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Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

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Does anyone have any experience or advice please about leaving Switzerland, and having to de-register, cancel rent, insurance, utilities etc yet also having to have one spouse remain 'resident' as we will be expats out of Switzerland?! We are in this bizarre situation and no one at my husbands company has done this before so I feel quite in the dark about what we need to do. I think our daughter and I can de-register but how does my husband keeping an address here for salary purposes, albeit renting a room at a colleagues house, affect cancelling bills etc. We are here on B permits and will most likely be returning here in 3 years, although we don't know for definite or for how long it would be.

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Kitty

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Re: Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

It seems to me to be a good deal if he can continue receive Swiss salary while living in China....thinking of the CHF you can save every month...
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Re: Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

I think you need to give a little more detail about your situation before anybody can advise you. Plus, I would not follow the advice of armchair lawyers here, rather get the help of a legal expert before you end up getting a one-way ride over the border.

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Old 22.11.2011, 19:47
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Re: Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

Your husband's company needs to contact the Swiss authorities about his B permit. What he will be doing is in my opinion illegal, and he might have the permit revoked. The Swiss need to agree to his working for 3 years in China. You could read the back page of your B permit, the basic rules are stated there.
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Is the "expat" address needed for salary purposes from Switzerland, to keep some sort of residency here, or for a Chinese regulation? I found in China, and in a couple of other countries that expected me to still have a "home address" elsewhere, that it was fine to just give my last address in my home country, even though I no longer "lived " there. Authorities just seemed concerned that if there was no foreign home address to go back to, that we could be planning on staying with them forever; "But you MUST have somewhere to go back to. this is not your home."
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Re: Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

Hi,

His company have the all-clear from the Swiss authorities so there's no concern about it being illegal or anything. I just don't know how I cancel things like the utility bills when it's in both our names and I won't be able to send the companies his de-registration form, because he won't be deregistering. I'll only be able to send them mine.

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Re: Moving to China, but as 'Swiss expats'

If you and your daughter are staying here, then just pay the bills, why is there a problem in paying a bill addressed to your husband? If you must change everything into your name, then your husband would probably have to close all the accounts himself, and you would have to start new ones.

If you are not staying here, then just de-register and post a copy of the "Abmedungen" to all the companies you want to stop using, and tell them he has gone before you.

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Re: Moving to China

Thanks, I had a look at all those and it makes more sense. It turns out now that my husband is only staying 'resident' and an expat here for a few months longer than me and my daughter and staying at a friends house whilst we go to China first. Apparently just because of the amount if time it will take to get everything sorted in China so we need an address here until that's all sorted so we aren't stuck in limbo. So it won't be a long term thing. So I've read the thread about family members deregistering at different times and that has helped.And then if we do come back here then we'll just have to reapply for the B permit I guess.

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