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Change of employment on L permit for non EU

Hello All,

I am sure many of you have read and heard this query before but just hoping to get some pointed answers. I am non EU living with my wife since august 2014.

1. I currently have a L permit in Zurich which is valid till August 2016 (completing 24 months). It has been renewed once or extended in August 2015 .

2. I have now got an offer from another employer . However can I change my job even if the new employer applies it from another canton. What are the risks. Will I get L again and have to wait for 2 years for B or do I have a shortcut chance to get B

3. Will my existing employer be notified ? Also when my L permit gets renewed to B permit- is there any minimum salary that needs to be increased to.

Looking forward to your replies. Also do you know any legal counsel who can provide advice at a fee

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Re: Change of employment on L permit for non EU

Risks:

1) the other canton may see this as a new application so the employer will have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job before they'd be allowed to hire you.

2) yes, there's a possibility that you would get an L again. The new canton may not take into account your time spent in Zurich. There's no guarantee of a B permit after 2 years anyway, some people have been on them for 3/4 years before getting a B permit.

3) Employer notified, not sure, but it's quite likely if you're looking to change jobs before your contract finishes. Iirc they have to give their permission for the change.
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Re: Change of employment on L permit for non EU

Many many thanks .much much appreciated. However one final query.. let's say in spite of the risk my new employer manages to process the permit ....Will I have to surrender my current permit and wait for the new one ...how smooth is the transition ...does anyone have experience ..changing jobs on l permit is allowed only in exceptional circumstances is what I have heard .....my current employer may not want me to go and may object when asked to approve ...that will create a difficult situation for me
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Re: Change of employment on L permit for non EU

As your contract is tied as far as I know you'd stay with your current permit until you start working for your new employer when the new approved permit would be issued.

How easy it is to change I don't know, but given the recent vote to curb immigration from the EU, the authorities may be being more strict on following the rules in geneal than they were before. So it could be more difficult to get permission, it really depends on how good a case your new employer can make.
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Re: Change of employment on L permit for non EU

As far as I know, you will have great difficulty in transferring employment with a Non-EU L permit.

How did you even manage to get a 'random' job offer whilst still tied? To me, that is a sign that the new prospective employer probably has no idea how restricted your permit is - do they realise they would have to go through the process of applying, exactly the same as if you were still living in your home country.

To go from a Non-EU L to a B your current employer has to apply again and go through the same process as they did initially when they got the L permit for you...if they get the hint you are thinking of going elsewhere, they may decide not to do this and send you packing... Your job will be re-advertised anyway as part of the L to B conversion, and if someone local fits their requirements, you may lose out.

The exception to this is if you are on a dependent spouse permit. But I assume not as non-eu spouses generally don't have work permission and can't change cantons to follow their own job search..
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