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Re: work permit in CH for American citizens

Here are some thoughts on citizenship work-arounds for Americans wishing to work in Switzerland:

1) EU citizenship: Have you reviewed whether she is eligible for EU citizenship through her heritage? For example, if she has Irish, Italian, Polish or Slovenian heritage, she might be eligible for citizenship in one of those countries. If her ancestors were forced to leave Germany during the period 1933 to 1945, she could also be eligible for German citizenship (without giving up US citizenship). This is not a complete list.

She should look at where her ancestors came from and then determine if she is eligible for another citizenship which would allow her to work in Switzerland. Search on "Citizenship by descent", etc.

2) Canadian citizenship: If she also has Canadian citizenship, or is eligible for it, she might qualify for a one-year Working Holiday Visa to Switzerland.

3) Other remote possibilities:
Outside of employment in Canada and Mexico under NAFTA, US citizens have few options to work abroad, as best as I can determine. In Europe, highly qualified Americans can work in Austria under the Red-White-Red program and also self-employed Americans can work in the Netherlands under DAFT. There may be other programs that I am unaware of although nothing specifically for Switzerland.
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I wonder if this question already exists on the forum.
Many already know the rules for employment for non-EU citizens. I wonder if a US citizen wants to work in Switzerland, the following offical "rule" strictly applies? and if so, how strict they are about this rule below? The reason I am asking is that it does not make sense to me, because there is ALWAYS a Swiss or EU citizen available somewhere who can do the same job as, say, the American, or non-EU person..... or am I not getting something? does anyone have experience or know more? (I personally happen to speak German & French fluently, so I could qualify for many jobs, it is it a matter of knowing the languages)


Third state nationals may only be admitted if a person can not be recruited from the labour market of Switzerland or another EU/EFTA member state. Swiss citizens, foreign nationals with a longterm residence permit or a residence permit allowing employment, as well as all citizens from those countries with which Switzerland has concluded the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (at present, the EU and EFTA states) are given priority. Employers must prove that they have not been able to recruit a suitable employee from this priority category, despite intensive efforts.
I don't think it's whether or not there EXISTS a Swiss/EU person who can do the said job, but rather whether such person APPLIES to the position you are applying to. Of course, there'll almost always exist a Swiss/EU person, but they may not be looking for jobs or may not apply to the said job. In which case, the company can then demonstrate that they are unable to fill the said position with a Swiss/EU person.
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Re: work permit in CH for American citizens

Realistically, I would target a Swiss/American multinational. Work in the US for a year, make a reputation for yourself and internally transfer - this is far far easier then "cold" searching. I did this twice in the same company. Truly global corps. have it in their best interest to move staff around regions/countries. Credit Suisse, UBS, Nestle, Novartis etc... all present great opportunities.
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Re: work permit in CH for American citizens

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Hi there,

I wonder if this question already exists on the forum.
Many already know the rules for employment for non-EU citizens. I wonder if a US citizen wants to work in Switzerland, the following offical "rule" strictly applies? and if so, how strict they are about this rule below? The reason I am asking is that it does not make sense to me, because there is ALWAYS a Swiss or EU citizen available somewhere who can do the same job as, say, the American, or non-EU person..... or am I not getting something? does anyone have experience or know more? (I personally happen to speak German & French fluently, so I could qualify for many jobs, it is it a matter of knowing the languages)


Third state nationals may only be admitted if a person can not be recruited from the labour market of Switzerland or another EU/EFTA member
state. Swiss citizens, foreign nationals with a longterm residence permit or a residence permit allowing employment, as well as all citizens from those countries with which Switzerland has concluded the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (at present, the EU and EFTA states) are given priority. Employers must prove that they have not been able to recruit a suitable employee from this priority category, despite intensive efforts.
Yes, of course that it applies to Americans ? Is America a non-EU country ? If yes, then it applies !
Just as I undergo a 20 minute interview everytime before my flight to the US and a 10 minute one at the boarding control (after waiting a 1.5 hour queue) , there are rules that apply for Americans abroad.
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3) Other remote possibilities:
Outside of employment in Canada and Mexico under NAFTA, US citizens have few options to work abroad, as best as I can determine. In Europe, highly qualified Americans can work in Austria under the Red-White-Red program and also self-employed Americans can work in the Netherlands under DAFT. There may be other programs that I am unaware of although nothing specifically for Switzerland.
Another remote option: Denmark had something but I don't know if the program is still in place.
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