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Old 21.07.2017, 12:43
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camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

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can you long time ch residents comment on this a bit. I never did it although I have been in camp sites since I was a kid but of course only on summer holidays... I understand that these people can save a lot of money but how they declare residence ? May be I too would consider this but is it legal ?

Although I must admit I used to sleep in the car when travelling alone in Ch to save money.
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Old 21.07.2017, 13:19
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

I think they declare via sb else. I fear for them being exploited. Spain situ has been looking bleak for eons and might not look better soon. I think a month might be an official limit, longer is maybe possible thanks to charitable spirit of campsites managers, but not sure.
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Old 21.07.2017, 14:07
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

It´s legal-ish, as least some campsites offer year round camping as a resident, however it has to be in a caravan or a shack.
The one in Kaiseraugst has shacks to rent.
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Old 21.07.2017, 22:33
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

My guess is they are not registered at all especially if this guy really is being paid 300F a week. No way he would be granted a permit with no contract and such a salary.
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

This is not legal, obviously. For HR purposes, one needs to have a document from the canton stating your address (I imagine for tax purposes) and for legal employment you need a valid permit.

If you are an EU citizen, its possible to visit up to 3 months on a tourist VISA and then look for work, but you have to expressively tell your employer that and register with the local authority.

It seems that getting an offer while abroad is quite difficult while starting in the country, no. Possible routes are moving to Germany/France and be a part of about 300.000 citizens who commute daily. Obvs, as soon you find a job there, you might want to move, but these 300k have preferred not

If you're not an EU citizen, I think it's illegal to even search for work while on a tourist VISA. Also, considering that anything illegal is not the Swiss way of doing things, you might find yourself employed by very unsavoury characters, something of a risk in a foreign country.

A good source of information is swissinfo.ch

(Disclaimer: comments are made with a free spirit and are not legal advice).
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Old 22.07.2017, 22:03
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

Good try, but not quite right.

An EU national doesn't need a tourist visa to be in Switzerland for up to 3 months since Switzerland signed up to the Free Movement Agreement and is part of the Schengen Area. If they accept an offer of employment then yes, they must register as being resident here before they start work.

A non-EU national can look for work while here as a tourist (not every non-EU needs a tourist visa either, but all are limited to a maximum of 90 days in the Schengen Area), but can't start work until their permit (which has to be applied for by the prospective employer) has been approved by the Swiss authorities. They may also need to return to their home country to apply for a Type D visa to allow them to enter Switzerland long term, i.e. for more than the 90 day tourist limit.

Better sources of info are:

www.ch.ch

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...z-eu-efta.html
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

transition period is here in question.

I was thinking what would be the best way (cheapest) to stay in CH for sometime while looking for a job. Say couple of weeks.

Campsites are OK. Hostels are ok too, also AirBnB is affordable...

Speaking about first residence permit in Ch I ve heard that in some Kantons the police accepts for residence address that of your company, provided of course that you will inform them as soon as you find some normal place to live (appartment, WG....)
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Speaking about first residence permit in Ch I ve heard that in some Kantons the police accepts for residence address that of your company, provided of course that you will inform them as soon as you find some normal place to live (appartment, WG....)
Not anymore afaik, hotels still work though
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Re: camping in switzerland while looking for a job and even working

Go to an all year round campsite and ask the residents, if anyone knows the rules or how to work with them they will.

I stayed 2 x weeks in a tent with my dog before I bought my home, freaked the agents head in
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thanks bainzy, I certainly will.

roegner,

I was in Lugano immi office and asked them what should I put as an address if I still haven-t found one. Because in order to find an appartment you need a permit, but to have a permit you need an address.

So they said to me that the company will take care. Later I have heard similar story from a friend but from Uri. It was 2 years ago we are both EU citizens.
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thanks bainzy, I certainly will.

roegner,

I was in Lugano immi office and asked them what should I put as an address if I still haven-t found one. Because in order to find an appartment you need a permit, but to have a permit you need an address.

So they said to me that the company will take care. Later I have heard similar story from a friend but from Uri. It was 2 years ago we are both EU citizens.
This has been said many times before - you don't need a permit to rent an apartment here. You will need an acceptable address to get a permit. Acceptable addresses are apartments/houses with a rental contract, long term AirBnB with a rental contract and confirmation of long stay booking in an hotel. Somewhere that you can put your name on the mail box or can receive mail so your permit can be sent to you when it's ready.
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Good try, but not quite right.

An EU national doesn't need a tourist visa to be in Switzerland for up to 3 months since Switzerland signed up to the Free Movement Agreement and is part of the Schengen Area. If they accept an offer of employment then yes, they must register as being resident here before they start work.

A non-EU national can look for work while here as a tourist (not every non-EU needs a tourist visa either, but all are limited to a maximum of 90 days in the Schengen Area), but can't start work until their permit (which has to be applied for by the prospective employer) has been approved by the Swiss authorities. They may also need to return to their home country to apply for a Type D visa to allow them to enter Switzerland long term, i.e. for more than the 90 day tourist limit.

Better sources of info are:

www.ch.ch

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...z-eu-efta.html
Hey Medea, thanks for your info, being a EU citizen I must admit I was a bit confused on what we actually needed to do, since it seems we can look for work, but need to be registered with the local authority before we accept the offer. Thanks for the links also!
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