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Old 12.04.2020, 02:46
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Re: Employment for non EU/EFTA citizens

We may find that a lot of regulations (or the way they are applied) change during or after the Corona-crisis.

A few weeks ago, the Swiss authorities announced a moratorium for all permit appliations. They are simply not processing them. We don't know how long it will take before they even consider any applications.

It is already clear that Switzerland's economy (and of course, everywhere else, too) has been damaged by the crisis, but it is not yet known to what extent. Many business are going to be forced to close. There are already many more unemployed people. All of this will make it more difficult for someone from outside to get a new permit.

As this phenomenon is affecting the whole world, I suppose it must be similar, where you are, too.

Everything is unclear until the worst of the Corona-crisis is over. If you hope to move to an EU-country or to Switzerland, here are some suggestions of what you could do, both to see whether the idea is realistic and all, and to improve your chances, from where you are now, are:
  • if you already have a qualification, get very detailed and full documentation about it, in case you can later try to get it recognised in the new country
  • get formal qualifications that are needed in the new country
  • become a niche specialist in an area needed in the new country
  • read up about the rules of each EU country, and Switzerland, for obtaining a permit, and for qualifying to naturalise
  • as far as possible, build professional and perhaps private networks in your field and in your areas of interest, in the countries you are considering
  • improve your language skills, in English, and in the language (or languages) of the country (or country) to which you hope to move
  • work out different ways to run your budget, and read up about suggested or typical budgets, of income, taxes, medical inaurance and living expenses in Switzerland and other countries
  • learn a lot of small, everyday life skills (cooking, cleaning, sewing, how to use a drill, basic woodwork, how to wash/mend/iron your clothes, how to grow vegetables, how to fix a bicycle, how to cut your own hair) because the more of these things you know how to do, the more money you can save, where you are now, but especially if you ever do manage to move to Switzerland.
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