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Thinking of making the move to CH

Hello!
I live in the UK and am thinking of making the move to CH with my family (husband and 2 small kiddos). I hold Swiss, UK and USA citizenships, and I lived in CH as a teenager and later in my late 20's. I'm wondering if it's time to move back now that I have children and if it's a place I'd like for them to grow up.

I've been reading through the EF for tips/advice/suggestions to help me decide about the move. I am applying for a job in Zuerich, and fingers crossed hope to get an interview. I just want to be prepared in case I am offered the job, and I'm doing all my research beforehand so as to be able to accept the job (or decline as the case may be!) if I am successful in the interview. All speculative at the moment, as I haven't yet sent in my application!
To that end, I'm going to post a thread on the Employment section, as I've got a question about what to include on CV which I have yet found the answer to in previous threads.

If I do end up moving to the Zuerich area, I hope to get to know some of you better!
Cheers
J
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Welcome! Are you our first tri-national member?!
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Thanks!
Ummm, yes? Not sure how many other people out there have three nationalities?
Hopefully will help me with getting work!
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Re: Thinking of making the move to CH

Not with American it won't. Don't mention it to anyone when applying for jobs here, say you're only Swiss/UK. Don't use your US passport if you have one. The new FATCA law that the Americans are bringing in has caused many problems and heartaches for Americans here. The Swiss banks don't want to know them and even some companies aren't keen, especially if you're likely to have signing authority for financial accounts. Google FATCA to find out more, and also search for threads here for what's been happening.

You do know that as an American you should be filing US tax returns every year don't you?

My advice, if you don't plan to live/work in the US ever, then renounce the citizenship and just stick with the other two.

That shock announcement said, welcome to the forum and I hope the job hunt goes well. Have you been back to Switzerland recently to visit family or just for a holiday? It's quite different from the UK as you know so wondering if you're planning to spring Switzerland on them without any prior experience of the place. If they've already visited then they'll know what to expect more.
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Not sure how many other people out there have three nationalities?
My daughters currently do, but are planning on dropping the US.

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Re: Thinking of making the move to CH

If you are applying for jobs in the financial sector, it may be
wise to leave out the US citizenship and mention Swiss
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Re: Thinking of making the move to CH

Thanks very much everyone for your responses.

Yes, I did know about filing taxes every year. I haven't lived in the USA in quite a number of years, husband is English. We have been to Switzerland on holiday a couple of times to visit my Swiss side of the family, so he's familiar.

Job is in a university, and they posted the job advert on an American higher education jobs website, so I'm thinking that they are OK with Americans applying (otherwise, why advertise to them?). I think I'll list my three citizenships on my CV, and then make a bigger deal of being Swiss in my covering letter.

I'll just go for it and see what happens!
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Re: Thinking of making the move to CH

They probably know they'll be able to get a permit for any succesful American applicants then. Still, mentioning that you also have Swiss and UK nationalities could well be a bonus. Makes you even more international.
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