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Employing an EU national - how many hours in the contact to get a permit question

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I want to employ an EU citizen to work for my small business - and they would be moving to CH for that job but can only offer them a contract of 3 hours a week. Is this enough hours to apply for a permit on their behalf? I am only living 5 years in CH myself (C permit) so the whole world of permits and becoming an employer are new to me. In terms of that person being able to support themselves financially on the 3 hours - obviously not! But would they then be able to seek other part time work to supplement that wage?
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Re: Employing an EU national - how many hours in the contact to get a permit question

a) being EU you do not need to apply for a permit for them. All that's needed is for them to have an employment contract.

b) however 3 hours a week will certainly not be enough for them to get a permit. Minimum would be 50% of the working week - 7 hours a day iirc so 17.5 hours a week. Unless you're paying exceptional wages for those 3 hours of course.

Check with your migration office on the minimum hours/salary they would accept. And yes the employee can seek other work providing you're happy for them to do so. But they won't get a permit with just an employment contract from you - the hours aren't enough I'm afraid.

If they're willing to risk it they can move here and ask for a job seeker's permit for the initial 3 months. Depending on how quickly you need them that would give them some time to line up other work on top of yours to make up the necessary hours/salary the migration office will expect. However, their chances will depend on what skills/experience they have to offer, whether they speak a Swiss language, etc. They may find it easy to get additional work or they may not. They and you need to think carefully about this before they make the move.

Have a look at these websites which will give you a bit more info on permits, etc.

www.ch.ch

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/themen/arbeit.html
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Re: Employing an EU national - how many hours in the contact to get a permit question

The link supplied by Medea Fleecestealer is excellent.


Here is a list of the various types of permits
https://www.ch.ch/en/renewal-overvie...idence-permit/

and some explanation:
http://www.expatica.com/ch/visas-and...ts_107631.html.


Depending on which EU nationality the person has, he or she may qualify to be a "Grenzgänger" (German) or "Frontaliers étrangers" (French). Such persons do not live in Switzerland at all, but have their domicile in their country of origin, and merely travel into Switzerland, sometimes only occasionally, to work. Put another way, they must return to their home in their home country at least once a week.

For this, they have a "G" Permit. As far as I know, in the past, it used to be available only to people who lived within a small number of kilometres from the Swiss border, but as I understand it has been extended to the whole country of at least Germany and France, and probably Italy and Austria. With such a permit, someone can live in Stuttgart and travel to Zurich to work for one or two days each week.
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Re: Employing an EU national - how many hours in the contact to get a permit question

An employment contract for only 3 hours a week will not get them a permit doropfiz, not even a G permit. But yes, if the hours are enough then that might be a possibility as for EU nationals they can live anywhere in the EU/EFTA area. So even someone who lives in the UK could get a G permit, the main criteria is that they return to their main residence abroad at least once a week.

"Cross-border commuters from EU/EFTA member states are granted professional and geographical mobility within all of Switzerland’s border zones. No such border zone regulations exist for citizens of EU-25 and EFTA member states. These persons may live anywhere in the EU/EFTA region and work anywhere in Switzerland provided they return to their place of residence abroad once a week. The border zone regulations remain in force for citizens of EU-2 member states (Bulgaria and Romania)."

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