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Old 25.11.2014, 19:26
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Moving to Vancouver

Hello everyone,

I'm currently living and working in Zurich with a C-Permit and an Austrian Pass. My wife stayed behind in Vancouver after we got married with the goal in mind that I will eventually move over.

Now there's a possibility that I might be able to keep my job here in Zurich - I'm in IT and I can pretty much do any work remotely. If I were to keep my Job in Zurich, am I assuming correctly that I will still be paying my taxes here in Switzerland? Given I don't de-register? What else is there to look out for besides taxes and permits?

Does anyone have any experience with this? I'm so confused and I don't even know where to begin looking :(

Thank you in advance for any help! :)
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Old 25.11.2014, 21:28
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Re: Moving to Vancouver

Firstly if you're out of the country for more than 6 months your permit will become invalid. The whole point is that you're resident here, not working remotely from another country.

Secondly, you're taxed where you live so that would be Canada so you'd need to find out from the Zurich tax office how you'd go about dealing with that.

I think that both you and your wife need to decide where your priorities lie. It sounds as if you want to stay here while she isn't interested in moving.
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Old 25.11.2014, 22:08
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Firstly if you're out of the country for more than 6 months your permit will become invalid. The whole point is that you're resident here, not working remotely from another country.

Secondly, you're taxed where you live so that would be Canada so you'd need to find out from the Zurich tax office how you'd go about dealing with that.

I think that both you and your wife need to decide where your priorities lie. It sounds as if you want to stay here while she isn't interested in moving.
I read somewhere that I can freeze the permit? Doesn't this apply in my situation?

Thanks for the answer on the taxes I'll make sure to call them first thing tomorrow.

Also I want to move, I'd just prefer to keep my job as I really like it. But in a worst case scenario I'll just find a job there, no biggie
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Re: Moving to Vancouver

I doubt it. You'd need to be sent abroad by your Swiss employer on assignment (not just working remotely). Otherwise military service and further education are usually the only other acceptable reasons for putting a permit on hold. Talk to your gemeinde office as they're the ones who'd have to give you approval to do this. And it's only for a maximum of 4 years.
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I doubt it. You'd need to be sent abroad by your Swiss employer on assignment (not just working remotely). Otherwise military service and further education are usually the only other acceptable reasons for putting a permit on hold. Talk to your gemeinde office as they're the ones who'd have to give you approval to do this. And it's only for a maximum of 4 years.
oh man that's too bad just read the back of my C permit and it really seems to be that way. guess I'm gonna lose my C permit then :/

this is most likely connected - if I lose my permit, the company I work for right now is most likely not allowed to keep me employed right?
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Re: Moving to Vancouver

That I can't answer. There must be people who do work remotely for Swiss companies, but I've no idea how they do it or whether they need some sort of permit to do so here. Maybe ask your HR or the cantonal migration office to see what they say.
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Re: Moving to Vancouver

Realistically, you will need to discuss things with your employer on whether they are willing to keep you on based on 100% remote. From there the rest of the questions will be quickly answered.

Keep in mind that if you are living in Canada, you will be taxed on your world-wide income.

You will need to do some research on the CH/CAN tax treaties on double taxation.
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Realistically, you will need to discuss things with your employer on whether they are willing to keep you on based on 100% remote. From there the rest of the questions will be quickly answered.

Keep in mind that if you are living in Canada, you will be taxed on your world-wide income.

You will need to do some research on the CH/CAN tax treaties on double taxation.
All the information I found about that treaty is really confusing to me, so I'm gonna schedule a meeting with the lady that takes care of my taxes and see what she says. I'll keep you all posted
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Re: Moving to Vancouver

I can only advise from the point of view of working for large corporations with offices in many countries, and the rule they always apply is that as soon as you move country they will cancel your existing employment contract, and give you a brand new contract from their registered office in the new country. If you move voluntarily, they'll reduce you down to a local salary too (if applicable).
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