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Re: Moving to Zurich from Australia

Hi Crossfino

Don't know if this will help, but I had two goes at being transferred to Switzerland with my company (HQd in Switzerland) - one with my Aussie passport (was eligible for British passport but hadn't got around to applying for it, then they postponed job start date + kept me in the UK longer) and then one with British passport. Also have Aussie mate here who's here with partner (partner on L permit) who is looking for work.

Would say that German is not essential to getting job here (pity, since I speak it fluently) but passport is definitely an issue. On the first go, my employer said it would not be a given to get me a work permit on Aussie passport, despite me receiving a decent wage and having a permanent job with no probationary period. Aussie mate's partner has had similar issues - nobody willing to offer job whilst on one year L permit (though is looking in a harder sector than you).

Without wishing to fan the flames, I also flew here several times from the UK (not in Schengen) as well as from elsewhere (within Schengen) in the last 10 years on my Oz passport. After Switzerland joined Schengen I was checked at Zurich airport every sodding time on exit to confirm my entry date (and since I was travelling to Schengen from UK pretty much every week on a 60 page passport, that was a lot of stamps to look through). Same applied to other Schengen exit points, particularly Germany. So I wouldn't plan around being able to overstay the 90 days...

Good luck - it's nice here (though haven't found any good coffee so far )
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Re: Moving to Zurich from Australia

Firstly thank you all for the information I was not expecting such a high volume of responses .

The information has been very useful and helpful so far.

I did forget to mention however that I can obtain a Maltese Passport which is part of the Schengen community. My entire Grand Family are natrual citizens of Malta. So it appears I might have to kick that off asap.

My partner and I have enrolled in a German class which begins this Saturday.

Is there any good Job web sites such as www.seek.com.au that can be recommended or Residental ones like www.realestate.com.au ?

Is there any requirement to have X amount of $$$$ in your account prior to entering the country ?

I guess what I am looking for are gotchas and issues people have ran into so I don't make the same mistakes.

Thanks for the feed back keep it comming

Kind Regards

Chris
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Re: Moving to Zurich from Australia

For property / housing go to www.homegate.ch

For general jobs try www.jobs.ch, but there are many more that are useful.
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