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Living & working in SG for 4 months

Hi all,

I have just moved to Switzerland for work for the next 4 months. I'm living in a small town right on the Austrian border, Diepoldsau. I am working about 20 minutes drive away, right next to Lake Constance.

I'm an American and have recently graduated from university. This is my first time living outside the US. I'm two days into my job and enjoying it so far. My coworkers are friendly, although only a few speak English fluently.

I'm looking forward to experiencing life in Switzerland over the next few months and hope to use this forum as a resource for getting by!

Best,
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Old 04.04.2017, 18:04
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Hi all,

I have just moved to Switzerland for work for the next 4 months. I'm living in a small town right on the Austrian border, Diepoldsau. I am working about 20 minutes drive away, right next to Lake Constance.

I'm an American and have recently graduated from university. This is my first time living outside the US. I'm two days into my job and enjoying it so far. My coworkers are friendly, although only a few speak English fluently.

I'm looking forward to experiencing life in Switzerland over the next few months and hope to use this forum as a resource for getting by!

Best,
always

How did you manage for a permit? Always thought a Grenzgäner/Frontalier permit was mainly for EU citizens and seldom for non EU people?


Good chance to learn German then :-)
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I've got a type D visa, I believe. Not sure if that's the same thing? But yes, I'm excited to pick up a bit of German while I'm here
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I've got a type D visa, I believe. Not sure if that's the same thing? But yes, I'm excited to pick up a bit of German while I'm here
A type D visa does NOT allow you to work in Switzerland, sorry. Hope your employer has sorted your Permit out, otherwise you´d be working illegally.


Is this an internship?
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Re: Living & working in SG for 4 months

Welcome to the forum.

Exactly how did you get this job? Is it some sort of student exchange scheme because there are very strict rules regarding the hiring of non-EU nationals which employers have to meet. If your employer hasn't applied for a Swiss permit on your behalf and had it approved you're working here illegally.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

roegner, his town is in St Gallen canton so he's okay on that front.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diepoldsau

If you got a Type D visa then your permit has probably been approved, but note that the visa is not the permit. They're two separate things. The visa only allows you to enter Switzerland legally for more than 90 days. It's the permit that allows you to live and work here and you have to register with the gemeinde admin office/cantonal migration office to get it issued to you. If you haven't done that already do so asap!
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Re: Living & working in SG for 4 months

Yes, it's a 4-month internship as part of a training program. My company obtained the approval for me, and I picked up the visa in person at a consulate in the US. I am working legally.
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Yes, it's a 4-month internship as part of a training program. My company obtained the approval for me, and I picked up the visa in person at a consulate in the US. I am working legally.


Not with a D visa, you need a work permit and a D visa is not a work permit. Maybe the rules are differently for internships but as a rule a visa is not a permit.
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Re: Living & working in SG for 4 months

Hi and welcome to the forum.

If you're an outdoors kind of person, you're going to love Summer here. What are your interests outside of work?
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Not with a D visa, you need a work permit and a D visa is not a work permit. Maybe the rules are differently for internships but as a rule a visa is not a permit.
They aren't different.

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Yes, it's a 4-month internship as part of a training program. My company obtained the approval for me, and I picked up the visa in person at a consulate in the US. I am working legally.
Not until you've registered with either your gemeinde or the cantonal migration office. If not done yet, do so asap!
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Not with a D visa, you need a work permit and a D visa is not a work permit. Maybe the rules are differently for internships but as a rule a visa is not a permit.
They're not.

That being said, an internship as part of a training program - makes sense he got a permit.

OP, people are right though, you do need to register at the commune and get a real permit; what you currently have only allowed you to enter the country, but not work. It may get you in trouble if you don't register properly.

Other than that, enjoy your time here!
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Re: Living & working in SG for 4 months

We might be working very closely to each other. Rorschach?

If you fancy to know where the cheapest (and best) Thai lunch buffet deal is located, let me know
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Hi all,

I have just moved to Switzerland for work for the next 4 months. I'm living in a small town right on the Austrian border, Diepoldsau. I am working about 20 minutes drive away, right next to Lake Constance.

I'm an American and have recently graduated from university. This is my first time living outside the US. I'm two days into my job and enjoying it so far. My coworkers are friendly, although only a few speak English fluently.

I'm looking forward to experiencing life in Switzerland over the next few months and hope to use this forum as a resource for getting by!

Best,
always
Hi always, welcome to Switzerland and to EF. I'm sure you did not want to discuss whether you're legally here or not
Just read your other thread .... you do live in the sticks, I hope you like nature. I'm sure you can go hiking, fishing, mountain-biking out there.

Seems you have a car. 20 minutes from Diepoldsau to next to lake Constance (which is the German name, we like to call it Bodensee )would indeed be Rorschach, where YuropFlyer said he/she works. So I suggest you get very friendly with YuropFlyer and you have a better chance not to fall into lonelyness in the coming months.
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Re: Living & working in SG for 4 months

Hi! Welcome to Switzerland and St. Gallen.

While it is definitely not as active as the bigger cities, there are many internationals around. Have a look on Meetup or check out Internations for events.

I'm also in the area if you are interested in meeting up sometime.
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We might be working very closely to each other. Rorschach?

If you fancy to know where the cheapest (and best) Thai lunch buffet deal is located, let me know
Asian restaurants in Austria cost about half of what you pay on this side of the border, often less if they have some kind of buffet or lunch special. With Austria close by I somehow doubt that tip is of much use.
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Asian restaurants in Austria cost about half of what you pay on this side of the border, often less if they have some kind of buffet or lunch special. With Austria close by I somehow doubt that tip is of much use.
If OP is working in Rorschach, the next Austrian town (really just a small town - there is an Asian restaurant there, though..) is 10km away by car - one way. 20km Roundtrip costs roughly 14 CHF - if you've a small car, 10 CHF.

The Thai place I know has lunch buffet for 12 CHF - including a coffee if you smile at the owner With a drink, we're talking 16 CHF.

Apart from the ride taking roughly 30min (but some people probably don't put a value in their time?), that means you could eat for around 6€ in Austria, to get the same value. Or if you share the car costs on 4 people, for around 12€. Well, I'm getting paid (roughly) 50 CHF per hour. So driving 30min for lunch to save a few bucks, even if the car ride would be free, is simply not worth it.

"Going over the border" is great if you can combine a few things, and would have to drive somewhere anyway. But if you're having to drive 20km to save a few bucks on a lunch meal, sorry, but that's not economically..

Also, I'd think twice about going abroad for EVERYTHING. If you want Swiss wages, you should spend your money in Switzerland. Unless a product is seriously overpriced, of course.. but lunch for 1/3rd more expensive certainly isn't..
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That's competitive indeed. However I had evenings in mind as he works away from home.

Lustenau with 20k residents is the immediate neighbor of Diepoldsau, Dornbirn with 40-50k residents is only a few km away. That makes distance a non-issue.
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