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Hi, I just arrived in Geneva with my polish girlfriend. At the moment we are staying at my friends house and we have NO IDEA of how anything works. My friend has gone away on holiday and wont be back for a while, therefor we really cant count on him for any information.
Our french is basic, we are both 30yrs old and we would very much apreciate it if anyone could guide us on where to go and what to do. How to get ourselves legalized, getting jobs and any other useful information. Thanking you all in advance, LN.
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Old 25.05.2011, 15:52
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hello........always good to be prepared

best advice is to give yourself a couple of hours and search the site thoroughly, then come back with specifics

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Cheers, will do
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Wow, thats a lot, but for relaxtion, and to cool down the stress, you and your friend should vist the Montreux region its only 45 min with the train from geneva, and its much hotter, and private places to swim on the lake, you dont have this in geneva, about legal issues, you should start by registering your self at the local goverment office, its a lot of imformation,, so send me a message and I can give you so good advice
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Old 25.05.2011, 17:25
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just saying welcome to Geneva and to the forum

search through the forum, there's some good stuff and information.

Usually stuff about Geneva are tagged "geneva".
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Thanks for the support Everyone here is very welcoming.... makes being here suddenly feel less stressful
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Old 25.05.2011, 17:37
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I see you're from Portugal. There's a strong Portuguese community in Geneva (well, I think)
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Yes, I have portuguese nationality but i lived all my life in Manchester and yes I have noticed a vast amount of portuguese in and around the Geneva area.
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Old 25.05.2011, 17:53
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Re: New in Geneva

I think that's due to the language not being so far from French really. Good luck, nomad, and welcome to the forum. I know there are a lot of Polish people in Ge, too. Check out the Tribune de Geneve at the beginning of the week for job posts, also, search here for job portals.
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Re: New in Geneva

Hi welcome to Geneva, I'm also new to here, moved late Feb this year from London, still learning how almost everything works!
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Cheers... unfortunately it's not as easy as we figured.
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No, it's not, it is really difficult, especially in the most expensive place in CH. Good luck, though, summer should bring some little work here and there. Try the message boards at unies, Bastions, Mail, Duffour, go check out their message boards, there are jobs/apartments, etc.
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Thanks for the advise, i will definately be checking out those sites. I'm not worried about house as I've got a accomodation for the next 9months, my real worry is finding a job :/
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Thanks for the advise, i will definately be checking out those sites. I'm not worried about house as I've got a accomodation for the next 9months, my real worry is finding a job :/
What kind of a job, though...Anything? Just to stay here? You have to have a strategy, first get your degrees recognized, while you are making a plan: search here for job sites, plaster your CV all over them, check every day, see newspapers for job posts, too, check out the uni message boards and offer summer classes of whatever, or cleaning, sitting for your girlfriend, etc. Geneva isn't exactly a place to be without income, horrendously pricey. I know it is cool to be nomad, but there are more and less suitable places for doing so. Shop for food over the boarder, Intermarché offers some great deals on food.
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Re: New in Geneva

Welcome to the city of Calvin Nomad.

You did not mention what kind of job you are looking for. For UE citizens, once you find an employer ready to hire you, getting legalized is a simple formality.
You are allowed to start working the day your papers are filed with the OCP.

Good luck and feel free to ask questions on the site, there's a great bunch of well informed and well intentioned people around.

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Old 26.05.2011, 13:07
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Re: New in Geneva

I wonder if you and your girlfriend could actually do some kind of summer day camps for kids, if you have a house at your disposal..But am not sure of the requirements, stop by here to ask, they could also tell you how to become a registered child carer. Another place could be this, I know they take volunteers, but many of my friends got a job in the city doing volunteering work at first.
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I have a certificate in construction design (dessinateur du batiment), it's in portuguese but translated into english by the english consulate and also some experience as a labourer. I also have alot of experience in the catering industry as I was a team leader for companies such as Nando's and Pret a manger in the UK. I've also worked as a recepcionist for many holiday resorts in the Algarve. I'm fluent in a few languages, which also might help. At this point I'm very willing to take up any kind of job. Once again thank you all for this very useful infomation.
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I have a certificate in construction design (dessinateur du batiment), it's in portuguese but translated into english by the english consulate and also some experience as a labourer. I also have alot of experience in the catering industry as I was a team leader for companies such as Nando's and Pret a manger in the UK. I've also worked as a recepcionist for many holiday resorts in the Algarve. I'm fluent in a few languages, which also might help. At this point I'm very willing to take up any kind of job. Once again thank you all for this very useful infomation.
That looks like a good prospect, no need to look into the petites mains work. I saw some stuff yesterday at Tribune de Geneve, they do have a few postings for your kind of trade every week.
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Re: New in Geneva

In the little town I used to live in there was a 'cercle portuguese', and italien and espagnol, probably others too. These are social clubs where folks watch football and drink beer and eat potluck dinners and such. And they weren't segregated- if you wanted cheap beer you headed chez les portugueses and downed some Super Bocks .

Might be worthwhile to seek out something similar in Geneva to get a feel for what's hopping workwise. I tried a little search but came up short with the above term, maybe it's called something else in Geneva.
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In the little town I used to live in there was a 'cercle portuguese', and italien and espagnol, probably others too. These are social clubs where folks watch football and drink beer and eat potluck dinners and such. And they weren't segregated- if you wanted cheap beer you headed chez les portugueses and downed some Super Bocks .

Might be worthwhile to seek out something similar in Geneva to get a feel for what's hopping workwise. I tried a little search but came up short with the above term, maybe it's called something else in Geneva.
There is all portuguese kitchen/resto. I am sure they should know something, might even look for some help, or so. Portuguese immigrants are the largest minority here, if I am not mistaken, it shouldn't be hard to localize, plus uni has their club, too. Hence my efforts to point out campuses Good luck, OP.
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