hmm ...

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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

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I have searched around a bit on the forum but haven't found what I'm looking for so far. I seem to remember seeing a list of stuff to do for people leaving Switzerland - does anyone know where to find that?

Cheers!
The relocation companies refer to this as repatriation, if you are returning to your home country. Most offer this service and will provide a checklist and possibly even a repatriation handbook. (all fee based).

Usually returning to one's home country is not as complicated as relocating to somewhere else as there is no language barrier and often one has friends or family who can assist back in the home country.

All I could find is this link, which may be of some use.
http://www.expatexchange.com/lib.cfm?articleID=273

If you are not leaving on short notice, the process will be easier.
Hope everything works out.
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Old 18.05.2009, 10:17
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Since there is no list. Let's create one

1. Seek advice on the EF on how to dodge the 40K in speeding tickets you acquired during your stay in "Swiss"

2. Organise a farewell party and don't forget to mention it in the Events section of the EF, please mention there is Free Beer for all...

3. At the evening before you leave, wait until 10.01 pm, take a shower and top it off with a hearty flush of the toilet...

4. ......

Anyway OT; as already mentioned above, most relocation agencies apparently have checklists, maybe someone has a copy and can post it? (if that is allowed)
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Old 18.05.2009, 12:36
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Oddly enough, I was going to post this exact question yesterday.
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Old 18.05.2009, 12:51
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Is this a 07.31 in the morning where am I and what am I doing here thread?
Or should we really start a list... Apart from party...
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Old 18.05.2009, 12:54
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

If I get time, I'll try and add what useful information I come across in the next few weeks.
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Old 18.05.2009, 13:07
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Took a while to find it but...

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Is that the one you were thinking of?
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Old 18.05.2009, 14:15
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Many thanks to all for the usefull (or otherwise) suggestions and tips, as with the Colonel, I'll post some tips and advice as my own experience develops over the next few weeks.

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Old 19.05.2009, 19:04
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

So far, the first couple of day's research has told me that it's not as bad as I thought so far if you're not too tied up here.
We've got a bit of funny situation as the exact date for starting my new job is not confirmed yet (due to visa aplications being made late by the new employer) and there's a vague possibility of another month here, so we're having to run plans for a few different scenarios. We're also a little light on savings, so we're not splashing out on too much stuff and working out little ruses to save money on the invariably expensive business of moving continent.


Things to cancel - there's threads on most of these subjects, I'd imagine

Rental contract
Household and personal insurance
Health insurance
Cable / phone
Electric / water / gas

For us, that's about it, but I'd imagine many of you have other commitments, like cars, mortgages, etc.

We're also going to deregister the wife and kids so (being EU nationals) they can have a day in France and then come back as tourists on massively cheaper holiday insurance from the UK. A nice way to save Fr. 500. EU nationals can do this for 90 days without filling in any paperwork.
After talking to the secretary at work, she reckons that for earners on <Fr.100,000 a year who've not been here long, you might as well take out your 2nd pillar pension pot, so we're looking into that, too, although she reckons it'll take six months to get the money out. I also found that the accident insurance arranged through work for myself also covers me for the first 30 days after the contract ends and can be extended for Fr. 25/month - I don't know if this is just a perk for civil servants.
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The chap at the foreigners' police said they had 'several days' in which to leave the country and come back again. Now to try and find a customs post for a passport stamp in case anyone asks...
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Old 20.05.2009, 15:58
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

@ Colonel - did you manage to find out anything about pension pots for earners in excess of the 100K? I thought it wasn't possible to take the money with you rather it would be held in a frozen account.

I'll add to the cancellation list:

schools - if you're children are going to a private school
car insurance
car taxation - maybe a refund is applicable?
house insurance
telephone - land line / mobile / internet
bank accounts
credit cards
make a list of people you need to notify about change of address
get an online internet based email address because you'll lose your "bluewin" or whatever equivalent
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Old 20.05.2009, 16:44
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@ Colonel - did you manage to find out anything about pension pots for earners in excess of the 100K? I thought it wasn't possible to take the money with you rather it would be held in a frozen account.

Regarding the pensions, it should be possible to get the lot out, minus a witholding tax, regardless of earnings. She just thought for the small amount my salary racked up, it wasn't worth having it here. She also said, from experience with other uni leavers, that it takes about six months and the money has to be transferred to a private bank account, not to another pension plan, although once they've transferred it to you, you can do what you like with it.

Edit: if you don't mind - where are you off to?
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

May be this thread is also helpful regarding your preparation to leave.


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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

Just make sure you have a new valid car insurance before you cancel the old one.

Bank account I would wait to cancel. It may be handy to have a Swiss account if you receive delayed payments of depots and similar. And one account I would keep indefinitely. It never hurts to have a Swiss bank account.

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schools - if you're children are going to a private school
car insurance
car taxation - maybe a refund is applicable?
house insurance
telephone - land line / mobile / internet
bank accounts
credit cards
make a list of people you need to notify about change of address
get an online internet based email address because you'll lose your "bluewin" or whatever equivalent
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Re: Leaving Switzerland guide

But remember to keep money in it... because the bank charges build up and you can end up in the red by not keeping your eye on your balance because you are busy with your new life and place!
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