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Old 07.08.2019, 22:11
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Re: Live in USA, work in Switzerland (Remote IT)

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...Also, I've read that a C Permit allows up to 4 years absence abroad. Could one just return regularly to re-apply for C Permits, to keep the possibility open of moving back to Switzerland later? Say 4 years in the US, 1 year in Switzerland, repeat as necessary, for example?
You're getting the cart before the horse. The C permit is permanent residency. That means you live in Switzerland. To request the C, you need to live in Switzerland for at least 5 years on a B permit and meet certain language and integration requirements. You can't just work for a Swiss company while living somewhere else.

There are limited reasons a C permit can be placed on hold. Examples include being sent abroad by your employer, or for study. The hold has to be pre-approved before you leave, and it can be up to 4 years but that's not guaranteed.

During the time the C permit is on hold, the years towards citizenship are also halted.

If your ultimate goals are C permit then citizenship, you need to rethink your strategy because this one is simply not going to work.
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