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From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hey just introducing myself, a New Zealander with UK dual citizenship who is about to venture out towards Switzerland, with my girlfriend of ~7 years.

We're currently in Wellington, NZ, leaving tomorrow morning, still got lots of packing to do so this will be short, but this forum seems great and is definitely a great source of information and advice!

My girlfriend's father is swiss so we have a village full of uncles/aunties/cousins to go stay with near Lucerne. I'm a software developer so fancy my chances of finding work, and we've both learnt a bit of German so far so the dream is to successfully settle in Zurich or Lucerne or anywhere where German will help us to get by.

Before we get to Lucerne we've got some travelling to do in the UK, and actually after dumping posessions in Switzerland we are heading down to Italy and taking a month or more to explore.
My first question was going to be what shall I say on entry to Switzerland - I'm a EU passport holder and going to be looking for work, but maybe I shouldn't tell anyone that until I re-enter Switzerland a bit later. I don't think its a critical question.


In the meantime, hi, more questions to come, hopefully things go well for us and I can tell a successful story on here someday.
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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy EF and CH!

As a UK citizen, you can visit CH anytime, thanks to Schengen (among other things). When you decide to move here (take up residence), you'll need to register with your local governmental authority ("gemeinde", in German) and get a residence permit ("Ausländerausweis"). You won't need to prove any employment to get this permit.

Enjoy your travels. You're visiting at just the right time of year!
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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi! Have a good flight, it's a long one.
You have picked the perfect time to arrive! Spring is beautiful.
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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi Simmer, welcome to the EF. Moving to a small village, they will all be expecting you.Good luck with the German, it changes from area to area,and the people are proud of there dialects.Every one will great you, just say hello. Enjoy your time.
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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi there Simmer - your story seems soooo familiar

There are a number of engineering firms which will be happy to have you if you have a bit of experience under your belt.

Soak in the views of the harbour while you still can
And wave to my parents in jville as you fly over them
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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi Simmer!

Welcome to EF

I would definitely go for Luzern instead of Zürich . But I'm biased as I'll be moving there next year.

You should be able to find a job as a developer relatively easily either in Luzern itself or in Zug, which is nearby (15mins by train). In the event that you can only get something in Zürich, you can always take the express (45mins or so). Check out the big insurance, diagnostics and pharmaceutical etc. companies (CSS versicherung (insurance), novartis, roche) for development jobs.

Hope you had a good flight, and enjoy your travels and family.

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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi Simmer!

I second the above. Luzern is lovely! Hope to see you round these parts. And there may be jobs in software slightly south of Luzern too, at the major Swiss aircraft manufacturer in Nidwalden.

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Re: From NZ, destined for Switzerland, Hello!

Hi and welcome,

For your trip to Italy have a look at some of the offers with SBB (www.sbb.ch), it may work out cheaper by train. You get to see more too.
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