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Re: Moving back to Switzerland after 18 years

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Hello all:

I am thinking of moving back to Switzerland in January of 2020. I am Swiss and grew up in Auzelg near Zurich city I left when I was 11.

A little about me:

I left with my immidiate family to live in Brazil. I then went to the United States to study when I was 17 and finished a degree in social work. I work in a hospice now in NJ, it has been 7 years and its time for a change. I have a Brazilian wife and two kids. They are 2 and a newborn.

I speak Portuguese, English and My german is hoch deutsch and decent just need to speak it more and it will come back.

So for my questions.

I don't have work lined up and will try to apply for a few before going but don't expect to get anything before being in Switzerland. What can I expect for "Social assitance" Housing...income...etc I am thinking of going back to Zurich.

Work any advice on what I can find, where to look since german won't be strong until I am back for a little while?

Any other advice would be appreciated just I guess jumping into the deep end and see what happens.

I have a little money saved up, and some family in Zurich area.
Do a visit here first. Things have changed alot and you might be better off staying where you are.
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Re: Moving back to Switzerland after 18 years

I'd recommend you have a look at these standardised monthly budgets, as a starting point to understand the figures.

You and your wife should work hard to put everything in place for her future naturalisation. Many of the requirements towards naturalisation make sense as real help for living here and settling in and integrating. The paramount one of these is good command of the local Swiss language (and high German is fine, it doesn't have to be dialect), the next is understanding how things work in Switzerland. As a couple, you will be much happier here if not only you but also your wife can get on with everyday interactions in German. Her command of it would also, naturally, increase her chances of employment, later.

The umbrella website www.ch.ch contains a wealth of information about the systems here.

I commend you for starting out doing your research properly. Good for you!

About your qualifications (and those of your wife, if any), you might like to follow some of the tips here: https://www.englishforum.ch/3045764-post135.html
Although those suggestions were posted in a thread about nursing, the idea applies by analogy.
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