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Berufliche Tatigkeit/Lebensunterhalt

Dear All,

Today I received a letter with title Berufliche Tatigkeit/Lebensunterhalt.
It asks me to state how much money I make per month and when did I start working with some other information. The issue is that I don't have a job yet.

A few sentences about my situation: I moved here because my boyfriend got a job in Zürich. I have started to apply for jobs a month before we arrived, shared altogether around a 100 applications in these 2 months. The first day we went into the Kreisbüro to register ourselves, where we mentioned that I don't have a job yet, but my boyfriend will support me until I find one. We got an appointment to the migration office, where they took pictures of us and asked for our signtaure.
A week later I got a letter from the Migrationsamt, that I have to prove with documents my permit request, with A) my working contract B) documents that show that I have tried to get a job C) documents about my financial status which allows me to live here. I have answered to this with a very long letter, where I mentioned that although I don't have a job, I am trying really really hard (attached all the application emaily I have shared so far...), listed my qualifications, that I have a very good diploma, know some german and also mentioned that my boyfriend stated in the Kresibüro that we will support me. My boyfriend got his permit a few days ago.
Now after a week, I got this letter, and I am really confused to be honest. My 3rd sentence in my letter was that "I don't have a job". Didn't they understand? (I wrote it in german btw). The only thing I can think of is that there are other points which I can tick, eg whether I am a freelancer, receive unemployment benefit have a hell lot of money or whether I am a housewife. Maybe they want me to tick that I am a housewife because I mentioned that my boyfriend is willing to support me?
Please help me, if anybody has some knowledge or info about it. I am really confused. Thanks a lot!
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Re: Berufliche Tatigkeit/Lebensunterhalt

Are you an EU or a non-EU citizen?

If you are an EU/EFTA citizen, the below link explains the requirements for someone who is not working (Nichterwerbstätige). The section on Stellensuchende (job-seekers) might be of interest (translated):

"Job seekers do not need a permit for a stay of up to three months. If the job search lasts longer than three months, job seekers must register with the competent authority; this also applies if they are claiming the export of benefits from a foreign unemployment insurance. They receive a short stay permit EU/EFTA, which is limited to three months. A short stay permit for job seekers is granted if they have the financial means necessary for maintenance2. It can be extended for up to one year if job seekers can prove that they are still looking for a job and that there is a reasonable chance that they will find employment. Permits for job seekers are not subject to quotas. According to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, job seekers cannot claim welfare benefits."


If you are a non-EU citizen, you might wish to download the information sheet called "Erwerbslose Wohnsitznahme aus Drittstaaten" at this link. Kindly read the section called "Konkubinatspaare" to determine whether you meet the requirements (German):

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