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Old 27.05.2020, 12:43
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How early can one apply for a permit with an offer in hand?

I've seen a lot of questions the other way (EFTA nationals moving to the UK), but not many for UK citizens emigrating. I recently accepted a job offer with a company in Zurich, but it doesn't start until January 2021. If the Brexit transition period is extended, then great, but otherwise I have to assume I will be treated as non-EU. Let's also ignore potential complications surrounding COVID for now...

As a general question - how far in advance can one apply for the L/B permit once a job is agreed? I assume a permit has to be obtained before starting work, but I can't find any information on how early that can be.

I was hoping that I'd be able to move in late November/early December and apply for a permit while I'm still an EU citizen. Ideally with a contract in hand and enough money to tide me over to January, I wondered if I could get a B permit on the spot, as the contract is longer than a year?

Alternatively could I get a 3 month L permit on arrival (without gainful employment) and then convert it when the job starts? Obviously when applying for the permit I could provide evidence that I have a job lined up already.

I'm guessing the main challenge will be renting somewhere that's acceptable to the migration office.

As this is a local contract, I also assume no quotas apply here? [2] Britain left with a withdrawal agreement, so we're still covered under EU-27/EFTA local workers during the transition period. The doc above also says there are no job-seeking quotas either.

I will speak to immigration lawyers from the company at some point, and they may just say I should apply as a non-EU. Given the nature of the job and my background, I'm fairly confident that would be OK, but obviously getting an EU permit would be far far easier.

Guidance on residence without employment:

EU references:

Brexit: (but this doesn't cover the edge case when you have a job offer that doesn't start until after the transition period ends)

Any advice would be welcome, thanks!