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Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Hello everybody! I have a few questions regarding permits that I would very much appreciate some help with.


I have recently got a job in Yverdon-Les-Bains :-) and my start date is the beginning of June. From the research that I have already done I think I need to apply for a residence permit and then a B work permit. I am currently living in France and was hoping to get the process started before finding a place to live in the area (perhaps Lausanne), but not sure that that is allowed. I think I will need to go to the townhall in the commune of residence to start my application, but again I assume that I'd already need an address of residence in said commune?


Will I be allowed to start work if my application for residence and work permits have not come through yet, if I have at least started the process? Should I get a temporary permit in the mean time?


If anyone could give a bit of advice on how, when and which order to tackle this obstacle, I would be very grateful!
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Yes, as an EU citizen you can start working directly after you have registered with your Gemeinde / Municipalité.

Note that you need an address in Switzerland before you can register. Start looking for a place early as this may be very though in some areas. It is very hard to get a place in e.g. Lausanne.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Understand that the one permit covers both residence and work, it's just that some permits do not include the work part, i.e. retirees, so you don't have to apply twice. If you have a signed employment contract, then once you find a place to live (and this may need to be an hotel for a few days/weeks) then go along to the commune admin office where the hotel is based and that'll start the registration process off. When you find a permanent place then you'll need to possibly deregister if your new place comes under a different commune and re-register at the new one. This'll cost of course. You might be lucky to find a place to rent before you start work in which case you'd go straight to that commune admin office and register there. Whichever way you manage it, you cannot start work until you have registered as being resident here.

I suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the internet.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Thank you both for your swift replies! I have started looking for a place to live and hope to find something quickly so I can get the rest into place.


Is process to register as a residence a long one? I've read case where people have had to wait months for a permit to come through but I hope that this is not the case with a residence permit. If so, I will miss the start date and risk loosing the job all together!


Thanks for the book recomendation Medea Fleecestealer, looks like an enjoyable read as well as having the facts.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

If you rent a place but have to stay in a hotel first, you can probably register using the rental address as long as you have a signed rental contract. I say probably because I've no idea if this is a rule or just them applying common sense.

This saves you having to change your address (with fees!) later.

I did this, even though I was staying for a few weeks in a different gemeinde and kanton.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Take your employment contract, rental contract if you have one by then, passport and some passport photos with you. You'll need to fill in a form, but it will take a few weeks for the permit itself to be issued. I believe you can ask for a temporary document saying you've applied and this can be used when renting a property if you haven't arranged one yet, opening a bank account, etc.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

I very much appricaite your help, but unfortunately this is still not clear to me...


Everywhere I read says that I will have to have a B work permit. Am i to understand that this is part of the residence permit? Does the company that i will work for have to supply anything or is it up to me with my signed work contract?


I will certainly follow everybodies advice and go to the commune office once i've found a place to live. However I am concerned that if I sign a contract last minute, that I the commune office wont have time to process my application before my start date.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Because you're EU, your residence permit is your work permit. You'll apply for it as described above once you arrive here. If you have a long-term contract you may get a B-permit but it's not guaranteed. If you don't get a B, you will get an L.

There seems to be disagreement among our members these days as to whether you need to apply for the permit before you start work, or if you can just start work. You might want to contact the cantonal migration authorities directly to be sure.
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

I believe the L permit limits you to a certain employer and canton while for a B permit you can move and work "freely" in CH (not really sure though) - As an EU citizen you should get a B permit... get your job offer and run to your "Einwohneramt" in the village you want to live... they will certainly support and help you
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Re: Permits, EU member moving to Swizerland

Thanks again for the replies!






I have been informed by authorities that I can definitely start working whilst my permit application is being processed, so at least that is a weight off my mind! Just a note for anyone in a similar situation; the application office in my village is open a total of 5.5 hours a week, so make sure you look up hours before, if you are coming far. You also have to bring a form signed from your employer, so try and sort that out before to save making two trips.
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