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Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citizen)?

Hello and sorry for the question -- I know it looks stupid, but I am lost after I called multiple institutions and got controversial answers.

So: I am an EU-citizen and am currently moving to Zurich. Everything is last-minute. I will soon have a rental contract starting from December. However, I already have an unlimited work contract starting from 15.11. (we can postpone it, but I'd like to start asap, while living in a hotel until I get the other apartment). Am I allowed to work this month without a registration and do the registration when I am already in the new apartment? This makes 2 to 3 weeks.

I got a variety of answers from the people I called:
- Migrationsamt Zurich: You must be registered before starting the job. Call Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit. Your employer can register you automatically. Call different Kreisbueros in Zurich and ask which hotel they would accept for the 2-3 weeks and register there.
- Amt für Wirtschaft und Arbeit: We don't do anything with EU-citizens!
- Kreisbuero Zurich (well, that single phone number for all of them): Registration at hotels is not possible. As an EU-citizen you can start working without a registration and come when you have the apartment.

Anyone with experience how I should proceed?
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Re: Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citiz

The third one.
When I arrived Switzerland, in the first weeks I had very many things to do, so I visited the Kreisburo only in the 3rd week. Nobody had a problem with it.
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Old 13.11.2019, 13:16
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Re: Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citiz

Hi,

To be rigorous, your contract starts 15.11.2019. You're not working here yet. Why register?


Most companies have competent HR departments. It's not the first time they hire a foreigner, ask them for advice. Your new colleagues may be able to help.
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Re: Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citiz

The rule is, you must register within 14 days of arriving AND before starting work.

https://en.comparis.ch/umzug-schweiz...-umzug-schweiz
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The rule is, you must register within 14 days of arriving AND before starting work.

https://en.comparis.ch/umzug-schweiz...-umzug-schweiz
Indeed.

"Gainful employment of more than 3 months:

Within 14 days of their arrival and before actually taking up work, nationals of EU-27/EFTA states have to register with the local authorities of the commune in which they are residing and apply for a residence permit. A valid ID or passport and a written confirmation of employment (e.g. the contract of employment containing details of the duration of employment and the number of working hours) have to be presented. A residence permit will be issued depending on the duration of employment: a short-term residence permit (type L permit) for employment of up to 364 days or a residence permit (type B permit) for employment of at least one year or for an unlimited period.

The steps necessary for obtaining a residence permit may be taken after arriving in Switzerland."

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...html#Residence permits

Their bolding, not mine. You might be able to do it with an hotel for 2-3 weeks, but you'd have to check with the relevent gemeinde admin office to be sure. They might accept the rental contract if it's a done deal already. Otherwise you're going to have to postpone starting work until December.
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Re: Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citiz

It's the hen and the egg thing. They kind of like this here.

If I were in your shoes, I'd take my flat-contract and documents, visit the "Kreisbüro" responsible for the area of the flat you're moving to and let them sort it out.

The main thing is to do this personally. A) things work better this way, b) just stand there until you get the answer you need.
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Old 13.11.2019, 19:26
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Re: Start working now and register in 2-3 weeks when apartment is available (EU-citiz

I am an EU citizen who moved in Zurich in 2016.

I got the work contract first, then the apartment contract using the work contract as reference, then I registered myself using both contracts: the apartment contract testifies that you can be found at some place, the lenght of your work contract determines the duration of your residence permit.

When you register at Gemeinde/Kreisbuero they ask you the date of your actual entrance in Switzerland, which is the day of your travel. I did register myself after having already started to work and live here.
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- Kreisbuero Zurich (well, that single phone number for all of them): Registration at hotels is not possible. As an EU-citizen you can start working without a registration and come when you have the apartment.

Anyone with experience how I should proceed?
Go to the Kreisbüro where the hotel is, or to the Stadthaus. Try to register yourself with the hotel address. If they deny, request that they either give you written confirmation that you fulfilled the obligations as stated in the law Art. 12 AIG or a written instruction what else you should.
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