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Old 17.02.2013, 00:20
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Re: Current L-visa expiring, contract over, how to extend visa

I'm pretty sure you will be facing a lot of hurdles to get the permit renewed if it's just an L. To convert the L to B, the employer has to go through the same approval process that they did before getting the visa/permit for you at the very beginning - and it's not something you can do for yourself.

You can try to pick up another job, but the employer has to go through the same process of proving that they cannot find anyone in Switzerland or the EU to do that job. I doubt that you would be allowed to find a new job.

The student option might be a better one, and definitely you should be talking to the RAV to check your entitlements for unemployment benefits if you were working more than 12 months - so at least you have funds to support yourself and pay your way back home...

I'm pretty sure you should be talking to the Migrations office, not the Kreisburo, and the RAV should also be able to advise you of your rights.

I assume your current permit does not give you the permission to change employers ? The simplest way to check this is that your ID card (with photo etc on it) has the employer's details listed on the back - if the employer's details are listed, then you probably have no right to change employers.

Getting the L to B conversion is difficult. The employer would have had to re-advertise your job and prove that they could not find someone to replace you. I assume that they decided they either could not fulfil that requirement, or they were not supportive enough of you as an employee, or they are downsizing and this was an easy way to reduce their staffing.

Either way, I'd definitely check your unemployment insurance entitlements with the RAV, and work out how to downsize and be prepared that you may be required to leave the country by the time your permit expires. Even if you were able to find another employer who is prepared to jump through the hoops to get you a permit, it's unlikely that they could get the permit approved within the time frame - normally it takes 8-12 weeks for the permission to be gained, and that's from the time that the paperwork is all completed and submitted to the proper authorities.

Maybe you can bridge the gap with a study visa, but you may be required to leave the country anyway to come back as a student...
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