Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Introductions  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01.07.2011, 04:23
Yitzbah77's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 14
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yitzbah77 has no particular reputation at present
Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Hello everyone,

You read the title correctly! I am a Swiss Citizen and I have never lived in my own country. A little about me; My name is Sammie and I've been living in the United States my whole life but I hold a dual citizenship. My parents thought it was best that our family stayed in the US to remain close to my grandparents, on both my mother's as well as my father's side. Well in the mean time as many years have passed my family here in the US has become much smaller and majority of my family lives back in Switzerland.
I was hoping that some of you may be able to point me in the right direction about moving back being as I am very young at the age of 21. I have been on my own since I was 17, and due to the fact that I was in the military I am used to the Idea of moving across the world. My major set backs are two things: First off as I just stated I've been in the military since I was 17 and I have only known an adult life of that. So when it comes to job skills and job experience I know that more people will be better qualified. Secondly, my German is American high school and self taught because I've never had anyone to teach me properly. I can hold a small conversation that can get me by with the basics.
So with that being said here come my questions! Seeing as most people will probably think that I am butchering their native tongue, is there a school for adults that I could go to learn the language without paying an arm and leg? I have looked online for a while now and all I can seem to find are programs for people looking to study abroad. My next question is, since I've only known an American military life how hard would it be for me to find a job since I don't have much experience? Thirdly, how would I go about looking for places to live in Switzerland? I have not had much luck looking myself and I don't want to be a burden on my family when I arrive there so I would like to find a place before hand or at least right away when I get there.
I know it seems a bit crazy that I want to move to Switzerland with everything I just told you but unfortunately since I can no longer serve in the military after my injury, I have nothing left here. So your answers and any help you have to offer me would be very much appreciated!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01.07.2011, 06:13
Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Lausanne
Posts: 145
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 60 Times in 36 Posts
Quebecman is considered knowledgeableQuebecman is considered knowledgeableQuebecman is considered knowledgeable
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

It's night time in Switzerland.
While everyone is asleep, I can tell you what to expect in the many replies that you will get when the Swiss members of this forum crawl out of bed and get back to their computers. It can be summarized in 2 points:
1. They will say that you are very lucky to have your Swiss citizenship.
2. They will say that life in Switzerland is VERY VERY VERY VERY expensive.
Well, that sums up what I have learned after reading this forum for about a month.
Cheers!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01.07.2011, 07:04
jetset's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Canton Zurich
Posts: 279
Groaned at 5 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 166 Times in 69 Posts
jetset has earned the respect of manyjetset has earned the respect of manyjetset has earned the respect of many
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Welcome to the forum! Are you able to live with any of your remaining family for a little bit while you give your Swiss existence a go? If you can find the right family members, it may not be a terrible way to start off things here, especially since you don't yet have a job. It'd also be a helpful way to be immersed in the language. I see nothing wrong with living with friends or family for awhile while you try to get your sea legs.

And yes, you are VERY lucky to have the dual-citizenship thing going on. I envy my daughters who also are dual Swiss-American citizens.

Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01.07.2011, 07:21
armandair
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Welcome soon in Switzerland

The Swiss are quite open minded for their nationals, if they want to come back.

Here a few links:

http://www.expatica.com/ch/essential...tes_17328.html

This is the Auslandschweizer organisation
www.aso.ch

Also there is something on www.eda.ch, where they say repatriation is available and they also provide financial help. They even help you to find a job.

http://www.ch.ch/schweiz/00156/00168/index.html?lang=en

To be honest, I would not emphasize too much your military experience. The Swiss have somewhat a different approach to that than the (US) Americans.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 01.07.2011, 07:24
Yitzbah77's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 14
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yitzbah77 has no particular reputation at present
Quebecman: I wasn't expecting any responses right away I knew it would be a while before I learned all the right things or received good advice. As for having my citizenship I know how lucky I am to have it.

Jetset: I have family that I know I can stay with, but like I said I do not want to be a burden on them. However, even though I will not be working as soon as I arrive in Switzerland, I will still be receiving an income from which I can support myself. Also I wanted to thank you for welcoming me!

armandair: Thank you for those links I appreciate it. I know Switzerland has much different views when it comes to military, I just wanted to give people an idea of where I was coming from work wise.

Last edited by Longbyt; 01.07.2011 at 11:02. Reason: consecutive posts, same poster
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01.07.2011, 07:58
armandair
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Hope you can organise your move - Switzerland is a beautiful country


Here another link:

http://www.swissemigration.ch/themen...x.html?lang=en

Last edited by armandair; 01.07.2011 at 08:30.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 01.07.2011, 08:40
Fridge's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Zürich
Posts: 687
Groaned at 23 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 757 Times in 331 Posts
Fridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Well, you'll be exempted from the draft here... that makes one thing simpler.

Unfortunately, the social assistance for "returning-swiss" was just reduced (again) in January - this puts a bit more pressure on making things happen quickly (kind of an oxymoron in Switzerland).

As for the German... well, the "general, average" Swiss doesn't consider High-German to be their mother-tongue and there are political connotations to it, what with the German migrations inevitable culture-clash that brings and historical "reasons". So go and butcher it all you want, they won't care as long as it's somewhat understandable. There are schools for adults, but they all cost an arm, leg and your first-born.
__________________
The red blobs are all mine, you can't have 'em back!!! Bwahahaha!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01.07.2011, 09:43
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 38
Groaned at 5 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 29 Times in 16 Posts
POWERlifter has earned some respectPOWERlifter has earned some respect
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Hey Sammie

I wouldnt worry at all.
If you REALLY want to live here... and you REALLY want to learn the language, go for it.

