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Master student (EU citizen) moving to Schweiz: questions

Hi everybody!

As a newcomer of Switzerland, I would like to submit to this community a few questions regarding regulations and obbligations that applies to EU citizens.

1) I've recently been admitted to the Zurich Polytechnic. They sent me among others a paper with this header: "Commitment to leave Switzerland upon completion of studies". Doesn't this contrasts with the provisions contained in the Neirynk initiative?

2) Can I ask for an exemption from the Swiss health insurance, provided that I hold a European Health Insurance card?

3)Evidence of sufficient financial means. How strict is this provision? Do I have to merely prove to possess this sum at the beginning of the academic year or do I have to mantain this sum unchanged on my personal account as a form of guarantee? Can I replace this guarantee with a document attesting that my parents will cover all the expenses, in the region of 21000 francs per year?

4)Finally, a more theoretical question. In your opinion, how will the the swiss referendum of 2014, that introduced the quotas system, affect the job market for EU citizens graduated in loco?

Thanks in advance for the answers.
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Old 30.07.2015, 13:53
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2) Can I ask for an exemption from the Swiss health insurance, provided that I hold a European Health Insurance card?
No. The EHIC only allows you treatment at the same price as "locals". If they get it for free (as in the UK) so do you. As there is no free health care in Switzerland, you would still get a bill as the Swiss would. You need health insurance.
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No. The EHIC only allows you treatment at the same price as "locals". If they get it for free (as in the UK) so do you. As there is no free health care in Switzerland, you would still get a bill as the Swiss would. You need health insurance.
Thanks for the clarification. I came across a document issued by the ETH in which was stated that international student could apply for a Swisscare package. As Swisscare does not operate under the KVG law, it requires an exemption from the Swiss health insurance obligation as defined by the KVG law. I was misled by the terminolgy used. Actually, it is not a total exemption, but rather a exemption from the normal KVG insurance plans.
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Hi everybody!

As a newcomer of Switzerland, I would like to submit to this community a few questions regarding regulations and obbligations that applies to EU citizens.

1) I've recently been admitted to the Zurich Polytechnic. They sent me among others a paper with this header: "Commitment to leave Switzerland upon completion of studies". Doesn't this contrasts with the provisions contained in the Neirynk initiative?

2) Can I ask for an exemption from the Swiss health insurance, provided that I hold a European Health Insurance card?

3)Evidence of sufficient financial means. How strict is this provision? Do I have to merely prove to possess this sum at the beginning of the academic year or do I have to mantain this sum unchanged on my personal account as a form of guarantee? Can I replace this guarantee with a document attesting that my parents will cover all the expenses, in the region of 21000 francs per year?

4)Finally, a more theoretical question. In your opinion, how will the the swiss referendum of 2014, that introduced the quotas system, affect the job market for EU citizens graduated in loco?

Thanks in advance for the answers.
1. Yes, but it doesn't stop them asking for it anyway. And doesn't really apply to EU citizens anyway, does it? As an EU national you're free to seek work after you graduate without any restrictions at present.

2. Read this:

https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz...guidelines.pdf

3. You need a bank statement to show you can support yourself while you're here. If money remains untouched in your account you're not going to be able to support yourself are you? A letter from your parents will certainly help. If you can't produce a bank statement or letter from your parents, then you're not going to have proof that you can support yourself and likely won't be granted a permit to study.

4. The way that the Swiss deal with the referendum vote to curb immigration from the EU hasn't been formulated yet.
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1. Yes, but it doesn't stop them asking for it anyway. And doesn't really apply to EU citizens anyway, does it? As an EU national you're free to seek work after you graduate without any restrictions at present.

2. Read this:

https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz...guidelines.pdf

3. You need a bank statement to show you can support yourself while you're here. If money remains untouched in your account you're not going to be able to support yourself are you? A letter from your parents will certainly help. If you can't produce a bank statement or letter from your parents, then you're not going to have proof that you can support yourself and likely won't be granted a permit to study.

4. The way that the Swiss deal with the referendum vote to curb immigration from the EU hasn't been formulated yet.
Merci vielmal!

1) ok, so basically it's not a binding clause for EU students. I may well refuse to subscribe that document.

2) thanks a lot, I stumbled across that pdf a few minutes before your reply...

À Propos of the 3rd point, I would like to know whether a "supporting letter", or more precisely a letter of patronage from my parents could entirely supplant the bank statement. In other words, can I submit a written declaration signed by a solvent individual prepared to cover my expenses to the full?
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It's my understanding that a bank statement with an approved bank is preferred. But check with the uni if a letter would be an acceptable substitute.
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Re: Master student (EU citizen) moving to Schweiz: questions

This from ETHZ's website:

evidence of sufficient financial resources (not required if you entered Switzerland with a student visa). As financial evidence, the Migration Office accepts your own bank statement or (if you are an EU/EFTA citizen) a letter from your parents confirming that they will support you with CHF 1750 per month.

https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/inter...ce-permit.html
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This from ETHZ's website:

evidence of sufficient financial resources (not required if you entered Switzerland with a student visa). As financial evidence, the Migration Office accepts your own bank statement or (if you are an EU/EFTA citizen) a letter from your parents confirming that they will support you with CHF 1750 per month.

https://www.ethz.ch/en/studies/inter...ce-permit.html
Medea, thanks for your attention and your time. This is a valuable piece of information and a good new for me.
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