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Possibly moving from Oregon USA to Zurich - hello!

Hi,
I'm Jessica, a mother to two boys and a Shiba Inu, wife, and photographer. My husband is finishing his PhD in cancer research, and we're headed to Zurich later this month for him to interview for a postdoctoral position/check out the city. I've really appreciated all of the information I've found so far on this forum, and I'm excited to possibly put it to good use if we end up moving there!

First, quick question - how much money do we need to make to support a family of four in Switzerland...JUST KIDDING!
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Nice intro. Welcome to the Forum.
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Welcome

Oregon is in my top 5 places to live after retirement
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Re: Possibly moving from Oregon USA to Zurich - hello!

Oregon Population Density: 15 / km2

canton Zurich Population Density: 836 / km2


just saying.
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Welcome Jessica.
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Re: Possibly moving from Oregon USA to Zurich - hello!

Best of luck. I am actually moving to Eastern Washington one March 1. My wife and I have been here for 4 years. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Possibly moving from Oregon USA to Zurich - hello!

Thank you for the welcome! My husband actually ended up getting an offer for a position in Lausanne that he accepted, although we won't be able to move until at least spring 2017. That is definitely later than I had hoped, but I'm excited to plan the move. I'm sure I will need a ton of help, especially since we have two school-aged kids that don't speak French (and I only took German in school, doh!).
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Re: Possibly moving from Oregon USA to Zurich - hello!

to our mad house, Jessica!

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... especially since we have two school-aged kids that don't speak French (and I only took German in school, doh!).
Since you have a few months before coming to Lausanne I suggest you check out the Alliance Française in Portland. A minimal familiarity with French is better than none.
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Thank you for the welcome! My husband actually ended up getting an offer for a position in Lausanne that he accepted, although we won't be able to move until at least spring 2017. That is definitely later than I had hoped, but I'm excited to plan the move. I'm sure I will need a ton of help, especially since we have two school-aged kids that don't speak French (and I only took German in school, doh!).
Well, at least that will give you plenty of time to get things organised.

Your husband or his employer will need to apply for family reunification permits for the rest of you and you'll all need to apply for Type D visas at the Swiss embassy/consulate nearest to you, probably the one in San Francisco.

As well as reading the various sticky threads here on the forum which have a lot of useful info/links I also suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.

Make sure you understand your continuing US tax filing obligations via this link:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/inte...-aliens-abroad

You will find your choice of bank here restricted due to the US's FATCA law - probably only UBS, Credit Suisse and PostFinance will consider you and you'll need to sign W-9 forms to allow the bank to send the account info on to the IRS when you open an account. You will also need to file an FBAR form for any account/s that has an aggregate figure of more than $10,000 at any time of the year.

Whether you get any relocation help or not, one of your criteria should probably be that the house/apartment has it's own washer/dryer. With a house that shouldn't be a problem, but many apartment blocks here have communal laundry facilities which are shared by everyone living in the block. You'd have a time/day in which to do your washing which you may find restrictive.

Lausanne itself is suffering from high demand for propery so you might want to look a bit further outside the city. Also bear in mind that there are "official" moving dates here which are 31st March, 30th June and 30th September. Contracts are organised around these dates so finding a property to rent outside of them may restrict your choice somewhat. There are always properties for rent regardless of the official dates, just not as many to choose from.

Use these websites to get an idea of what's available and what you can afford.

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.home.ch

For private rental, i.e. not through an ageny:

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch

Kitchens, bathrooms, etc, don't get included in the room count although they will be part of the property once you get to the descriptions. With 2 children you need to be looking for at least a 3 (living room and 2 bedrooms) or 3.5 (living/dining room combined and 2 beds) when viewing properties.

With a dog always, ALWAYS please check and double check that your pet is welcome. There's usually a filter on the above sites for places that welcome pets, but a) even places that don't say may take a pet and b) regardless of what the ad may say always confirm this before agreeing to take on a property. Ask for it to be written into the rental contract if you can and also expect to pay a few francs more on your personal liability insurance to cover any doggy damage.

Use this link to find out what you need to do to be able to import your pet.

http://blv.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en

Make sure the microchop is European machine readable, not all the US ones are. You will need to take your dog to a vet here within 10 days of your arrival to be checked over and details entered in the AMICUS database. You will also need to do the mandatory SKN theory and practical course plus there'll probably be a dog tax you'll need to pay at whichever commune you end up living in. Switzerland has very strict dog ownership laws so please have a look down in the Pet Corner of the forum for more info to familiarise yourself on what Switzerland expects from you as a dog owner.

Probably overloading you with info so I'll leave it there. I'm sure you'll have more questions but we're a mostly friendly bunch and happy to answer them.

Best wishes for your new adventure.
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Well, at least that will give you plenty of time to get things organised.

Probably overloading you with info so I'll leave it there. I'm sure you'll have more questions but we're a mostly friendly bunch and happy to answer them.

Best wishes for your new adventure.
I am so sorry, I don't know how I missed your reply! I really appreciate you taking the time to write all that out, it's very helpful. I definitely have a ton more questions, but am trying to find them by searching first.

Thanks again!!
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No worries jessicakate, you have a lot to find out about.

One thing you won't have to do once you arrive is the SKN course. The Federal government decided to no longer make it mandatory, but it's still a good idea to do it if you want to. It'll give you an idea of what the Swiss expect from dog owners and also help you and your dog make new friends. You will need to check on any cantonal requirements though.
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No worries jessicakate, you have a lot to find out about.

One thing you won't have to do once you arrive is the SKN course. The Federal government decided to no longer make it mandatory, but it's still a good idea to do it if you want to. It'll give you an idea of what the Swiss expect from dog owners and also help you and your dog make new friends. You will need to check on any cantonal requirements though.
Thank you for your understanding!

How to bring my dog was the very first thing I researched when he got the job (don't tell my kids!!), but I want to make sure I know all the laws, and unwritten rules, so I'll check out the course.
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You can do the theory part of the course online in English if you want. There are a couple of BLV approved trainers who offer the course, one of which has English.

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...y-courses.html

Good news is now the course isn't mandatory, the price has dropped.

You should be able to find a trainer who teaches in English too for the practical part.
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Oh, Oregon. Would you say it's a nice place for tourists? Have been wondering about visiting Oregon, seems like a fascinating place for some reason.
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Oh, Oregon. Would you say it's a nice place for tourists? Have been wondering about visiting Oregon, seems like a fascinating place for some reason.
I've been a few times. It's well worth a visit. Some of the mountain lodges built in the great depression are worth a visit (and a stay) - Timberline on Mount Hood may be recognizable from the film "The Shining".
Crater Lake is fantastic (also with a lodge).
The coast is great (Cannon Beach and around there especially).
Then there's Mount St.Helens.
Further inland is nice too - Smiths Rock state park especially so.
And then there's the waterfalls on the Hood river.

I wouldn't go especially to visit Portland although it is a pleasant enough city.
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I would definitely recommend it! We have the beach, mountains, high desert, woods, and the gorge, all within a couple hours from Portland.
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