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Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

Hi, I am a Canadian looking to get work in Switzerland. How hard is it to get a work visa such as an L permit? Please help. Would I get it for an office job or do I need to be specialized in my career?
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Old 25.06.2015, 13:33
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

Very hard! As you are last in line for any job unless you have an EU or Swiss passport.

Check the forum part on permits
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

Very specialised and very experienced too. The priority criteria is outlined here:

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

Frankly I would think there are plenty of Swiss/EU nationals in customer service who'd come before you in the hiring queue. General office job even more so.
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

Thanks for the information.
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

The question is - why are you here now? Visiting girlfriend, holiday, something else? There may be ways around the job problem, but without more info we can't really advise you properly.
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

I'm currently visiting family in Switzerland. I would really like the opportunity to extend my stay here by working and improving my German language skills. I have a Diploma in Supply Chain & Logistics Management. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

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Forget it then, unless you marry a resident.

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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

Then apply to study German at a language school. That will get you a student permit for as long as your course lasts. You'll need to go back to Canada to apply and also to get a Type D (long term) visa to enter Switzerland again and you apply for the visa at the nearest Swiss embassy to your location. If the student permit is approved then the visa will be issued.

Another possibility would be to take a Masters course here as most are taught in English. It would also, theoretically, put you on the same footing as Swiss/EU nationals for job hunting once you graduate.

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

Neither of these will allow you to extend your current stay here though. You will need to go back to Canada and take things from there.

Something else to consider - what exactly is your Swiss connection and could you claim Swiss citizenship because of it?

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

That would get over the non-EU nationality problem and allow you to apply as a Swiss national for any job you want to.
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Re: Canadian looking to live and work in Switzerland

My Swiss family connection is through a cousin living here. I would not be eligible for the naturalization unfortunately.

I will try the option of applying to learn German at a Swiss school when I get back to Canada.

Thanks for the helpful information!
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