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Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

I am interested in this program after is was mentioned by another member on this site. I was just wondering if anyone knew more about it or, specifically, if anyone has experienced or knows someone who has experienced the program themselves.

There is some information listed here: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...anott/ymp.html

I pretty much read through everything but have come to the conclusion that the real downside is finding an employer who would want to be involved with this. I couldn't find if there was a lot of overhead paperwork that would discourage an employer or if typical Swiss laws for employers having to first seek workers in the country or in the EU are still applicable. There is a form they would have to fill out but it's only a page or so. The Visa is also specific for this program and allows for up to an 18 month stay.

Do you think it will be difficult to find an employer who might be interested?
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

I have the same questions as I am also interested in this program! And I also happen to be Canadian like you... did you get any answers?

I would like to bring this thread back to life as it seems this program has not been discussed yet as much as it should be on this forum! Hoping to hear somebody's experiences... such as wait time for this type of permit.
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

Judging from the lack of responses I'm guessing that there are few who have used the program.

What did you/are you studying in school dashak? I almost forgot entirely about this program until I saw that it had been bumped today but I would still really likely to experience a period of living and working in Switzerland (or Germany) even if I have to do it by some other means.
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

Hi D88, I have a Bachelors of Health degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science... which it is really difficult to find work in without some kind of Masters degree. Although I have 7 years of ski instructing experience and could probably get work doing that, I am looking for something a bit less seasonal. I sent an email to the IYE (International Youth Experience) in Canada, who are supposed to help you find employment in order to apply for the Youth Mobility Program, and this was their reply:

Dear ______,

The present follows your recent request concerning the Youth Mobility Program (YMP) Canada - Switzerland. In a career's perspective, an experience of work in Switzerland is well worthwhile; this program gives the occasion to work and learn in one of the most sophisticated country of the world. Beside being in the centre of Europe, Switzerland offers great opportunities in various domains such as cultural, sports, technologies etc. In a word, it could be very beneficial to apply to the YMP Canada-Switzerland.

To achieve your goal, you will have to go through the following 3 stages of action:

Stage # 1: The first stage consists in the preparation to campaign for yourself... to obtain a job offer which will be in line with your carreer orientation, in relation with your competences, your education and which will respect the conditions of the YMP. It consists mainly in clarifying your goals, planning your actions and putting together the tools which you will need to undertake in the most efficient way your employment research. This is a crucial stage which must be done with seriousness and professionalism. To obtain the assistance of International Youth Experience ( IYE ) through this stage you must submit to us the Canadian Application Form called "Application for Employment Abroad as a Trainee" See note *(1) duly filled out / signed and accompanied with the required documents i.e. items # 2, 5 and 6 of section F of the form - please note that items # 1, 3 and 4 are not necessary at this moment but may eventually be required by the Consulate General of Switzerland. The registration fees are of $150.00 to which must be added the GST for a total of $157.50 - See note *(2). Payment must be made by certified cheque, bank draft or money order at the name of International Youth Experience. After evaluation of your candidature, we at IYE will provide you with tools which will help you out in your planning and research.


Those tools are:
a) a letter of introduction to Swiss employers ( one in English and another in French) that clearly indicates that you are personally meeting the conditions and admission criteria as set by the Protocol Agreement between Canada and Switzerland for the YMP which should facilitate access to residency and work permit in Switzerland;
b) at least one list of potential Swiss employers or web sites addresses of employers involved in activities as close as possible in relation with your profession or trade,
c) pertinent information on employment research in Switzerland and curriculum vitae (resume); and d) upon specific request from you, IYE will assess your curriculum vitae and your offer of services and make, as the case may be, recommendations to improve those documents so that your qualifications and expertise be well brought out. This service is offered only through e-mail. It is very important that the presentation brings out in an orderly manner the academic achievements and expertise. * See additional service at stage # 3.

Stage # 2 : Taking into consideration your timetable, various deadlines including your target to start working in Switzerland you will have decided during stage one of the moment (date) you want to launch your research of employment per say. (Depending of the nature of your trade or occupation, we recommend to start this process from 6 to 12 months before the date you wish to start working). Therefore, stage # 2 consists in sending as many offers of services as possible to targeted potential employer. Your offer of services should be supported by your curriculum vitae or resume or other documents which you judge pertinent but very important by the letter of introduction provided by IYE (see tool "a" above). This letter of introduction, that can be reproduced in as many copies as judged necessary, is an important element of the information the candidate should present to potential Swiss employers. It reassures them as to the legitimacy of the request and on the possibilities of obtaining a Swiss work permit. The present stage will continue with hopefully many exchanges with potential employers and will end by a fruitful negotiation of an employment contract.

