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Old 25.05.2019, 03:48
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A Canadian in Basel

Hi All.

I really enjoyed reading the posts on this forum so thought Id post some questions in the hope of some constructive advice.

I am a mature information security professional, with 30 years of experience in this field, currently an IT security director of a major hotel chain. Yes, I'm older than the Internet and it was fun to work in this area when my computer only had 64 Kilobytes of memory.
In order to be closer to my extended family, I've decided to relocate to Basel in the next few months.

Naturally, I will not just pick up and leave Canada, being too old for being reckless, but will test the waters by initially staying for 6 months. During this time I will keep working for my current employer as a contractor.
My main goal during this period is to learn the language and experience the Swiss culture deeper than during my previous short visits.

Of course, I did my due diligence when it comes to paperwork, requirements, I'm a dual Canadian and Hungarian citizen so getting a residence permit is not an issue.
Where I'm looking for some helpful guidance is the "small stuff".
When should I report to receive my L and B permit since the first 6 months I will not "work in Switzerland" but primarily spend time to learn the language?
Does it makes sense for renting a furnished bachelor for 6 months or an unfurnished one, and buy some basic furniture?
What are the best places to buy groceries?
How can I find a good local accountant, or lawyer that will be able to help me with my corporate and personal taxes? Yes, I know that I have to pay taxes both in Switzerland and in Canada which makes it really fun.
Is there any local agency or group that could help me navigate the initial hurdles such as registering with the city for the residence permit, buying health insurance, etc.
Which mobile phone provider offers the best deals with the most data without speed limitations? Yes, I need more data than minutes
And so on and so forth.

So in short, any guidance that you would decide to share with me about the "small stuff" would be greatly appreciated.

Of course, if everything goes well, then I'll be back to Canada to pack-up the rest of my belongings, and make the move permanent.


Cheers!
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Old 25.05.2019, 13:53
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Re: A Canadian in Basel

Welcome to the forum.

Since you're not coming here as a tourist, but will be working you need to apply for a residence permit within 14 days of arrival. You'll need your employment contract, even though it's not with a Swiss company, your Hungarian passport (I hope you have one) and some passport photos. Not sure how easy it's going to be to do since the Swiss will not see you has self-employed even though you're working as a contractor because you're only working for the one company so they'll expect your employer to be paying certain taxes/insurances here. Check on that with the Basel cantonal migration office. No need for an agency as that's literally all you need to do to register. Health insurance you can take your time with, you have 3 months from registering to arrange it.

I must say your chances of finding work are fairly low given what I assume is your age bracket. The Swiss do seem to suffer from ageism and if 50+ you may find it a struggle to get a job. May really depend on your experience and whether you can fill a niche in the market.

Cheapest for groceries are Aldi, Lidl, Denner.
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Thanks, Medea!
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