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Hello, new to Switzerland, new to forum! I'm looking for some general help and information. My girlfriend has a job in Zug and her work took care of her whole relocation. Now I need to go through the proses myself. I come from Scotland and I'm a qualified electrician, I have spoken with a couple of recruitment agencies and the prospect of finding a job is very good.

What I would like help with is basically the order of business, registration, insurance, bank account, work permit and anything else I may need to or should do.

I have worked mostly in new build construction, if you have ant further tips regarding the construction industry that would also be helpful.

Thanks.
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

I suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move here. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.

As for order, you can be here for up to 3 months as a job seeker without registering as being a resident. After that time if you haven't found a job yet you can ask for an L permit to continue your search, providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself. If/when you find a job you take your signed employment contract to the gemeinde admin office where you're living and fill in the application form for a permit. Being EU so long as the contract is for a year or more you'll get a 5 year B permit. If it's less then you'll stay on an L permit. You're not allowed to start working until you've registered as being a resident here.

Once registered you have up to 3 months to arrange your health insurance cover before the gemeinde will put you on their default insurance scheme which may be more than you want to pay. It will be backdated to your registration date so if you leave it too long your first bill will be bigger to cover the back months. You won't be able to get insurance or a bank account until you physically have your permit in your hands as it'll be asked for then trying to set these up.

You should be able to rent a place without having a permit first, but obviously it'll help. If you're thinking of staying with your girlfriend then she needs to check with her landlord/agency that it's okay for you to be there long term.
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Welcome to the forum Broono and good luck with your job hunt.

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You won't be able to get insurance or a bank account until you physically have your permit in your hands as it'll be asked for then trying to set these up.
I don't know of things have changed recently, but when we arrived in November, we were allowed to open bank accounts based upon having copies of the completed permit applications that had been stamped by the Gemeinde. The permits didn't arrive until 5 weeks later.

Worth asking the question at your bank of choice.
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Hello, new to Switzerland, new to forum! I'm looking for some general help and information. My girlfriend has a job in Zug and her work took care of her whole relocation. Now I need to go through the proses myself. I come from Scotland and I'm a qualified electrician, I have spoken with a couple of recruitment agencies and the prospect of finding a job is very good.

What I would like help with is basically the order of business, registration, insurance, bank account, work permit and anything else I may need to or should do.

I have worked mostly in new build construction, if you have ant further tips regarding the construction industry that would also be helpful.

Thanks.

Further to Medea's points.


The construction industry here is probably different, fewer small "builders", and the buildings themselves are for the most part small multi story apartments. Most of the electricians I know do a mix of residential and commercial work, but that may just the small sample size.


When you are at interviews with electrical contractors ask them about the issue of transferring your license - then go and speak to the applicable certification authority directly. For the long term you really want to have a Swiss qualification: even with a master's ticket, German, and knowing the Swiss electrical code, night school and sitting any required exams would be a good investment.
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Thanks, for the very useful information. My initial plan is to work as a Elektrikerhelfer wich according to the recruitment agencies is possible. Once I'm working I intend to deal with certificates and qualifications.
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Thanks, for the very useful information. My initial plan is to work as a Elektrikerhelfer wich according to the recruitment agencies is possible. Once I'm working I intend to deal with certificates and qualifications.
That's a good plan, then with recognised certificates salaries go up, there are also a lot of possibilities for further professional training in switzerland.
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