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Re: Considering a move to Switzerland

1) You will need to get your qualifications recognised.

You are an accountant or auditor and would like to obtain authorisation to work in Switzerland?

Contact:

Federal Audit Oversight Authority (FAOA)
Case postale 6023
CH-3001 Bern
T +41 31 560 22 22

2) If the UK leaves the EU then it's likely that the UK will be treated by Switzerland as a Third State country which means an employer would have to prove they couldn't find a Swiss/EU national to do the job. This would be the case even if you already have a permit as the conditions for getting that permit would have changed. Non-EU hiring rules are here:

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

It will cost the company time and money to prove this so they could opt for the easier option of simply letting you go and hiring someone else.

3) There's no guarantee you'd be able to stay here long term unless you become well integrated. The Swiss government is currently looking at all the permit types with a view to encouraging integration and if you don't then you could find even a C permit - which is at the moment a permanent one - downgraded or possibly revoked.

Integration, might apply also to 'C' permit holders

You need to realise that anywhere you may move to in the EU/EFTA could have the same problems with residency once the UK's status changes.

You can come to Switzerland to look for work for up to 3 months without registering as being resident. After that you must register and you'll get an L permit for another 3 months to allow you to continue your search. The permit can be extended for up to a year in 3 monthly periods, providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself while doing so.

You need to be aware that your NHS EHIC card will cover you for emergency treatment only here for those first 3 months so any other medical needs will have to come out of your own pocket. Once you register you're required to get Swiss health insurance - you will have 3 months to do this, but would end up with a big first invoice if you leave it too long as you're covered from the date you registered so the policy would be backdated to then.
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