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Old 12.04.2020, 07:36
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Re: Employment for non EU/EFTA citizens

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But if you are none EU, how is it going to be easier to satisfy the same labour market rules from an EU country? For example in Ireland the rules are even stricter because only a small percentage of an employer's workforce may be none EU/EEA/CH... Do you have some special circumstances that would allow you to move to Portugal?
OP might think he/she's entitled to a EU citizenship because of his family's origins, thus no need to move to Portugal or elsewhere.
There are many people even on this forum who pigged on theirs or their spouse's EU citizenship, without having lived a day (I don't mean as a tourist) in that country.

They all remember they're Europeans when it fits.
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Old 12.04.2020, 21:40
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Hi again, as they are more acceptable towards EU citizens, if I get citizenship from a country like Portugal and then go to Switzerland, would it be an easier pathway for me? (more job opportunity, 5 years permit C time instead of 10 years etc.)
Is getting eU citizenship going to give you language skills and qualifications to get a job?
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Re: Employment for non EU/EFTA citizens

Even if you can reduce the bureaucracy by becoming an EU citizen in some way, you still have to be offering something that employers cannot find locally. You typically need exceptional professional skills, and be proficient in German or French to make it worthwhile for employers to go through the hassle of trying to justify hiring you Ė with or without EU citizenship.

And youíve still not said what your skills are. ĎAsk not what Switzerland can do for you but what you can do for Switzerland.í Iíve still not heard what this might be.
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Re: Employment for non EU/EFTA citizens

There are many, many unqualified people who do not speak a local Swiss language well, who manage to find work in Switzerland.

They can do this precisely because they have an EU citizenship, which allows them to enter Switzerland freely (not now, during Corona, but otherwise).

An EU citizen can show his/her passport at the border, and walk right into Switzerland, freely. If they succeed in finding a job then they will automatically be granted a permit to stay here and work here.

They do not have to prove any special skills, and their employer does not have to demonstrate any special search process. The only requirements are being able to earn enough to support oneself, (by the Swiss definition of "enough") so as not to need to claim social security benefits.

This is not a good route to take if one has a family to support. However, for a single person with EU citizenship, who wants a different life experience, and who is totally willing to live a zero-luxury life, at least to start with, in order to begin a new phase, this can be a good way to start out. With one full-time or several part-time jobs, doing unqualified work, such as cleaning or trash-removal, or helping out on a building site, it is possible to cover one's expenses, and live very frugally, and probably have no money to save. But still, one would be encountering new sides to life, be exposed to the language, and be able to work out how to improve one's situation. It can be done, by an EU citizen.

Even so, please remember that because of Corona the world has become very unpredictable. Employers here are struggling to find ways to keep their businesses going. They are having to dismiss staff. There are many more unemployed people here, now, than there were 3 or 6 months ago. This means that during the next few months, at least, and probably longer, there will be fewer chances for a newcomer without the local language skills to find work, even boring, low-paid, unqualified work.
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Re: Employment for non EU/EFTA citizens

As was mentioned in the thread earlier, all work permit applications have been suspended as of 31. March and at least until 15 June, and I expect this to be extended.

Technically this means that Swiss companies can only hire Swiss citizens, or people with a valid (and, for non-EU, open(!)) work permit who already live in Switzerland. Not even EU candidates can be hired now. I personally had to turn down two signed contracts with EU passport holders last week for they can neither enter the country, not get the work permit upon arrival anytime soon.
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