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Employment Advice US to CH

Greetings,

I currently live in the US and have intentions on visiting (vacation) various cities in Switzerland this Fall or early 2013. My ultimate goal is the be able to move to the country in a couple of years and also be gainfully employed.

I realize the country has very tough controls on who can get in for residency and employment, would anyone currently living in CH have any good advice and maybe have a similar situation that they went through?

My current company is a superregional bank which is only within the continental US, no transfer/sponsor by work is possible at this point.

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education = BS in Finance,

work exp =
District Manager @ Intel (Tech)
Branch Manager @ Large Bank (Current position)

Thanks in advance to anyone that can help offer some advice!
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Welcome to the forum.

Any Swiss romantic attachments ?
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No, I just find myself a huge fan of the country for its core reasons. From what my grandparents speak of CH, the research I've done and the alignment feels so natural I just want to make this move.

That being said, I am single without kids and in my late 20's for what its worth, but I have no romantic reason or "connection" for that matter to facilitate me.

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Re: Employment Advice

As a non-EU national, you need to have your employer sponsor your permit, after they have proven to the authorities that no one else can fill that position. It is not impossible but can be frustrating. In the mean time, proficiency in a local language would help ( such as German or French ).

I don´t suppose you have some close relatives ( grandparents perhaps ) that are Swiss or European nationals ? There might be a route to claim European citizenship and enter CH by virtue of CH and EU agreements.
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As a non-EU national, you need to have your employer sponsor your permit, after they have proven to the authorities that no one else can fill that position. It is not impossible but can be frustrating. In the mean time, proficiency in a local language would help ( such as German or French ).

I don´t suppose you have some close relatives ( grandparents perhaps ) that are Swiss or European nationals ? There might be a route to claim European citizenship and enter CH by virtue of CH and EU agreements.
I don't believe they do, but I can check. I definitely have the ability to prove lineage of very recent generations and all kinds of documentation from migration paperwork to the US. I don't know if any of that kind of documentation would help.

I would say reading and listening German I am fairly proficient but once it gets too fast I can't keep up. I need immersion badly.

Is there anything I could do on my multiple week vacation trip to aid my cause?
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Re: Employment Advice US to CH

There are language courses that will last for a few weeks until your visitor status expires in 90 days. Work on that status is a no-no. Some have used that period to apply for jobs, attend interviews.

My Experience Getting Hired in CH (NonEU)

HELP American Needs Employment Advice

Comprehensive List of Swiss Recruiters

He was a little fortunate having a place to stay whilst on hols and had grit.
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There are language courses that will last for a few weeks until your visitor status expires in 90 days. Work on that status is a no-no. Some have used that period to apply for jobs, attend interviews.

My Experience Getting Hired in CH (NonEU)

HELP American Needs Employment Advice

Comprehensive List of Swiss Recruiters

He was a little fortunate having a place to stay whilst on hols and had grit.

Thank you much, I will try it out!
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