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I am a Ph.D. student with dual citizenship (US/Italian) planning to move to Geneva for at least a year to do research. My husband (non-EU citizen) will be coming with me and would like to work if possible while there. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on whether that would be possible? My husband currently works retail for a major European luxury designer and would like to apply for a position in one of their stores in Geneva or the surrounding area.

How likely is it that he could a) get the appropriate permit and b) actually get a job?

We have the option to begin the process of acquiring dual EU/US citizenship for him as well through our Italian consulate. However, the naturalization process seems rather complicated, and we are concerned about whether acquiring dual citizenship by naturalization (rather than by birth, which is what I have) might compromise his US citizenship in any way.

Does anyone have any advice for us?

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Re: husband of EU citizen/student

Will you be considered a student or an employee when doing your research?

If you announce your arrival with your Italian passport, you should( assuming you are working ) receive a 5 year 'B' permit. When you and your husband register, he should receive the same permit as you by default. This will
allow him to work. How is his French??

As far as citizenship goes, hmmmmmmmmmmm..... I know several Americans that have taken Irish citizenship and French citizenship. It has not hurt the
American citizenship whatsoever.....

US allows dual citizenship with many countries. Italy, I believe, is one of them. This one, you will have to research a bit more.
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