Stage # 3 : Following the identification of an employment, you have to submit your application file via one the Consulates General of Switzerland in Canada. To verify the conditions and procedures of the YMP Canada-Switzerland and to obtain the necessary forms (subject to occasional changes) , you must visit the web site of the Swiss Embassy in Canada - LOOK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE at the following address: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/nameri/vcan/canott/ymp.html

* Additional Service offered by IYE: Finally, in addition to the "tools" and services described at stage # 1 above, shall there be questions from the Swiss Authorities (the Office fdral des migrations / OFM) after your application file would have been sent via a Consulat General of Switzerland (in other words, after the stage # 3), upon request from your part, we could try to clarify the situation and intercede with ODM.


We will be please to assist you in your research.

Sincerely yours,


Jacques La Rochelle, Executive Director
Exprience-Jeunesse International ( EJI ) / International Youth Experience ( IYE )
12, rue Le Ber, Gatineau, Qc. J9H 1C5, CANADA
Tel. (819) 684-9212 Fax (819) 684-5630
Courriel / E-mail : j.larochelle@experience.ca
http://www.experience.ca


*(1) : Shall you not be able to obtain this form through previous under-line then go to the following address:
http://www.experience.ca/docs/SwissForm.pdf

*( 2 ) : For accounting, IYE's G.S.T. Account no is 141596031RT0001 ( 5 % )
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So perhaps this is just what you need? In my case, I don't have the extra $150 to spend on some things that I feel I can do myself. I plan to look for employment and do the research on my own first, and if I am not successful, I will perhaps have to take them up on this offer. Hope this helps you though! Can I ask what you studied?
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

I take it no one has had any luck yet? I've just submitted my information.
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

Does anyone know if there is anything like this between America and Switzerland...I was trying to look into this in case my work visa falls though or maybe it is easier for them to get a work visa for me, not sure..
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

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I am interested in this program after is was mentioned by another member on this site. I was just wondering if anyone knew more about it or, specifically, if anyone has experienced or knows someone who has experienced the program themselves.

There is some information listed here: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...anott/ymp.html

I pretty much read through everything but have come to the conclusion that the real downside is finding an employer who would want to be involved with this. I couldn't find if there was a lot of overhead paperwork that would discourage an employer or if typical Swiss laws for employers having to first seek workers in the country or in the EU are still applicable. There is a form they would have to fill out but it's only a page or so. The Visa is also specific for this program and allows for up to an 18 month stay.

Do you think it will be difficult to find an employer who might be interested?
This kind of program is done between Germany-Canada. I doubt there is such an exchange program where you can work and travel in Switzerland. With that being said, do verify ...
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Old 13.03.2011, 00:39
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

UK-Canada also...
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

Ok here we go,
I got some info via the consulate of Canada in Switzerland and here is what it say:
1. You have to have finished your university studies or completed your apprenticeship-if you did one. You must be employed full time once in the destination country for the duration of 18 months max. Side note: you must remain with the same company or employer for the said period -you can't jump around.

2. The other type is Praktikum or internship. For this you must be a university student, with a secured internship in CH prior to arrival.

I don't know how good your German or French are...I just translated everything from you and will copy the link so you can verify.

Btw, this stuff is for the Swiss who are willing to enroll in the program. I assumed it worked likewise for the Canucks willing to come to CH.
http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...index-deu.aspx
http://www.swissemigration.ch/themen...x.html?lang=de
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

As trial to test the waters I applied to a few companies offering "internships" and all replied that they were not interested in doing the necessary paperwork (all of one page) to get me into the program.

You'd be better off to head to France or Germany on a working holiday visa which has been mentioned on previous posts. Their systems are the opposite - you show up first and then look for a job. Makes more sense than the agreement we (Canada) have with the Swiss where you have to find a job first and then you can apply for the visa. (Although not unlike the rest of Swiss work permits - "find an employer willing to hire you, then we'll talk.")

Just my two cents.
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Re: Does anyone know anything about the Canada-Switzerland Youth Mobility Program?

Switzerland has concluded these so-called 'trainee agreements' with some 30 countries.
For the full list of member countries, as well as an informative brochure on this topic, I suggest you visit the following website of CH government: http://www.swissemigration.ch/themen...x.html?lang=en
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