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Looking to move back to Switzerland

Hello everyone, I lived in Lugano for 2 years and returned to.the US in June of 2015. I worked for a trading company here in the US and then in Lugano Switzerland. However, the company joined venture with another company and my employment was moved to London. Thus, the company I worked with did not renew my work permit. I continued to work with them until February of 2016 and left for maternity leave. My family and I really loved living in Switzerland and we are seriously seeking to return. I wanted to know if there are American companies in Lugano where my husband and I can apply for work and have the opportunity to return. I understand that a work permit will be required and this can complicated things. However, things may be challenging but not possible. If anyone can help me with resources contacts to make this possible I will be very grateful.

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Old 01.12.2016, 17:43
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

What is your husband's field? I guess it would be easier for people on EF based in the Ticino to help you if you give some more detail.

The work permit depends totally on the employment so that is something he would have to sort out first.
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Assuming you're both non-EU nationals, well you come last in the hiring queue I'm afraid. Priority is given to Swiss/EU nationals and employers must try and hire them first. The criteria for the hiring of non-EU nationals is outlined here:

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

Also what is your status in the US? Are you a Green Card holder? If so then you'll find banking is a problem here and you will continue to have US tax filing obligations as well.

My guess is that most American companies will be based in Zurich, Basel or Geneva.
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Hello Sandro under,

Thank you for the quick reply. My husband has been in the insurance industry for over 25 years. He is a claims adjuster/estimator. I have an accounting degree and worked with Ernst and Young for 3 years and then did operations financing for an asphalt company for approx. 5 years. I am currently in the US studying to take my CPA exam and see if this increases my chances to find a job internationally.

I hope this can help with obtaining get advice and guidance
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Ticino just voted to restrict hiring foreigners (yet to be implemented), so I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Dear Medea Fleecestealer,

Thank your response. I will check out the link. We are US citizens. We would consider Zurich or Geneva. I travelled a lot to Geneva and it is beautiful as well. We don't speak the language and that is why I.was thinking of a US company in Switzerland. We are bilingual, English and Spanish but I am aware Spanish is not big in Europe
I will continue to search and network. I know it's a long shot with immigration getting so strict worldwide but I
I won't give up. I know something will turn out in due time.
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Well, it will depend entirely on whether or not your skills/experience are in demand and whether there are Swiss/EU nationals who will be ahead of you in the jobs queue.

More on the US tax here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad

And to open a bank account here you would both need to sign W-9 forms to allow the bank to pass the account info on to the IRS. You would also need to file an FBAR form if any foreign, i.e. outside of US, account/s comes to an aggregate figure of more than $10,000 at any time of the year.

If a company thinks you'd need to have signature authoritiy on their business accounts that will rule you out straightaway as they will not want their company's accounts being reported to the IRS which would be the case if you were in charge of the finances. Any account you have signatory rights to - be it your own, someone else's or a company's - will be an automatic no no on the hiring front.
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Ticino just voted to restrict hiring foreigners (yet to be implemented), so I wouldn't get my hopes up.

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Ticino can do that?!

(Does that start at the canton border? Your passport says Zurich, no? )
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Switzerland is a steep hill I am afraid (pun intended), but nothing is impossible.

Just commenting to say best of luck with the CPA! I am currently studying audit which is my last exam, then I am D-O-N-E and can apply for my license. It was hard to pick up the school books again ten years out of grad school (which was not even related to accounting, btw) and with a full-time job, but as I said, nothing is impossible
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We are bilingual, English and Spanish but I am aware Spanish is not big in Europe.
Say what???

Not big in Switzerland yes. But think where the name of the language comes from....
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

Hi BokerTov,

Congratulations on you CPA journey, I hope to.have the same success. I take my first part at the end of January, NEC. Hopefully, I can pass all four.

I know it is a long shot but I will keep trying. Maybe if not with a company as an entrepreneur. I just need to find a business that will pay the bills and will justify a move. If any suggestions I am all ears. ☺
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Re: Looking to move back to Switzerland

So, as I understand and have read up it is a bit of a long shot to return to Switzerland, (Lugano) on a work visa. However, I don't give up easily and what about if I opened my own business. Do the same rules apply? Does anyone know how complicated the process would be?

I really want to return with my family.....looking for ways....
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So, as I understand and have read up it is a bit of a long shot to return to Switzerland, (Lugano) on a work visa. However, I don't give up easily and what about if I opened my own business. Do the same rules apply? Does anyone know how complicated the process would be?

I really want to return with my family.....looking for ways....
Non-EU nationals can't be self-employed here unless they already live here and have a Swiss permit.
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So, as I understand and have read up it is a bit of a long shot to return to Switzerland, (Lugano) on a work visa. However, I don't give up easily and what about if I opened my own business. Do the same rules apply? Does anyone know how complicated the process would be?

I really want to return with my family.....looking for ways....
You could start a business but that doesn't necessarily bring any rights to a work permit.

You'll have to have quite a large investment to get the permit. And at that level you could probably just get a permit for being rich and avoid the whole starting a business thing.
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