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Old 23.03.2007, 21:38
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non citizen consultants in the EU

I've been offered some consulting work in the EU and currently live on a 'B' permit with my family (Swiss wife and kid) in Switzerland. I've been declaring my worldwide income in CH since 2004. Anyone know if I need work permits to work outside of Switzerland in the EU working as a consultant with a Swiss base (passport Canadian)? I've only been working as a contract employee in different countries up until now. This is a bit uncharted for me. Done lots of consulting work...just none of it from here. Any experience or direction would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

i think being married to a Swiss means you can work anywhere anytime within CH.

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I've been offered some consulting work in the EU and currently live on a 'B' permit with my family (Swiss wife and kid) in Switzerland. I've been declaring my worldwide income in CH since 2004. Anyone know if I need work permits to work outside of Switzerland in the EU working as a consultant with a Swiss base (passport Canadian)? I've only been working as a contract employee in different countries up until now. This is a bit uncharted for me. Done lots of consulting work...just none of it from here. Any experience or direction would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.
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Old 26.03.2007, 16:45
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i think being married to a Swiss means you can work anywhere anytime within CH.
Rico is asking about working in the EU as a Candian. I have no idea, by the way, but I bet Google does though...
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Yeah, exactly. Just not sure if being Canadian with Swiss residency changes things.
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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

by my knowledge if you are going to use your canadian citizenship will require you to get the local visa like if you were a eu passport ownder working in canada. The residency will only allow you flexibility in switzerland.

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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

I'm not so sure this is easily answered. If you and your Swiss wife would move to an EU country, you'd have full rights to work there as if you were an EU citizen. But to be resident in Switzerland and work in the EU - I'm not sure.

Until recently, we had a business in Germany but live in Switzerland. When we first set up the business a few years back, they required a visa (was just a formality, I was not permitted to live there with it). After a year, when I went to renew it, they told me it was no longer necessary.

I should note I'm a US citizen married to a Swiss
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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

Thanks for the replys. I'll keep looking into it but this gives me some things to look for. As always with any beaurocracy....patience, Rico...patience.

Anyone who has anything more...feel free. And thanks again to those who have replied.

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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

it's very simple: As you are married to a Swiss citizen you can assert EU Treaty rights.
Spouses of Swiss citizens are treated since 2006 as if they were EEA nationals altho strictly speaking only Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland are in the EEA.

The residence requirement is that you are resident as a family together in an EEA country including Switzerland therefore you meet this. You then become a migrant worker wherever you want to work in the EU25 (not incl Bulgaria and Romania yet).

So you'll be treated working in UK for example and living in Switzerland as if you were married to an Irishwoman in Dublin, Ireland and working in Belfast, UK accross the international border.

The UK home office page has a good summary on its website. Documentary proof includes proof of marriage to a Swiss, copy of your spouse's passport/ID card and proof of residence (family book copy or Auslanderausweis).

There are hundreds of thousands of Poles doing exactly this in Ireland and UK under the Services Directive billing from the 100CHF Irish/UK subsidiary co. of their Polish Head Office as plumbers, labourers etc. All such vacancies for years are no longer advertised in english on sites....(Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish though).

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Re: non citizen consultants in the EU

Excellent info! I'll do a little more research into those websites mentioned. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.
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