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US job contract- Swiss payroll company

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I am an EU Citizen living in Switzerland on a B permit. I`m an IT contractor with a huge company in Vaud. Because of cost cutting measures, my client is laying off all the local contractors- which means I will be losing my job by end of next month.. I have been trying quite hard to find a new job- but so far I havent been successful


I have my centre of life here in Switzerland as my girlfriend lives here. Also I want to continue living in Switzerland. I have some good connections in the US, and I could potentially get a contract with remote work options. I do not have US work visa, however I was thinking of invoicing my client in CHF/USD and get paid via the Swiss Payroll company (and pay taxes & social deductions in Switzerland). The swiss payroll company (Zurich based) is the same that I am using for my current job contract. Was wondering if this kind of arrangement is allowed?
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Re: US job contract- Swiss payroll company

Did you manage to resolve this? I would really like to know the outcome, as I might end up in a similar situation.
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Re: US job contract- Swiss payroll company

Why wouldn't it be allowed? AFAIK, EU nationals can stay in Switzerland as long as they have financial means to support themselves. You don't even have to work.

I was in similar situation and the issue was on the US side. Somehow the HR insisted that I would need to have a US work visa. I have never heard of that, nor my connections who introduced me to the company. Trade of intellectual property, i.e. your work outcome, should be freely allowed. Perhaps the HR wanted a 'slave' instead of someone doing business with them.
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Re: US job contract- Swiss payroll company

The interesting question (which I am also curious about) is whether the Swiss payroll companies are allowed to do this with US companies, or whether they have any form of restrictions, conditions and/or constraints, or even some level of scrutiny.
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Re: US job contract- Swiss payroll company

It certainly works fine with UK clients, and I know people who are based in the UK who work remotely for the US, so it seems likely. As I recall, there's a few forms and such that need filling in. You might check the question as answered on contractoruk.com
https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/...-remotely.html
- it can't be much different from the UK.
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Why wouldn't it be allowed? AFAIK, EU nationals can stay in Switzerland as long as they have financial means to support themselves. You don't even have to work.
That is not the case. You have a right to work and establish a business, you have a right to a permanent residence status after five years if you meet the criteria and you have rights under family reunion rules and If you are a retired EU citizen with sufficient income you can retire to Switzerland and that is it.
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The interesting question (which I am also curious about) is whether the Swiss payroll companies are allowed to do this with US companies, or whether they have any form of restrictions, conditions and/or constraints, or even some level of scrutiny.
You will be an employee of a Swiss company so nothing changes for you. There is no legal reason why a Swiss company canít contract to body shop to a US company, the question is will you be able to find one that is willing to do so and how much they will charge you for doing it.
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