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Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

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After much frustration and many dead end searches and attemps Im wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience, can give me some concrete info or advice or put me in the direction of where I can find some accurate information.

Im a non EU national been here for 2.5 years on a B permit
As far as I can tell the B permit is linked to my employer and is renewable yearly
For the past 2.5 years I have been paying unemployment insurance.

As far as I understand one is eligible for unemployment insurance if you have a valid work permit and have been paying unemployment insurance for at least 12 months of the last two years

However here seems to be a catch
If I am no longer employed with my employer does my B permit automatically cease before the current renewal date because it is linked to my employer?

Does this mean Im not eligible for unemployment insurance, despite the fact ive been paying for it the last 2.5 years?

Or, can my B permit be extended whilst Im looking for work?

My employer has for the last 2.5 years told me Im eligible for unemployment insurance and has been making the deductions direct from my salary.
However, some recent enquiries Ive made indiate that Im not because of the apparent B permit issue.
Help...Im so confused!
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Old 22.10.2010, 20:48
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After much frustration and many dead end searches and attemps Im wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience, can give me some concrete info or advice or put me in the direction of where I can find some accurate information.

Im a non EU national been here for 2.5 years on a B permit
As far as I can tell the B permit is linked to my employer and is renewable yearly
For the past 2.5 years I have been paying unemployment insurance.

As far as I understand one is eligible for unemployment insurance if you have a valid work permit and have been paying unemployment insurance for at least 12 months of the last two years

However here seems to be a catch
If I am no longer employed with my employer does my B permit automatically cease before the current renewal date because it is linked to my employer?

Does this mean Im not eligible for unemployment insurance, despite the fact ive been paying for it the last 2.5 years?

Or, can my B permit be extended whilst Im looking for work?

My employer has for the last 2.5 years told me Im eligible for unemployment insurance and has been making the deductions direct from my salary.
However, some recent enquiries Ive made indiate that Im not because of the apparent B permit issue.
Help...Im so confused!


No permot = no work, they are unlikely to give you a permit while you look for work, sorry doesn't work this way. If you are non EU then you permit is well and truely dependant on your employer.
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

Thanks for the response!
This is what I dont understand. There is no literature anywhere that i can find which says that non EU nationals, or 1 yr B permit holders arent eligible for unemployment insurance.
There are quite a few of us around, and those that Ive asked are all paying for unemployment insurance.
Even my company was/is under the impression that we are eligible. I know payment of the insurance is compulsory, but how can you pay for something that you arent entitled to?
I also keep getting conflicting advice, so hence the reason Im trying to find something concrete.
Thanks again!
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

I think it depends on how the employer-employee relationship is terminated:
did you quit, were you made redundant or were you fired because of something bad you did? If you quit or were fired, I really doubt that you will be collecting unemployment benefits if your permit runs out in the 3 months after you were fired.

If you are/were made redundant AND you are in a "preferred" skill set type of job, you may have a chance for unemployment benefits and therefore should immediately apply once you suspect that you will be made redundant (like lost big funding or grant money).

Also, please beware, it depends on who you speak to at the RAV and in what language the local one preferrably!! With some luck, you can collect benefits and look for job while still living in Switzerland. They may also issue you a temporary extension of your permit if you meet all their requirements. There are no guarantees unfortunately for non-EUs, it depends on so much "subjective" things.