Just go talking directly to the gemeinde/municipality which is your heimatort to see what support they can offer.
You have a highschool diploma? Since youre only 21, they will highly recomend you to start an apprentice education here. The economy is going so well, that there is higher demand for trainees than supply - that must sound crazy for an American. Especially in construction, food, health and techindustries. If you like to become a nurse they will even pay your flight ticket
http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wirtscha...story/16086741

Just in canton Zürich there's still demand for over 2000 trainess - which should start in a few months...
http://www.berufsberatung.ch/dyn/245...?countycode=zh

You wont earn enough during this 3 or 4 year education program to support your life, so youll have to live with your relatives or get social welfare - I think you would even qualify for that.

Yes, thats what socialist Europe is all about

Last edited by POWERlifter; 01.07.2011 at 09:53.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01.07.2011, 09:57
Yitzbah77's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 14
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yitzbah77 has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

armandair: Once again thank you for those links they were very helpful!

Fridge: What if I wanted to serve in the military just to get my footing and understand the country a little better, how would I find out more information on that?

Powerlifter: I am very determined to learn the language, I've been practicing for a while its just hard when you have no one who can help you. I do have a high school diploma, and I even studied at University but never had the chance to finish because of my job. I would love to start an apprentice education but I do not read or write German. So I think that would be a big problem for me. Which is why I was looking for schools to help me learn. Also my family is in Zurich so those links you sent me are very helpful thank you! Another question I had for you was that you stated if I wanted to become a nurse they would pay for my flight. Are the medical jobs there in high demand because that is what I was studying while at University.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01.07.2011, 09:59
Fridge's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Zürich
Posts: 687
Groaned at 23 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 757 Times in 331 Posts
Fridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond reputeFridge has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Quote:
View Post

Fridge: What if I wanted to serve in the military just to get my footing and understand the country a little better, how would I find out more information on that?
You can't. You served in the armed forces of a foreign power, and so are excluded from participation in Switzerland.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 01.07.2011, 10:22
möpp's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,201
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 1,079 Times in 547 Posts
möpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Quote:
View Post
Another question I had for you was that you stated if I wanted to become a nurse they would pay for my flight. Are the medical jobs there in high demand because that is what I was studying while at University.
As far as I know there's an acute shortage of nursing personnel. Zurich has a number of large city hospitals and the central University Hospital (i.e. state run and not private). It might really be worthwhile checking into that. Here are three of the largest:

Triemli Spital http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/triemli/...resources.html

Universitätsspital: http://www.en.usz.ch/Pages/default.aspx

Waid Spital: http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/waid/en/index.html

Good luck!
Nicola
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank möpp for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 01.07.2011, 10:27
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Zürich
Posts: 38
Groaned at 5 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 29 Times in 16 Posts
POWERlifter has earned some respectPOWERlifter has earned some respect
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Quote:
View Post
you stated if I wanted to become a nurse they would pay for my flight.
if youre a cardiologist they probably will

http://www.puls-berufe.ch/
http://www.puls-berufe.ch/?page=128

give me a break....
politicians are discussing about importing Philippine nurses (German?) and free schooling for wifes of immigrants to become nurses?

now go back to your German online tuition...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank POWERlifter for this useful post:
  #13  
Old 01.07.2011, 11:04
Yitzbah77's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 14
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yitzbah77 has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Fridge: Thanks for the information. A little sad to know but it does make sense.

Nicola: Thank you for those links I'll look into that and see if I can benefit from it! Also I was wondering, I assume all of my schooling in the US would not apply for obvious reasons. Is nursing something you study as an apprentice or at University?

Powerlifter: I thought there was a catch, but no harm in asking! Thanks for the information you've been very helpful.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 01.07.2011, 11:59
möpp's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Zurich
Posts: 1,201
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 1,079 Times in 547 Posts
möpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond reputemöpp has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Quote:
View Post
Nicola: Thank you for those links I'll look into that and see if I can benefit from it! Also I was wondering, I assume all of my schooling in the US would not apply for obvious reasons. Is nursing something you study as an apprentice or at University?
Here's a link to start with (sorry, only in German). I guess you could contact them ("Kontakt") in English to find out more:
http://www.pflegeausbildung.ch/
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 01.07.2011, 22:14
Yitzbah77's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Miami, Florida
Posts: 14
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Yitzbah77 has no particular reputation at present
Re: Swiss Citizen moving to Swizterland .... for the first time!?

Nicola: Thanks for that link took me a little while to have everything translated but it certainly helped! I now officially have my goals job wise set I just need to keep doing my homework and research. Once again I can't thank you enough for those links!
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
US Citizen, Swiss husband, and moving to Switzerland Kgerber Permits/visas/government 4 23.12.2011 21:59
US citizen marrying Swiss citizen? jonnasue Permits/visas/government 2 15.09.2010 12:28
moving to swizterland ruthiee Permits/visas/government 2 15.01.2010 21:27
possibly moving to Swizterland [now the price of food] sooner1 Daily life 105 15.05.2008 04:13


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 13:02.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0