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Old 24.09.2015, 15:34
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giving notice of departure while overseas

I'm going to be working on the job from overseas for two months...which I understand is allowed on a permit B. But I will be in North America when my contract actually ends (and the money stops coming in). I've arranged to give up my apartment while I'm overseas and won't be moving back to Switzerland. I'm wondering how I can give my official notice of departure? Can I simply mail the permit B back to Control des Habitants or turn it in at the consulate in Canada. Or do I have to return in person? I have plans to return in March for a short visit anyway and my permit will still be valid but this is several months after my work contract ends and for insurance etc. it would be better to give up residency before then if I can and return as a "tourist".

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Re: giving notice of departure while overseas

Officially you have to arrive and leave by the town hall, in person, face to face, in the flesh. Why couldn't you de-register when you left here? Maybe the consulate will be able to help you, try calling them? Otherwise you will be made to pay for health insurance and income tax.
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Re: giving notice of departure while overseas

I am currently still in the country. The situation is that I have a two month period where I will be overseas but on the job. Then my contract expires. I'm trying to understand whether, after the two months when my contract expires, I need to physically return to Switzerland. Other than handing in my residency permit, I will have no other reason to be here. For most other contracts (bank etc.) it seems possible to shut things down by mail/email.

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Old 26.09.2015, 11:58
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Re: giving notice of departure while overseas

Do you need to be registered in Switzerland for the two months you are working abroad, especially if you are not coming back?

I would suggest you de-register soon, tell the Commune you are leaving at the end of September, and simply cancel the telephones, apartment, insurances etc as and when you don't need them.

The office in Neuchâtel will give you a certificate which proves you are leaving, and you can photo copy this and post it with the resignation letters.

Not many companies will accept e-mail as a resignation, you need to write a letter, they insist on seeing your signature on some paper....!
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Re: giving notice of departure while overseas

Go and explain the situation.

They will either sign you out from the date you actually leave the country... or as you will still be being paid, from the date your employment ends.

Then you will have the de-egistration paper to be able to cancel all your services etc.
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Re: giving notice of departure while overseas

But it's not possible to work, have a bank account etc. without being a resident no? I don't think the solution is to give up my residency before the job ends...
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Old 26.09.2015, 16:32
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I am currently still in the country. The situation is that I have a two month period where I will be overseas but on the job. Then my contract expires. I'm trying to understand whether, after the two months when my contract expires, I need to physically return to Switzerland. Other than handing in my residency permit, I will have no other reason to be here. For most other contracts (bank etc.) it seems possible to shut things down by mail/email.
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But it's not possible to work, have a bank account etc. without being a resident no? I don't think the solution is to give up my residency before the job ends...
Maybe you can go to the Commune on Monday and ask them what you can do.
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But it's not possible to work, have a bank account etc. without being a resident no? I don't think the solution is to give up my residency before the job ends...
You really need to go and ask them. You're not really resident if you're working overseas and I think you can work remotely.
You'll need the 'attestation de depart' to be able to cancel your health insurance, phone etc and you need to be here to do that in person so unless you do it before you leave you'll have to come back to do it.
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