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Waiting for work permit

I was hired by a Swiss company in September, and they hired a lawyer to deal with the immigration paperwork. I was told that it should only take 4-8 weeks to process, but I still haven't gotten the visa. Apparently, it's passed the Dept. of Economy, but now has to go through the immigration dept. I'm starting to wonder if this is ever going to happen - or if there is something wrong with my application. Is anyone else seeing this kind of processing time?
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Re: Waiting for work permit

Are you still in Minneapolis or already in Switzerland, working? If in Switzerland, in which Canton?
What citizenship(s) do you hold?

To understand the rules of applications for permits (which your lawyer should, of course be doing properly) you could read the Swiss government webiste www.ch.ch, large parts of which are in English. Or choose another language, with Google translate or similar.

On this Forum, there are many, many threads about permits, so you could use the search function (top right-hand corner of screen, just below the ad... it took me, and some others, quite a while to find it) to seek them out, and perhaps at least aspects of your question will have been answered.

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Re: Waiting for work permit

I am still in Minneapolis, and am a U.S. citizen. Although, I lived in Zurich between the ages of 15 and 19. I've read through the Swiss govt stuff, and nothing really stands out to me. The company that hired me has been trying to fill the position since May, and have not had any luck in CH or in the EU.
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Are you still in Minneapolis or already in Switzerland, working? If in Switzerland, in which Canton?
What citizenship(s) do you hold?
If he was here and working, he'd be doing so ILLEGALLY! As a non-EU he can't work until the permit's been approved and he has it in his hands.

The procedure is laid out here:

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

If the canton has approved it, then it's waiting on the FOM in Bern to make their decision so that doesn't suggest there's anything wrong with the application.

I'd say 4-8 weeks is a bit short really, 3 months is more the norm and of course we've had the Christmas/New Year break as well. But I would get the lawyer to query the FOM and see what the status is on it. Sometimes things fall through the cracks so it's worth checking. And I hope you've applied for your Type D visa at the nearest Swiss embassy/consulate so you can enter Switzerland once the permit gets approved.

I'd also advise you to check your US filing obligations once you leave the States because you'll still have to do returns every year. Search the IRS website for Americans Abroad to get started. And be aware that it's very difficult for Americans to get a bank account here nowadays because of the US's FATCA law which requires banks to pass account info on to the IRS so you'll need to sign a W-9 form for any accounts that you open in Switzerland.
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