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Family reunification with EU-spouse for non-EU wife: work permit?

Hi everyone, I have gone through the forum a bit but have not found exactly what I am looking for, sorry if this is a repost.

I am a non-EU (Turkish) citizen who has just moved to Zurich, for family reunification reasons to an EU (Dutch) spouse. He works as a postdoc in University of Zurich and has 3-year funding but his contract started off as a 1-year contract.

My understanding so far was that I will get the same rights as my husband, that he gets a B permit and so do I, with the right to work. Today when I registered in the Kreisbureau the lady told me that he might end up with an L permit - in which case I would get the same and would have to go through the hoops to find a company that will sponsor me to work. Does anybody have an idea about how this works? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Family reunification with EU-spouse for non-EU wife: work permit?

Exactly what she said. If he gets a B permit then you will get a B, if he gets an L then you will get an L. It depends on his contract unfortunately which may be too short to qualify him for a B permit. However, that shouldn't as far as I know cause a problem for you getting work.

It's outlined here:

Are family members allowed to work in Switzerland?

Spouses and children of EU-EFTA nationals who are admitted to Switzerland under family reunification are legally entitled to work regardless of their nationality. However, they have to inform the appropriate cantonal migration authorities before doing so. Spouses and children of EU2 nationals who have a short-term (L) permit are subject to systematic controls by the cantonal migration authorities to ensure wage and working conditions are correspond to the particular region and sector.
Cantonal migration authorities
Fact Sheet on Family Reunification

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...-efta/faq.html

Since your husband is Dutch, the fact he may have an L permit shouldn't affect it. Note that initially your permit will only be for residence, but you just need to take your employment contract to the cantonal migration office to add the work part to it.
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Re: Family reunification with EU-spouse for non-EU wife: work permit?

That clears it up, thank you very much!
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