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If you don't register within 8 days then technically you can be fined and you get a black mark against yoru name straight away. Your employer should understand that registration is mandatory and has to let you go to do it.
Why did your employer apply for your permit? The procedure for an EU citizen is that you take a copy of your employment contract to the town hall when you register and a residence permit is issued a few weeks later.
Did you make the authorities aware of the fact that you are not living at the address used in the application - if not, then you should.
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I feel I must state once again as I have in the past, that these proceedures differ all over Switzerland from canton to canton, and no one should state dogmatically thats how it is. This causes great confusion and delay in peoples lives.
In Ticino at least, the permit is posted to you after you have applied to the permesso office, you then pay for it at the post office. Your town hall has nothing to do with it, although they may be notified of your presence at that address and you need to go to them within 2 weeks and register and pay medical ins.
There are many different approaches even in the case of EU citizens. My situation is a case in point.
Refering someone to a thread that vaguely covers some of the subject does nothing but add further confusion and frustration. If you dont know, and you are not an authority on the subject, rather hold your tongue for the sake of the poor immigrant who is stressed enough without more misinformation.
I include my experience here for illustation purposes. Feel free to comment or offer advice if you have been there and can help.
There are two of us we are not married my partner is Italian I am British, Up to now we have both been resident in Italy and Ive been running a language business in Como Italy.
We applied together for residence in Mendrisio last December after making all the enquires, we were told it was simple, it wasnt.
We both applied to live in Mendrisio and continue working in Italy , my partner is a manager for a firm.
We signed a house contract in my name and lodged deposit in the bank etc.
Then we waited for two weeks to pass.... which turned into months.
We spoke to them again, they said no problem just delays.
We went again via the head office in Bellinzona, which actually issues the permit, although one is forced to only speak to Mendrisio. After a four months they sent my partners B permit by mail and nothing for me, just a letter stating I should turn up at the Mendriso office.
I did this, they wanted more tax records of my company in Italy and every receipt ever issued since inception, 3 years. When given these, they sat on them for two months.
I eventually spoke to the man in Bellinzona handling this, by phone in March, and he said he wanted my 2007 tax return, as the two previous years were not enough info. My tax for 2007 hasn't been finanised yet as its due in May.
So I'm stuck going to the post box continually to look.
I went to my local town hall, where they shook they heads and said it should be easy as we are both EU citizens, and they gave us a letter saying we didn't need cassa medical insurance in CH as we pay it and work in Italy.Various business people we have met in CH have offered to help us try and motivate this, but dont know what they should do.
Maybe I should start a company in CH, I'm not sure if this will make it any easier however. It will certainly be a completely new application. We need to move forward, we can't get a phone or internet in my name or make any plans for freelance work that Ive been offered to do in CH, till I get it, and are shuffling between two houses.
We can't operate independantly, we are a couple, although the Swiss authorities dont consider us as such.
Will opening a sole trader activity (I already have free-lance contacts to work for some language schools in CH) be sufficent to motivate my new application for B permit? This is the question, we need an answer within the next two months.
Sorry its a long explanation but perhaps someone else has a similar story. All my friends here married a Swiss person or had a permanent job contract with a CH company who did the permit, and so don't have this problem, they got a B permit quickly, although they are not EU citizens like I am.