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Question about permits

Hi,
i'm planning to move to switzerland (ticino) with my girlfriend, the situation is as follows:

- i'm an italian citizen and i'm getting hired by a swiss company so i'm getting a B permit
- my girlfriend is from a non-eu country, she doesn't have an italian citizenship, she works for her country's government (local embassy) since 2010, she has an italian permit of stay and could easily get any other document (but unfortunately is 3 years away from getting citizenship)

Does she have the right to get in switzerland and live there with me?
Also, being a highly qualified person (university degree + masters), how effectively hard could it be to get a job?
I've read a few articles and regulations and it seems that for non-eu countries the hiring process becomes quite difficult because of the limitations.
What happens also if she becomes my wife? Will she acquire immediately my same exact rights so the hiring process could be easier?

I hope this makes sense, thank you all for reading, any comments or feedback very appreciated
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Old 23.11.2015, 01:32
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Hi,
i'm planning to move to switzerland (ticino) with my girlfriend, the situation is as follows:

- i'm an italian citizen and i'm getting hired by a swiss company so i'm getting a B permit
- my girlfriend is from a non-eu country, she doesn't have an italian citizenship, she works for her country's government (local embassy) since 2010, she has an italian permit of stay and could easily get any other document (but unfortunately is 3 years away from getting citizenship)

Does she have the right to get in switzerland and live there with me?
Also, being a highly qualified person (university degree + masters), how effectively hard could it be to get a job?
I've read a few articles and regulations and it seems that for non-eu countries the hiring process becomes quite difficult because of the limitations.
What happens also if she becomes my wife? Will she acquire immediately my same exact rights so the hiring process could be easier?

I hope this makes sense, thank you all for reading, any comments or feedback very appreciated
Unless your married, I am afraid it's a no.
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Old 23.11.2015, 01:35
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Does she have the right to get in switzerland and live there with me?
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Also, being a highly qualified person (university degree + masters), how effectively hard could it be to get a job?
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Yep, that's pretty much what we're expecting

What happens if we get married? Do things get easier in terms of "admission" and being able to get a job? (regardless of the fact that i would be able to support her anyway)
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Yep, that's pretty much what we're expecting

What happens if we get married? Do things get easier in terms of "admission" and being able to get a job? (regardless of the fact that i would be able to support her anyway)
If you're married, as long as you can afford to support your wife, then she will get a permit to live in Switzerland with you. Once she has that (not before) she should be able to get work as if she was an EU citizen. Once working her permit is still dependant on you, so if you leave Switzerland or split up, she would lose her right to stay and work.
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If you're married, as long as you can afford to support your wife, then she will get a permit to live in Switzerland with you. Once she has that (not before) she should be able to get work as if she was an EU citizen. Once working her permit is still dependant on you, so if you leave Switzerland or split up, she would lose her right to stay and work.
Excellent, thank you so much!
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Re: Question about permits

A couple of official links to help clarify the different situations for you. First family reunification for EU nationals.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/

Second, the non-EU hiring criteria which Swiss employers have to follow.

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

The thing is that the Swiss don't really recognise unmarried couples so your girlfriend would be assessed as an individual which means without a pre-approved job offer she simply wouldn't be allowed in.

Some cantons have what is called a concubine permit where you would have to agree to be financially responsible for your girlfriend for 5 years. But a recent post in the following thread shows that St Gallen canton at least will not allow this for an EU/non-EU couple.

Which cantons recognize unmarried partnerships for heterosexual couples?

Each canton is different though so you'd need to enquire at the Ticino migration office about the possibility of obtaining a concubine permit there - whether it's even available and what the restrictions on granting it are.
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