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I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Hello, I am going to be 16 by this summer, and I am currently studying German, and if I gain enough proficiency in it, I would like to work in a german speaking country.

I would like to know how much I would be allowed to work (in hours) in Switzerland in the summer if I'm not studying. Are there any major restrictions? Do students make minimum wage or less?
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

You can take casual work for up to three months. If you get more substantive work, then you take the contract along to your community, and they give you a B permit.
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Old 26.12.2020, 19:01
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

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You can take casual work for up to three months. If you get more substantive work, then you take the contract along to your community, and they give you a B permit.
Even for minors?
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Local students struggle to find summer jobs, so I’m not sure a teen from another country would really stand a chance unfortunately.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

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You can take casual work for up to three months. If you get more substantive work, then you take the contract along to your community, and they give you a B permit.
What do you mean casual work? Like seasonal? If he/she gets a contract it's her employer who should take it to the "community" and it's up to cantonal or federal authorities the type of permit it will be issued. I wonder how a 16 y.o. can get their hands on any contract worth issuing a B permit.

@OP, I suppose you can come here as an au-pair? Learn the language and culture while taking care of a Swiss family's baby.

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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Au Pairs have to be 18 minimum.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

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Hello, I am going to be 16 by this summer, and I am currently studying German, and if I gain enough proficiency in it, I would like to work in a german speaking country.

I would like to know how much I would be allowed to work (in hours) in Switzerland in the summer if I'm not studying. Are there any major restrictions? Do students make minimum wage or less?
I can't answer your questions but if your English is any indication, you should be able to tackle German easily. Well done. As an old bloke, I wish I found language learning as easy as someone your age. It's a great age to learn. Good luck.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Ninja, yes I commend you too on your English. But I am afraid, you will very probably have to wait until you are 18 to come and work here, even as an Au Pair. Keep up the good work and those two years will fly by before you can travel and work as you go.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

My guess is that there is no way for a non-swiss 16 year old to find proper employment in Switzerland.

Probably the only way for something like this to happy is that if you took an ileagle under-the-table job that you could probably only get through someone you already know. For example, if a family that you already knew paid you to watch their children for the summer. This would be a substantial risk for the employer and probably for you as well, so I wouldn't recomend this to anyone.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Bear in mind that the OP is an EU citizen.

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What do you mean casual work? Like seasonal?
I was thinking seasonal, but there are other short term low paid jobs available.
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If he/she gets a contract it's her employer who should take it to the "community"
No. he/she must take it. That's the process for EU citizens. First you get a contract, then you take it to the Gemeinde, and they start the process to get you your permit. I know this, because a young friend of mine from Hungary had difficulty with a potential employer who insisted they had to have the permit first. Our local Gemeinde office even called this employer and explained why they were wrong, but it didn't help. He got a job elsewhere with an employer who did understand the correct process.

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It'll be a B or L permit.
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I wonder how a 16 y.o. can get their hands on any contract worth issuing a B permit.
As far as I know it's not technically impossible. But yes, unlikely.
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

Just googled this for ya:
https://www.google.com/search?q=work...hrome&ie=UTF-8

Good luck!
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Re: I want to work in Switzerland in the summer at 16 yrs old

You might, just might find work in a summer school, they would be recruiting Jan/Feb/Mar for the summer 2021. Unsure if you're a little to young, maybe you have to be at least 17.

But hey, looked at my local private school and they don't mention it, so go for it.
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