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Living in France or Germany

hi all,

I'm relocating to Basel shortly, and I hear from many of my friends that it is cheaper to rent a flat/house in France or Germany than in Basel or Basel Land, therefore I was wondering is it possible to live in France or Germany as a non EU resident with a Swiss B permit?

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hi all,

I'm relocating to Basel shortly, and I hear from many of my friends that it is cheaper to rent a flat/house in France or Germany than in Basel or Basel Land, therefore I was wondering is it possible to live in France or Germany as a non EU resident with a Swiss B permit?

thanks in advance for your time and efforts in addressing my question!
If you want to work here but live over the border, you will need a G permit not a B permit.

This question has been asked hundreds of times before: try using the search bar in the top right.

http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=living+germany
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Re: Living in France or Germany

If you are non-EU, ask your future employer to ask officially the authorities whether you are allowed to immigrate to German with Swiss work contract. If they have experience with it, they'll know, if they havn't, well... they should learn as good employers. Otherwise, not a problem as such, but it's hard to know exactly what the financial benefit will be.

It's different for everybody as the calculation of taxes will depend on your family situation. For me it's cheaper to rent in BS but buy in Germany for the same job.
Here the thread: Tax comparison BS/LÍ

Some say it's worth looking into France when you have children or want a real house, but not in the first km behind the border, you have to go and look in the villages around.

Tax advisers are the only way to have exact numbers. A forum can only make a list of single cases that will match more or less your situation.
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You certainly won't be able to do this with a B permit, as that is only for people actually living in CH. Instead, you'd need not one, but two permits. One from the country you're living in, then a G (Grenxganger/Frontalier) permit from CH.

So unless you've got some rights to be in France or Germany, you're probably out of luck.
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Re: Living in France or Germany

all, many thanks for your inputs!
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Re: Living in France or Germany

Usually it's only EU citizens who are allowed to have a G permit. Non-EU are granted occasionally, but it's extremely rare and you'd need a really good reason for it - just because it's cheaper isn't one of them.
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