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Old 23.06.2015, 20:15
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Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Hi All,

I'm a software consultant who's originally from India and is currently working in Germany. I'm in possession of an EU blue card which is valid for next 3 years and recently I've got a job offer from a Swiss company which works in a similar domain where my area of expertise lies.
They have already filed the papers for my work permit and I'm waiting for the results of my work permit approval process.
As I understand that the number of B work permits is limited for every year I was wondering that's what are the odds of me getting a work permit approved in the light of the below information:
Total experience : 4.5 years
Bachelors degree in computer science
Residency in Germany : almost close to 1 year
Salary bracket : 150K + CHF Bonus additional (assuming that this might also be a criteria for approval)
Area of expertise - Business Consulting
Work contract validity : unlimited
Languages known : English(native), German (full proficiency), French (basic working proficiency), Italian (working proficiency )
Age - 27
Responsible Canton - Geneva

Also I was wondering about the fact that if they approve my work permit do I need to go back to India to get a Swiss entry visa stamped as theoretically I'm already allowed to enter Switzerland by virtue of my EU Blue Card.

I tried searching for other threads but unfortunately wasn't able to find any posts relevant to my current situation.
Any pointers would be really helpful and much appreciated.
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Old 23.06.2015, 21:47
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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

The EU blue card allows you to visit Switzerland, but is irrelevant for getting permission to work here.

Since you are resident in Germany, if your permit is granted, you can get the Swiss visa that allows to enter and start working stamped in Germany itself.

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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Most likely you will get an L permit to start with, that seems to be what most non-EU nationals begin with. You'll have it for 2 years before there's a chance of getting a B permit. Still, you may be lucky and get a B permit straight off.

And as Kosti says you'll need to apply for a Type D visa to enter Switzerland.

I am a citizen of a non-EU/EFTA state in possession of an unlimited residence permit valid for an EU/EFTA state. Do I need visa to work in Switzerland?

Whether or not you possess a residence permit valid for an EU/EFTA state does not affect your status in Switzerland. You are subject to the same provisions on entry and work as people who enter Switzerland from a third state. As a rule, you will need to apply for an entry visa, which will be issued by the Swiss diplomatic representation abroad as soon as you have been granted a work permit.

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

As you're resident in Germany you should apply there, rather than back in India.
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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Hi Kosti/Medea fleecestealer,

Thanks a lot to you both for your kind and prompt response.
I understand that my EU Blue card has no value in Switzerland and the standard process needs to be followed in order to get first the work permit and subsequently the residence permit.
However my query was more around the following two facts:
1). Depending on the given information what in your opinion are the likelihoods of the work permit being granted (I actually don't care about the type being L or B as long as it allows me to work legally in Switzerland)
2). Since I am already allowed to enter Switzerland do I still need an entry Visa. Is it a mandate or a general practice just because that the applicant is outside of EU and needs an entry visa ?

Thanks once again for your time !
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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Your chances to get an L are okish, to get a B from day one, quite low.

When you come here to start working you do need a type D visa stamped in Germany, since you are non-EU. Once your work permit is approved, the visa stamping is quite quick. Your employer should tell you when to apply in the Swiss consulate in Germany.

Currently your blue card only allows you to visit for tourism or business purposes, not to come here to start working. The type D indicates your permit has been granted, and you can start to live and work here, its not only an entry visa.
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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Thanks Kosti for your reply !
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Re: Chances of getting a B work permit for an Indian national living in Germany

Hi All,

Guess what I just received a confirmation of my B work permit approval, so all in all it took 6 weeks and I should be on my way to Switzerland by mid of august.
Thanks once again to Kosti and Medea for their replies !
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