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work permit for EU citizen

Dear EF members,

I would like to ask you all, maybe somebody can give me advice. I am a EU25 national, currently looking for job in Switzerland, already living in Zurich… but not registered as a resident and without any work permit. I already had some job interviews, everything was going ok till the point they ask my current status here which is “tourist” (I have read that in order to get the work permit for me I need to find a job and get a working contract and then apply for work and residence permit which is issued in 2-3 weeks) after saying that I don’t have yet the permit nor the residence I could feel they have doubts and they were thinking probably it will take some time and they will have to put up with some bureaucratic work which is not true because they don’t have to do anything (if I have the correct information).
So my question is:

A, is it better that I register already for residence and apply for the L permit and continue to look for job. In this case I know there are some obligations that I have to meet.

B, stay the way I am now and just continue writing on CV EU25 national… (this option is more convenient for me as I don’t want to over budgeted myself with health insurance and all payments connected to the “living in Switzerland” for now.

Any advices or help appreciated ,
Thanks,
Peter
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Old 11.11.2015, 13:57
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Re: work permit for EU citizen

If the employer doesn't know what is involved for EU citizens, they might be less likely to employ you. Fact is that you are currently not allowed to work in Switzerland.

In my personal opinion I would try to find an employer, who is aware of the general procedure and knows that obtaining your permit is only easily possible with a work contract.
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Re: work permit for EU citizen

Whether you have a permit or not shouldn't matter. As an EU national all you need to get a permit is an employment contract and employers should know this. The problem could be that you also aren't yet registered as being a resident as you're not allowed to work here until you do so. If they have other candidates who already have a permit and same/similar skills/experience they may prefer to hire them.

Still, if you've been here since July, you're over your tourist time and should register as being a resident here - with all it's attendent costs. If you haven't got the money to support yourself, then you're unlikely to get a residence permit anyway. Bear in mind that although you may have moved here to be with your boyfriend, the Swiss will see you as an individual and not part of a couple so the onus is on you to show you have the funds to support yourself and not rely on him.
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Re: work permit for EU citizen

Thank you for reply,

three more questions maybe you can answer, as I will register for the residence here (I am still going home back and forth so I won't exceed the set period) without working contract and as you said I will have to show that I have enough funds to support me, do you know exactly how much is it per month?(probably statement from my bank In Slovakia will do it, or it needs to be a swiss bank?) and in order to apply for residence do I have to register first in the competent amt and then will my boyfriend add me as a person living in the same place through our landlord or backwards ?

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Re: work permit for EU citizen

The general figure to work to is CHF100 per day so around 3,000 a month, 9,000 for 3 months for an L permit. Your Slovakian bank statement will do, it's unlikely you'd be able to open account here without having a permit. You might be able to get away with a little less than that as you're going to be living with your boyfriend. Have a word with the gemeinde admin office and ask them what figure they'd be looking for.

I'd get added to the rental contract first as they usually ask for an address, assuming the landlord is happy for you to stay there permanently. Remember you have 3 months to arrange your health insurance so it doesn't have to be done straight away, but you do risk having to pay for any medical bills yourself and then claiming it back later if you leave it too long to arrange. And of course, if you don't do it the gemeinde will put you on their default insurance after 3 months which may be more expensive than one you arrange yourself.
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Thanks one more time for the answer, also to the others,

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