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Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

Hello, I am American relocating to Zug w/ 8 year hold daughter.

I am starting my new job in Zurich, and get an apartment in Zug.


My daughter has just finished her 2nd grade in San Francisco area.

She has learned German alphabets, numbers, and colors for 2 weeks.

How can I find a local public school that my 8 year old girl to attend?


Does she have to attend German language classes,
before she can attend a local public school?

I am arriving in Switzerland in a month by August 1st, 2016.

Any advice or information will be highly appreciated.

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Re: Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

What do you mean you get an apartment in Zug? Have you already organised one or your company has? I ask because usually a non-EU national's permit is tied to their employer and that means they have to live in the same canton that their workplace is based in. So for you this would be Zurich, not Zug. You need permission from both cantons to change your location.

As for schools, you don't choose. Your daughter will go to the one nearest to where you're living. She may well have extra German lessons, but these will be organised by the school as part of her studies. Swiss schools are well organised for helping new foreign students learn the language.
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Re: Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

When you register at the town hall (Gemeinde) they will register her for school as well and assign a school. They may have her repeat grade 2 to give her time to learn the language, extra language classes will be organized by her school. If you already have an address, you could contact the Gemeinde ahead of your move, so that they can put things in place before the new school year starts.

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Re: Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

And living in Zug and working in Zurich is not ideal, if you commute by car!


As Medea said, normally you have to live in the same Kanton as where you work.
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Re: Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

also Zug is an expensive place to rent in.
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Re: Expat relocating to Zug w/ 3rd grader.

Are you all sure of the Kantonal living requirement? I am also an American working in Baar/Zug but I live in Zurich kanton. I am on a B permit. It may be worth checking on on the work authorization before choosing a area to live.
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Are you all sure of the Kantonal living requirement? I am also an American working in Baar/Zug but I live in Zurich kanton. I am on a B permit. It may be worth checking on on the work authorization before choosing a area to live.
Yes. Non-EU nationals holding an L or B permit are allowed to change cantons if they ask and meet the criteria as laid down in the Foreign Nationals Act.

Art. 36 Place of residence

Persons with a short stay permit, a residence or a permanent residence permit are free to choose their place of residence within the canton that granted the permit.

"Art. 37 Change of the place of residence to another canton

1 Persons with a short stay permit or a residence permit who would like to relocate their place of residence to another canton must apply for the appropriate permit from the new canton beforehand.

2 Persons with a residence permit are entitled to move to another canton provided they are not unemployed and there are no grounds for revocation in terms of Article 62.

3 Persons with a permanent residence permit are entitled to move to another canton, provided there are no grounds for revocation in terms of Article 63."

https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a36

This is because the canton where you live gets your tax money so the original canton, having just granted you a permit to live/work there, isn't going to be particularly happy that they're not seeing a financial return for their investment in granting the permit.
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