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Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

Hello, I'm 24 years old and Live in Denmark on an island called Bornholm, I work at a ferry company that travels to Germany Sweden and Zealand (another island in Denmark)




I've been in Switzerland around 4-5 times. My uncle moved to Switzerland around 25 years ago and my two cousins are born in Kaiseragust.


I've always wanted to move to Switzerland but I've never really tried, but this time I really want to try to save up to live in Aargau or around Basel for around 5-6 months and maybe when im there ill figure out if its possible to stay longer (doesnt need to be in Kaiseraugst I assume I could just take the train when Im going to visit family.)




Does anyone know if its possible to find some kind of job to do while im there?
I speak Danish and English so I know that it can be a problem that I do not speak german. It wouldnt have to be a super good paying job as I would spend around a year here in Denmark saving up for the months living in Switzerland.


I've seen that when you live in EU you are allowed to be there 3 months, and then 3 months more as job seeking.


What do you guys think about my idea? Is it possible? and how much do you think I would need to save up


Thanks in advance.
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

Welcome to the forum.

It's possible, but of course depends on what skills you can offer to employers. There are plenty of ships operating on the lakes here.

You'd need to figure on CHF100 per day. So since EU nationals can be here as a tourist for up to 3 months to look for a job that's around CHF9,000. If you want/need to stay longer than that you'll have to register as being a resident and would need to show a similar amount for the next 3 months. So you're looking at around CHF18,000 for 6 months.
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You'd need to figure on CHF100 per day. So since EU nationals can be here as a tourist for up to 3 months to look for a job that's around CHF9,000.
For the first three months as an EU citizen with mere tourist status and not registered, you don't have to show/provide proof of any amount to anyone.
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For the first three months as an EU citizen with mere tourist status and not registered, you don't have to show/provide proof of any amount to anyone.
No, you don't. But you do need to be able to support yourself while on holiday.
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No, you don't. But you do need to be able to support yourself while on holiday.
Yes but you don't necessarily need 100 francs per day. There are lots of ways to spend less.
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Yes but you don't necessarily need 100 francs per day. There are lots of ways to spend less.
It's a guideline, no?
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And not a bad one
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Possibly. I'm not sure where the figure comes from. Even after the first three months when one registers, it is not compulsory to show that amount. Also a permit can be granted for a part time job that brings in less than that, even before tax and other deductions.
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Possibly. I'm not sure where the figure comes from. Even after the first three months when one registers, it is not compulsory to show that amount. Also a permit can be granted for a part time job that brings in less than that, even before tax and other deductions.
But it's still a good idea for someone with no clue at all to have a figure to aim at. It feels like you're nitpicking.
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Welcome to the forum.

It's possible, but of course depends on what skills you can offer to employers. There are plenty of ships operating on the lakes here.

You'd need to figure on CHF100 per day. So since EU nationals can be here as a tourist for up to 3 months to look for a job that's around CHF9,000. If you want/need to stay longer than that you'll have to register as being a resident and would need to show a similar amount for the next 3 months. So you're looking at around CHF18,000 for 6 months.

Thanks a lot for the answer.


I've been working as a Janitor (being doing different kinds of stuff but that is the closest i could come to the english title) on huge ferrys, and from next month I will be working the bistro on a new ferry selling food to customers, so I will get experience in that too before I come to Switzerland. I think it might be possible to come to Switzerland and stay for 3 months if i save up for around 8 months or less.


Do you by any chance know any of those ship companies that I can contact?


If you or anyone else have other ideas for some jobs I can try my luck at in switzerland then please feel free to post, any infomation helps


So if I save up for the money to stay there for 3-6 months do you guys then think it will be possible to find some job there too?
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

These are some of them

https://www.cgn.ch/en/cgn-mobilite

https://www.kornferry.com/office/zurich

https://www.bls.ch/en/fahren/fahrplan/bls-linien

https://www.zsg.ch/en/timetable-pric...es-information

https://www.lakelugano.ch/en

Job prospects may also depend on how well you can communicate in a Swiss language: German, French or Italian depending on what part of the country you're in.
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

Thanks a lot, Ill have a look


My only languages are english and danish.


If I cant find a job then I might look into helping people for free (are there orgs in switzerland where you can do that?)


Or I might spend those 3 months trying to find something to do in the next 3 months (or hopefully before the 3 first months ends)
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Yes, but you'd only be able to do those after the 3 months if you can support yourself financially since you'd have to register as being a resident. Shouldn't be a problem for the first 3, I don't think you need to be a resident to volunteer, but again that might depend on the organisation.
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Yes, but you'd only be able to do those after the 3 months if you can support yourself financially since you'd have to register as being a resident. Shouldn't be a problem for the first 3, I don't think you need to be a resident to volunteer, but again that might depend on the organisation.

