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Spouse finding work on an L permit?

Hi friends,

I am a US citizen in the final stages of a job interview for a post in Zurich that begins in August. If it goes through I would be employed on an L permit under a 2-year contract. My spouse, also a US citizen, would like to follow me to Zurich, and my *potential* new employer has offered to do his paperwork if he and I arrive together in August (I presume also on an L permit).

My spouse is currently living and studying in Sweden (almost done a Master's thesis) and is wondering whether he should stay there to look for work. It's getting complicated.

My questions:

-- if he came to Zurich with me, how likely is it that he could find work on an L permit? His Master's is in global health.

-- if he followed me to Zurich on his own (in January after an internship in Sweden), he would have to do his own paperwork for an L permit. Does anyone know about that process?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 25.04.2015, 15:14
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Re: Spouse finding work on an L permit?

If he is your spouse, i.e. married or in a registered same sex partnership, then it would be easier for your new employer to do the paperwork for you both. He would then have a dependent's L permit and could look for work. There are certain conditions any employer would need to meet however:

Point 4.4.1 of the Foreign Nationals Act says
The employer must ask for authorization
The salary and work conditions should be "correct"
Also, the members of the family must have professional qualifications

Whether that means an employer would also have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job is under debate here on the forum.

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It has been done fairly often so I don't think it is that much of a problem. The main one I can see is exactly what do you mean by "global health"? If he's looking to work for pharmaceutical companies for example then that could be possible, but if it's more "mundane" and we're talking about working in a hospital then he'd need a good level of fluency in a Swiss language; for Zurich that would be German.

He would not be able to apply for a permit himself, non-EU nationals can only be hired once any job offer has been approved by the Swiss authorities as outlined here:

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

The only ways he can get a permit is either as your dependent or via an approved job offer of his own.
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If he is your spouse, i.e. married or in a registered same sex partnership, then it would be easier for your new employer to do the paperwork for you both. He would then have a dependent's L permit and could look for work. There are certain conditions any employer would need to meet however:

Point 4.4.1 of the Foreign Nationals Act says
The employer must ask for authorization
The salary and work conditions should be "correct"
Also, the members of the family must have professional qualifications

Whether that means an employer would also have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job is under debate here on the forum.

Dependent Work Permit - Non EU

The only ways he can get a permit is either as your dependent or via an approved job offer of his own.
Thanks Medea! You and I appear to agree: I have yet to see any reason to believe he would be able to work immediately on his L permit. Although he might have good prospects, he would still need to be sponsored by an employer applying on his behalf using the quota system (if anyone has conclusive proof otherwise do let me know!).

His Master's in global health is linked more to the analytical/research end, so things like pharmaceutical consulting, health economics, NGO work, etc. He doesn't have any contacts in Zürich, but the industry presence is certainly there.
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Re: Spouse finding work on an L permit?

He wouldn't fall under the quota limits as his permit would not be an independent one. Currently dependents' permits are exempt from the quota, although when the new law regarding immigration comes into force they will be part of the quota figures. However, that's still some time into the future.

He will be able to look for work immediately and providing the conditions are met an employer could hire him quite quickly.
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