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L permit non EU - work in Germany?

Hi all. I've looked up but I couldn't find a thread about this topic. If there is, I apologise.
My wife and I are from LatAm. I have an L permit tied to my job, and she received an "L permit ohne Arbeit". We've looked for solutions here in Switzerland but she can't do basically anything. Now we wonder: could she work in Konstanz as a Swiss resident? If there is a job opening, is there a chance the German employers do the paperwork for hiring her?

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Hi all. I've looked up but I couldn't find a thread about this topic. If there is, I apologise.
My wife and I are from LatAm. I have an L permit tied to my job, and she received an "L permit ohne Arbeit". We've looked for solutions here in Switzerland but she can't do basically anything. Now we wonder: could she work in Konstanz as a Swiss resident? If there is a job opening, is there a chance the German employers do the paperwork for hiring her?

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Most likely no.

Wenn Sie in Deutschland arbeiten möchten, benötigen Sie einen Aufenthaltstitel, der das Arbeiten gestattet, d.h. einen Aufenthaltstitel zum Zweck der Erwerbstätigkeit (diese Titel sind aufgelistet in den §§ 18-21 Aufenthaltsgesetz (AufenthG).

Basically you need a permit to live and work in Germany. It probably is easier to get in Germany than in Switzerland though

http://www.bamf.de/DE/Migration/Arbe...taat-node.html

If you wish to enter Germany from abroad to look for work, it is important for you to realise that you may not work with a visa for looking for work (section 18c subs. 1 sentence 2 of the Residence Act). If you have found a suitable job, you can apply in Germany for the EU Blue Card or another residence title for the purpose of employment and remain in Germany without leaving the country first. You can apply for the visa for looking for work at the German representation abroad that is responsible for you (Embassy or Consulate-General).

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Re: L permit non EU - work in Germany?

Thanks roegner.
Here in CH, even if she is wanted by an employer, she cannot work unless it is a full time job for a big company and related to what she studied. But we've heard that in Germany they are not as strict. "It's just a matter of finding a job where they want you, taking the contract to the corresponding office and getting the permit"... but again, all of our friends here say those sort of things because they have European friends and not latinamericans/africans/Asians... and they don't get that what works for them not necessarily works for us.
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Re: L permit non EU - work in Germany?

In the same way a non-EU national who holds a German resident permit can't work here, neither can your wife work in Germany unless she's living there and has a German residence permit. A G (cross border) permit is a remote possibility, but they are rarely issued to non-EU nationals. Not sure if they even work from Switzerland to an EU country, usually it's from an EU country to Switzerland. And I don't think Zurich falls within the border zone definition either.
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