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Old 14.02.2015, 13:33
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L Permit, Jobless, Non-EU

Hallo Everybody, I have a L permit which valid until end of July 2015, but unfortunately My contract has been terminated so I don't have a job since January 2015.

Good news is I found a new job in Zurich, last week..

My status is:

> non-EU, have been working since August 2013(til 31 Dec. 2014)
>jobless for almost 2 months
>permit related to company

My questions:
>do I have to leave because my contract is over even I have a "valid permit"(but it related to my old company)
>How long I could stay?
>am I still in a legal status? (hope so!!!!)
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Old 14.02.2015, 13:39
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Re: L Permit, Jobless, Non-EU

You are legally here till the end of your current permit, but the company has to apply again for a new permit, proving they could not find an EU. An L permit is not automatically transferable between jobs.
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Old 14.02.2015, 13:56
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Re: L Permit, Jobless, Non-EU

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You are legally here till the end of your current permit, but the company has to apply again for a new permit, proving they could not find an EU. An L permit is not automatically transferable between jobs.
Not true.

Your L-permit is tied to your job. If your job has finished, then your permit is no longer valid.
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Re: L Permit, Jobless, Non-EU

My understanding is that if you are on a non-eu L permit and lose your job, if you have worked over 12 months, you may be able to get unemployment insurance.

It may be possible to change employer, but it also may be quite difficult or impossible.

What does the (RAV) undemployment service say? I am pretty sure that changing employers requires permission of the work permit authority. It is very easy for any prospective employer to check with the AWA (work authority) to check your status and double-check what is needed to switch the permit over.

I even know someone who managed to get permission to change employers when they were non-eu L but it was not easy and both the previous and new employers had to write letters of support and prove it was a 'redundancy' problem...
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hey swisspea, thanks for your reply.

I did not ask the RAV yet, but my situation is a "redundancy problem".. thats why I couldn't work until July..

but why it may be impossible? even people find a new job?

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Not true.

Your L-permit is tied to your job. If your job has finished, then your permit is no longer valid.
how can I make my stay legally, do I have the right to apply a new work-permit?

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Old 14.02.2015, 15:17
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Re: L Permit, Jobless, Non-EU

You have the right to stay in Switzerland and look for a job, until the last date on your current permit.

What you do not have is the right to start working, until another company obtains a new permit for you.

Edit: I have legally stayed for a couple of months between jobs without my permit being cancelled, without applying for RAV either, so no job does not automatically mean must leave immediately. If a company cannot get you a new permit by the time your current one ends, and there is no application in the works at that time, then you must leave. In any case, about 1-2 months before the end of the current permit, you will get a letter asking you to show up with documents to justify renewing your permit.
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how can I make my stay legally, do I have the right to apply a new work-permit?
No, you don't. Your new employer will have to go through the non-EU hiring process before they'll be allowed to hire you. They'll have to prove to the Swiss authorities that they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job. As swisspea says it's not easy to switch employers for non-EU L permit holders.

So long as the application is being processed I think you're all right to stay here.
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