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I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

Hi!

I have some questions!

I am both Bulgarian and Canadian so I have both passports.

1) Which one would be easier to apply with for a work permit?

2) Can I apply for a work permit while looking for a job? (currently I am working (not an intern) in the UN system (we get other sort of permits).

Any help would be much appreciated. I am just worried that both nationalities make it difficult for me to be able to be considered for a work opportunity .

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 19.08.2015, 23:15
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I am both Bulgarian and Canadian so I have both passports.

1) Which one would be easier to apply with for a work permit?
Bulgarian.... as it is part of the EU!!
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

Yes but there are so many restrictions and apparently it's a nightmare for employers to even apply for a permit :S. Maybe less of a nightmare with the Bulgarian citizenship?

Now there is also the restriction resolution that passed this past year
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Yes but there are so many restrictions and apparently it's a nightmare for employers to even apply for a permit :S. Maybe less of a nightmare with the Bulgarian citizenship?

Now there is also the restriction resolution that passed this past year
Bulgaria is EU-2, and Bulgarians are subject to work permit quotas until May 2016. But you'll still have an easier time than with the Canadian passport as a non-eu. A Bulgarian is higher up the queue for a permit than a Canadian.

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

"Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2)
Until 31 May 2016, the following restrictions remain effective for EU-2 nationals who take up employment in Switzerland: increasing annual quotas, national worker priority, and control of wage and working conditions. When staying in Switzerland without gainful activity (students, pensioners, etc.) and in matters of family reunion, citizens of all EU-27 and EFTA states enjoy the same rights.
Self-employed EU-2 nationals in Switzerland are subject to the same conditions as EU-25/EFTA nationals. Applicants must provide the cantonal authorities with proof of their self-employment in Switzerland (start-up capital, business plan etc.). Self-employed EU-27/EFTA citizens may not take up the self-employed activity until the application has been processed and a residence permit has been issued.
EU-2 nationals providing services are also subject to restrictions in certain branches. Further information can be found here: Registration procedure"
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

Thanks so much for the information Island Monkey!!

So now I am wondering if I can go ahead and apply for the permit while I'm looking for a job in the private sector?
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Thanks so much for the information Island Monkey!!

So now I am wondering if I can go ahead and apply for the permit while I'm looking for a job in the private sector?
Are you already working in Geneva? If you can, I'd hold off until next June, when EU-2 get full freedom of movement rights, then it will be so much easier.
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

Some information from the Swiss Federal State Secretariat for Migration SEM:

Bulgaria and Romania:

"Until 31 May 2016, the following restrictions remain effective for EU-2 nationals who take up employment in Switzerland: increasing annual quotas, national worker priority, and control of wage and working conditions. When staying in Switzerland without gainful activity (students, pensioners, etc.) and in matters of family reunion, citizens of all EU-27 and EFTA states enjoy the same rights.
Self-employed EU-2 nationals in Switzerland are subject to the same conditions as EU-25/EFTA nationals. Applicants must provide the cantonal authorities with proof of their self-employment in Switzerland (start-up capital, business plan etc.). Self-employed EU-27/EFTA citizens may not take up the self-employed activity until the application has been processed and a residence permit has been issued.
EU-2 nationals providing services are also subject to restrictions in certain branches. Further information can be found here: "

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

"Conditions for Nationals of Romania and Bulgaria taking up employment in Switzerland, providing services in Switzerland on self employed basis or companies based in these countries posting workers to Switzerland.
  • Taking up employment of any duration in Switzerland is always subject to a work permit that has to be applied for in advance with the labor market authorities of the canton the employer is situated in. The registration procedure is therefore not applicable.
  • For providing services (self employed persons or posted workers) in the areas of construction, gardening, cleaning and security a work permit always has to be applied for in advance with the labor market authorities of the canton the service shall be provided in and the registration procedure is therefore not applicable.
  • Otherwise the same rules as for the EU-25/EFTA apply"
https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...verfahren.html
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

That's a very good point. I am doing contract work, which is what makes things difficult.
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

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I am both Bulgarian and Canadian so I have both passports.

1) Which one would be easier to apply with for a work permit?
Bulgaria is part of EU-2 (in tandem with Romania)
I remember someone in the same situation, only on a different forum, who said it would have been easier to apply as a Canadian citizen.
Now, you do what you think it's best, but I think it's about the same.
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Re: I'm Bulgarian and Canadian. Which would be easier to apply for work permit?

I saw that post but that was a post from 2007 and things have changed.

But I also get the same impression. Either or would be okay but probably both are a hassle and both leave me in a less desirable spot when it comes to filling out paper work for a permit by an employer. I should probably go ask.

Thanks for your help
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