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Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

Hi guys

I'm relocating with my girlfriend from Hong Kong to Switzerland. I have no problem and I have already got a job (I'm from Tessin). I will move to ZH next month.

My girlfriend is currently working for a swiss bank in Hong Kong but I doubt she will manage to be transferred to ZH through her employer. Therefore the plan for her is to quit and find a similar job in ZH.

Now my question: how tough will it be for her to find a job in ZH ? Is there o lot of demand for chinese banking staff in private banking sector here in ZH ? Am i being too optimistic in thinking she may make it ? We are not married.

Thanks for any tips.
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

Yes, you're being too optimistic. As a non-EU citizen she's last in the jobs queue behind the Swiss and EU nationals, plus the financial section has been shrinking the last few years.

However, your main problem is that an employer must apply for a permit for her, she can't do it herself and she certainly can't turn up and just start living here with you. The only other possibility would be for you to apply for a concubine permit for her and you would have to agree to financially support her for 5 years. Whether she could work with that permit I don't know.

The criteria for hiring of non-EU nationals is here:

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

It's not impossible, but if she can't get an internal transfer via her Swiss bank I doubt she'll have much luck with other banks.

Even if she's lucky enough to find a job she may need to return to Hong Kong as she should have a Type D visa to allow her to enter Switzerland long term, i.e. for more than 90 days, legally. This should be applied for in her home country and so she would have to return to HK to apply and wait for the visa to be issued if a permit is approved for her whether by a job approval or your application for a concubine.
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

If she is a citizen of a non-EU country (Hong Kong), she does not have the right to a B or C residence permit even if she is co-habiting with a Swiss citizen according to this:

"Cohabiting and same-sex couples
If you are a non-EU citizen wishing to cohabitate with a Swiss national in an unmarried relationship, you have no claim to a B or C permit."

http://www.binational.ch/en/?Residen...me-sex_couples
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If she is a citizen of a non-EU country (Hong Kong), she does not have the right to a B or C residence permit even if she is co-habiting with a Swiss citizen according to this:

"Cohabiting and same-sex couples
If you are a non-EU citizen wishing to cohabitate with a Swiss national in an unmarried relationship, you have no claim to a B or C permit."

http://www.binational.ch/en/?Residen...me-sex_couples
Basically superpippo, the Swiss don't really recognise hetrosexual couples outside of marriage - which is why they came up with the concubine permit. So if you don't apply for this type of permit for her, the only way she can live here with you is to get a permit via a pre-approved job offer.

I don't know how long you've been together, but the Swiss authorities will be looking for a long term, committed relationship (ideally leading to marriage) and not something that's only been in existence for a few months. They'll want proof of co-habitation via things like rental contracts in HK, possibly joint bank accounts and also things like holidays you've taken together (flight tickets, photos, etc).
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

Hi Medea.

thanks for your replies. Very helpful indeed.
Do you have an idea where I should start to ask for such a permit ? The thing is, I will be moving to ZH in the next few months, but at the moment I'm still in Tessin. We have been a couple for nearly six years. I left Hong Kong only a few months ago.

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Hi Medea.

thanks for your replies. Very helpful indeed.
Do you have an idea where I should start to ask for such a permit ? The thing is, I will be moving to ZH in the next few months, but at the moment I'm still in Tessin. We have been a couple for nearly six years. I left Hong Kong only a few months ago.

Thanks again.
I think you'd need to apply in Zurich as that's where you'll be living. The cantonal migration office there would be the place to start.

Here's Vaud canton's info on the subject which may give you an idea of what you'd need to do/provide in the way of documents.

http://www.vd.ch/themes/vie-privee/p...s-du-concubin/
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

Thanks for your help, much appreciated!
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

Canton Aargau has a process for a non-EU co-habiting person without mutual children to apply for a co-habitation residence permit. It is called: Aufenthaltsbewilligung für Konkubinatspartner ohne gemeinsame Kinder beantragen:

https://www.ag.ch/de/dvi/migration_i...=172044#172044

As Medea Fleecesteeler notes above, the authorities are looking for evidence that the relationship is long-term and firm supported by a partnership contract, a jointly held rental agreement, documented confirmation of legal residence, jointly held insurance contracts, vacations taken together, photos, etc.
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Get married?
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Re: Hong Kong citizen working in ZH

I am from Hong Kong working in ZH now. PM me if your girlfriend needs help.=)
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