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Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

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My name is Ielhaam , I'm wondering if any one could assist me on how to relocate to Switzerland , I am from South Africa and recently went to there for 2 months with my daughter . I fell In love with the country. not only that its a perfect place to raise my daughter as I am a single mother. I have work experience and went to university but had one year left to graduate but didn't , how difficult will it be for me to find a job and relocate ?.


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Old 05.01.2015, 11:06
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How difficult will it be for me to find a job and relocate ?.
It will be almost impossible - and this same topic has been discussed ad nauseum on here.

Instead of thinking about what Switzerland can offer you, think about what you can offer Switzerland. If you are non-EU (which you are) you will need to be considerably better at what you do then an EU person.
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

thank you , that is something I should of thought of
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

Welcome to the forum. I'm afraid dodgyken is right though. Unless you have something specialised or highly skilled to offer an employer it is almost impossible for a non-EU national to find a job here. Employers have to get permission to hire a non-EU and they need to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job.

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

I'm really not sure that a logistics and finance background wouldn't have lots of Swiss/EU nationals who could fill any vacancies. So you really need to plan long term, get that degree for example, and try and make yourself as highly skilled/qualified as you can.
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

And as for the OPs belief it is the perfect place for a single mother - well - umm - how can I put this nicely - not bloody likely!!!
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

If you are moving in on your own to Switzerland, make sure you have some good savings in your bank account before coming over.
The cost of living is very high and you do not have any state-provided benefits like free healthcare.
Skilled workers are recruited while they are still in their home country and you have to realise that professional standards are pretty high in Switzerland.


Under no circumstances come at your own risk and without a long-term financial sustainability plan.
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And as for the OPs belief it is the perfect place for a single mother - well - umm - how can I put this nicely - not bloody likely!!!
Agreed! It is one of the most difficult places as a single working parent, unless you find yourself a sugardaddy and do not have to work.
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

Claim asylum
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why is difficult for a single parent?

I don't think I qualify for asylum

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why is difficult for a single parent?
Large parts of the country are socially conservative, and society is still arranged around an assumption that mothers are at home. Primary-school age children will be sent home for lunch as well as having several afternoons free when you will need to find someone to look after them. Childcare costs are very high.
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Welcome to the forum.
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you really need to plan long term, get that degree for example, and try and make yourself as highly skilled/qualified as you can.


This forum contains a great deal of Information and I think that, if you have access to affordable, reliable broadband internet, it's a very good place to start your enquiries. I admit: I was here (in the Forum) for quite a long time before I finally found the "search" function at the top right-hand side of the screen. You could use searchwords like: permit, moving to Switzerland, conditions for residence, immigrant, etc.


Here, for example, is a recent thread started by someone with similar questions to yours:
looking for a job and employer in switzerland



On the Swiss government Website www.ch.ch you can find quite a lot of information in English. Use "Google translate" for any parts which are not already in English.


Yes, you are right that you do not qualify for asylum.

And I'd absolutely agree with Medea Fleecestealer: get that degree! Collect all the supporting documents from the courses that you've already completed, and if you cannot go back to university now, perhaps you try to see how many of your credits UNISA would accept, and what it would involve to complete your degree with them. Be sure to ask them to explain to you exactly you how fast or how slowly you could take the modules, and then work out whether there is a way to get through all the required courses within the time limit. Many correspondence students make the mistake of registering for too many courses at once, given their other responsibilities to work and child-care.

Last edited by 3Wishes; 05.01.2015 at 16:38. Reason: corrected location of search box ;)
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Re: Wanting to relocate to Switzerland

thank you for all the help at least now I have some idea of what I need to do. all the advice has been really helpful
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