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Old 16.01.2013, 20:56
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Work permit non-EU

Hello everybody,
What is the time frame when you are applying first time? What reason can be giving in case of rejection?
Thank you for help,as I am super worrying
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Old 16.01.2013, 22:08
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Re: Work permit non-EU

A bit more info please. What nationality are you for starters? Unless you're an EU national (not citizens from Estonia, Latvia,Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, andHungary), you must get a job here first and that can be difficult. The rule is Swiss and EU nationals, except for the 8 countries listed above, when employers are searching for staff. Only if they can't find anyone with the right credentials can they then apply for a permit for someone from the rest of the world. So without knowing your nationality we're a bit stuck for advice.

If you are an EU national, then it shouldn't been too difficult to get a residence permit, but you have to convince the authorities that you can support yourself here while you search for a job so I guess you'd need to have bank statements to support your application.
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Old 16.01.2013, 22:15
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Re: Work permit non-EU

I am not EU,sign a work contract and company applied for the permit. Now I am stuck here waiting for the answer and wondering how long is it takes?
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I am not EU,sign a work contract and company applied for the permit. Now I am stuck here waiting for the answer and wondering how long is it takes?
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6-12 weeks
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Re: Work permit non-EU

Maybe a couple of months. Might depend on how quickly your new company wants you here and at work. I know it seems like a long time, but it will go quickly. Use the time to find out more about the company and the country. There's a book called "Living and Working in Switzerland" which is full of useful info and advice on moving and living here. Your local bookshop should be able to order it for you, or you could get it from Amazon. What are your language skills like? Start learning one of the official languages, depending on which part of the country you're going to be working/living in. Documentation for rentals, insurances, etc, won't be in English so knowing even a little can help.

Good luck with the new job and country and let us know how things are going. If you've any worries/queries then just post, we'll be here to offer support and guidance. There's lots of info in the various sticky threads here on all aspects of life in Switzerland and it'll help you understand how to fit in.
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Re: Work permit non-EU

Thank you guys!
Company wants me there ASAP,but I guess we just have to wait.
I am very familiar with the country in general,went 15 or so times for business for the last 5 years,but will have questions for sure!
My main concern at the moment is that permit will not be granted etc
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Re: Work permit non-EU

That's always a worry of course, but the company obviously think they can get a permit for you; they've done their homework on what they need to do to convince the authorities so hopefully it should all go smoothly. They've had to try and find a Swiss or EU person with the qualifications/skills they want, without success it seems. There's no guarantee, but firms won't go to the time and trouble of applying if they don't think they'll succeed.
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That's always a worry of course, but the company obviously think they can get a permit for you; they've done their homework on what they need to do to convince the authorities so hopefully it should all go smoothly. They've had to try and find a Swiss or EU person with the qualifications/skills they want, without success it seems. There's no guarantee, but firms won't go to the time and trouble of applying if they don't think they'll succeed.
Good points and I believe it was done.
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Re: Work permit non-EU

For us the company sponsored it.

Limitations include.. Criminal record in US.
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You need to married. Switzerland will not recognize domestic partnerships.
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For us the company sponsored it.

Limitations include.. Criminal record in US.
Owe back Taxes US

You need to married. Switzerland will not recognize domestic partnerships.
I am sorry but this is rather confusing as I have nothing to do with US and never asked about any partnerships........confusing........
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Re: Work permit non-EU

Hi Julia,

I'm picking up on this old thread to ask how long did it actually took to get your work permit ? Was it a B or an L ?
Many thanks for your response in advance!
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