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Working in China for a Swiss company

Hi All,


I am a EU-National, with a C permit, living in Bern and working for a Swiss company which has an office in Shenzhen.
They offered me to go and live/work there for min. 1 year.


Is it possible to keep the C permit running if I am abroad in behalf of a Swiss employer?


Taking also into consideration that I can suspend my C permit with the authorization from the Swiss employer, how should I behave with the taxes and insurances?
I guess my HR dept will look after it, but I would like to know if there is something I should be paying particular attention to.


Also reg. the health insurance: can I keep the one I have here, or do I need to get a different one?


If you also think of anything else, pls give a shout


Thank you!


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Re: Working in China for a Swiss company

Ask your HR department maybe ?
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Old 29.11.2019, 23:06
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Re: Working in China for a Swiss company

Being sent abroad by your Swiss employer is one of the reasons generally accepted for putting the C permit on hold. Contact your municipality or the canton for more info on how it works.
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Old 29.11.2019, 23:41
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Re: Working in China for a Swiss company

I learned this the hard way by losing the c permit and starting over again: the key is the expiry date on you permit. You can put it on hold for several years, but not over that date. So if you just got a fresh permit which is good for five years are you fine, if your permit expires in 12 months from now not. This makes very little sense but itís what I was told after the fact. Before I only heard of being able to put it on hold for up to five(?) years...
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Re: Working in China for a Swiss company

For one year, ensure they keep your Swiss contract and send you as "detached" employee.

You will continue to pay social security and all obligations - this also ensures if they fire you that you can still claim unemployment. Will also maximize your chances of "freezing" C permit.

You will be obliged to remain insured with a Swiss health insurance company, however whether they cover you or not will depend on company.

This is a costly setup for the company but for one year if you do not do it like this, all the risk is on you.

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