Thank you


Does my ideas sound possible to you? or do you think I should do it another way?
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

Oh, I think you should try it! As long as you set aside enough money to return to Denmark, if nothing works out here… you have very little to lose, really.

Here is a very long, friendly thread with a lot of good ideas about finding work in Switzerland with no qualifications, or if one's qualifications are not recognised in Switzerland. I recommend that you take the time to work through the whole thread, as it is one of the best about this, on this forum.
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...fications.html
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Oh, I think you should try it! As long as you set aside enough money to return to Denmark, if nothing works out here… you have very little to lose, really.

Here is a very long, friendly thread with a lot of good ideas about finding work in Switzerland with no qualifications, or if one's qualifications are not recognised in Switzerland. I recommend that you take the time to work through the whole thread, as it is one of the best about this, on this forum.
https://www.englishforum.ch/employme...fications.html

Awesome, thanks a lot


What do you think about saving up to buy a car and drive few months for uber?



Like if I cant find something until im there then ill be there for 3 months, and if I havent found anything in those 3 months then if I have enough saved up I could try uber? is that a possible idea?
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

You'd probably need local road knowledge and also have to register as being self-employed possibly (not sure how Uber is viewed in Switzerland for employment) so you'd have to present a good business plan and have the finances to support yourself to get a permit from the canton. And how are you going to talk to your customers?
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You'd probably need local road knowledge and also have to register as being self-employed possibly (not sure how Uber is viewed in Switzerland for employment) so you'd have to present a good business plan and have the finances to support yourself to get a permit from the canton. And how are you going to talk to your customers?

Good points, I'm not sure if english is enough if I were to drive around Basel or Zurich, it would also be kind of a last resort idea if i couldnt find anything else, going to try to find other stuff first, or just stay 3 months first and try to find jobs that way
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

Alecander, would it be an option for you to stay with your relatives in Kaiseraugst? That might provide flexibility time-wise and would probably reduce your costs.

I've been working for a few years for a shipping company on the Bodensee (Lake of Constance). In the backoffice, but still.

AFAIK all domestic shipping companies are members of the VSSU, the Association of Swiss Navigation Companies, see vssu.ch or schweizer-schifffahrt.ch.

Business on the Swiss lakes is highly seasonal. Very much so. There are two types of employees, the shipping crews and the restaurant crews. The shipping crews are usually permanently employed, broadly speaking they work on the lake in the summer and in the shipyard in the winter. Personnel turnover is very low. Transport of persons is tightly regulated for passenger safety reasons so I think you're unlikely to get a short-term employment in this area.

The restaurant crews however, waiters in particular, are mostly employed during the summer season only. Getting a 3-month job there at common conditions (that is, enough to live on, perhaps save a bit if you're a peoples person [good for the tips] and the weather is touristy like this year) should be doable. You may need to speak the local language at an acceptable level though.

Although that doesn't hurt, your experience would probably be more valuable for this type of job if you did some waiting instead of serving at a kiosk. Perhaps that's doable? Don't let that deter you if it isn't, I've seen quite a few beginners with no experience on the ships - everbody was a beginner once (a good many more than once).

Your English, with the command you demonstrate, will be a plus. So do ramp up that German - would it perhaps be possible to practice on the job with your German customers?

An alternative to waiting on a ship would be to work as a waiter in a summer tourist destination, in a restaurant or so. Plenty of demand there during the summer. You'd have no extra barganing chips but on the other hand there'd be many more potential employers. If you were to target one of the international tourist centers, English may actually be more important than German - the Berner Oberland comes to mind, Interlaken, Grindelwald, etc.
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Re: Hello new to these forums :) Looking to move to Switzerland for few months

From what I understand you can stay only three months without a permit, with or without job. Others will correct me if I'm wrong but I think this is how it is.

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What do you think about saving up to buy a car and drive few months for uber?

Like if I cant find something until im there then ill be there for 3 months, and if I havent found anything in those 3 months then if I have enough saved up I could try uber? is that a possible idea?
Things may be changing but generally speaking, as a non-resident you'd risk running into trouble doing domestic transport of persons. You'd want to so some digging before deciding on that route, perhaps contact the local authorities beforehand.

You'd probably need a special drivers permit for professional persons transport, not sure if that can be done without residence.

Your car would need to be equipped with a Fahrtenschreiber, a device that tracks your working hours as this part of persons transport is tightly regulated as well.
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