It is possible, and in principle, you should receive benefits if you are made redundant, but the issue for you seems to be how close is your B permit expiring to your last day of work. This is a touchy issue and Bern only decides case-by-case (I think!!!)
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

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However here seems to be a catch
If I am no longer employed with my employer does my B permit automatically cease before the current renewal date because it is linked to my employer?
I had never heard about that before... so after I left my job I went to RAV and I have been receiving unemployment benefits since. (Im Non-EU w/ B permit also renewed every year and i think it has 3 years limit)

As for the permit being renewed, I have no idea and actually Im looking for the same kind of information . I have heard we could but I have also heard the total opposite, i.e. migration has told me I can stay till my permit expires but w/o renewal, today I was told I was supposed to leave immediately

I read this in FOM (which is only adding up to the confusion)

"In practice, an annual permit is normally renewed as long as its holder is able to draw a daily allowance from the unemployment insurance. In such cases, however, the holder is not actually entitled to a renewal of the permit."
http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/...willigung.html

ALSO read the following forum
Is RAV support extending your Work Permit ?

please keep me posted...
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

I am most certain that this is NOT correct.

There are several threads about unemployment and RAV. If you have paid in for a certain amount of time, you will be eligible for benefits. And even if your permit will expire, I believe you are still eligible for benefits for a certain amount of time (iirc maybe 24 months).

Anyway, search on the EF and you will find the info. But RAV can also tell you.

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No permot = no work, they are unlikely to give you a permit while you look for work, sorry doesn't work this way. If you are non EU then you permit is well and truely dependant on your employer.
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

I am no expert by all means but the same week we moved from US to Kuesnacht I met a fellow from Chicago. He was let go by his employer after 2 years in Switzerland. Basically we chatted for a while and he told me that you are elligible for 12 months extension on your permit if you are let go from the company.

This gives you a chance to find another position or possibly start you own business if you have enough cash to invest into Switzerland.

I would suggest you go first to your local "gemeinde" before contacting the immigration services...

Cheers!
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

From my knowledge, there are two types of B-permits. One attached directly to your employer, one that is not. If you have the one that is not, then immigration will extend your B permit as long as you are elible for RAV payments. This I know from experience, unfortunately it was from 2003, so perhaps things has changed since then though it does not make any sense if you are eligble for RAV benefits but are not allowed to stay and receive it.

Regarding the other type of B - I can not help as I am not so sure how that goes. I agree that RAV will be the best place to get the correct answers and will recommend you reach out to them before going to immigration.
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

Hi All

Just an update on this matter as I think there are probably a lot of us who are on 1 year renewable b permits that are linked to their employers, and who arent EU citizens.

I cant get a straight answer on this from any source, not the immigrations people, not the RAV, nor senior people within either department. No body knows which I find very confusing.

To me its straight forward, either a non EU citizen with a B permit linked to their employment is either eligible for benfits or not. If yes, of course their must be certain criteria that is met, such as the required time limits of paying insurance etc. Despite posing this question many times, the answer is We dont know.

In my case I have applied for the insurance, yet it seems that there is no criteria that I am awaer of against which this will be assesssed. And if there is, no body can seem to tell me what it is.

I find this quite disturbing that one can contribute to the unemployment insurance for the otherwise required time, yet not ever actually be ever entitled to claim such uninsurance. In essence, it isnt then an insurance, but a social security tax. This is fine, but it would be helpful to be told that with certain types of permits that you arent ever actually entitled to claim uninsurance benefits - even if you meet the other criteria - and that you are simply contributing compulsorily to the Swiss social security system.

If anyone has ever been in this situation, or knows something that might help me, Im all ears. I think getting a straight answer on this is something that is important for many of us.

Also, to answer the question that was posed before, I resigned from my job and my 1 year B permit expires in August 2011.

If my situation would be different if I was made redundant or was fired it would also be helpful to know, but even the authorities do not seem to know this. Even the two lawyers I have spoken to on this subject do not seem to know the answer. Hence my exterme confusion, and frustration.

This is one of those times that being an expat is very lonely and daunting and one just doesnt know where to turn or what to do, and cant help but feeling helpless.
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Re: Non EU on 1 yr renewable B Permit eligible for unemployment insurance

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No permot = no work, they are unlikely to give you a permit while you look for work, sorry doesn't work this way. If you are non EU then you permit is well and truely dependant on your employer.
I am non-EU and was laid off, and my permit was renewed and is not tied to any particular employer
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