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EU resident considering move to Switzerland

Hi everyone,

I live in an EU country, Great Britain, and am considering moving to Switzerland permanently to live and work. I'm a bit confused by the process, so maybe you could help me out and confirm if I have understood it right.

What I have heard is that with an EU passport, I can enter Switzerland, rent accommodation, and search for a job, if I register at the local town hall. If I am accepted for a job in that three month period, then I can apply for a residence permit and the employment contract will help my application. What I wasn't sure about is what comes first - Do I start the job, or have to wait for the residence permit to arrive? And how long would the residence permit take to arrive?

I am also keen to know the cost of living (Vaud canton). In the time it takes between entering the country, and getting a job, I plan to use my savings to support myself financially. If I could get a job within one month, how much CHF would I need for things like rented accommodation, meals, and taxes in that one month period?

Thank you for any help you can offer,
Mark
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Old 14.03.2011, 17:51
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Hi everyone,

I live in an EU country, Great Britain, and am considering moving to Switzerland permanently to live and work. I'm a bit confused by the process, so maybe you could help me out and confirm if I have understood it right.

What I have heard is that with an EU passport, I can enter Switzerland, rent accommodation, and search for a job, if I register at the local town hall. If I am accepted for a job in that three month period, then I can apply for a residence permit and the employment contract will help my application. What I wasn't sure about is what comes first - Do I start the job, or have to wait for the residence permit to arrive? And how long would the residence permit take to arrive?

I am also keen to know the cost of living (Vaud canton). In the time it takes between entering the country, and getting a job, I plan to use my savings to support myself financially. If I could get a job within one month, how much CHF would I need for things like rented accommodation, meals, and taxes in that one month period?

Thank you for any help you can offer,
Mark
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I can`t answer everything, but I think you will find renting difficult without a permis B which is what you get when you first arrive. I would already apply for a permis b and then look for a property. In any case Im pretty sure you won`t be able to work without a permis B so that is for first objective. Im also pretty sure you won`t get a permis b without having a job offer, so you need to get a job offer to apply for your permis. If you get one, then sometimes the rental agency will accept a letter from your employer to start renting subject to seeing your permit afterwards
Hope it helps and welcome to Switzerland.
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I can`t answer everything, but I think you will find renting difficult without a permis B which is what you get when you first arrive. I would already apply for a permis b and then look for a property. In any case Im pretty sure you won`t be able to work without a permis B so that is for first objective. Im also pretty sure you won`t get a permis b without having a job offer, so you need to get a job offer to apply for your permis. If you get one, then sometimes the rental agency will accept a letter from your employer to start renting subject to seeing your permit afterwards
Hope it helps and welcome to Switzerland.
Thanks

Ok, so I look for a job before moving over, and then if I am accepted for a job, I mention on the application that I can't start immediately but will start as soon as I have a permit. If I am offered the job, I then move over and present the employment offer to the local immigration authority along with my application for a Permit B, using my savings to pay for accommodation and food until my permit comes through allowing me to accept the job?

I couldn't afford to live in places like Geneva or Zurich, but I was thinking that my one wage might cover renting a one bedroom place in Vaud.


How likely is it that the immigration authority will grant a B Permit on the strength of me having an offer of employment?
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Ok, so I look for a job before moving over, and then if I am accepted for a job, I mention on the application that I can't start immediately but will start as soon as I have a permit. If I am offered the job, I then move over and present the employment offer to the local immigration authority along with my application for a Permit B, using my savings to pay for accommodation and food until my permit comes through allowing me to accept the job?

I couldn't afford to live in places like Geneva or Zurich, but I was thinking that my one wage might cover renting a one bedroom place in Vaud.


How likely is it that the immigration authority will grant a B Permit on the strength of me having an offer of employment?
As an EU citizen, once you have a job offer they will give you a B permit. The only random factor would be if it was for one year or 5 years, but either way you would then be able to apply for accommodation.

This is exactly what I did, also coming from the UK, no problems and no regrets so far. Of course, finding a job is easier if you are in the country, but accommodation would be the problem as renting short term is not common and would be difficult without a job unless you can find something through websites like this or are prepared to pay a lot eg for a serviced apartment.

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Ok, so I look for a job before moving over, and then if I am accepted for a job, I mention on the application that I can't start immediately but will start as soon as I have a permit.
You can start immediately because you are from the EU. You will need to register with the authorities when you arrive and they will issue a permit. This needs to be done within 30 days of entering the country.

As somebody already said, finding somewhere to live without the permit is almost impossible.
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As an EU citizen, once you have a job offer they will give you a B permit. The only random factor would be if it was for one year or 5 years, but either way you would then be able to apply for accommodation.

This is exactly what I did, also coming from the UK, no problems and no regrets so far. Of course, finding a job is easier if you are in the country, but accommodation would be the problem as renting short term is not common and would be difficult without a job unless you can find something through websites like this or are prepared to pay a lot eg for a serviced apartment.

Good luck!
Thanks, it will be good to hear your experience. Can you tell me a bit about the cost of living monthly in your canton? I will probably need to wait until maybe the beginning of next year to move, I want to make sure that I save up enough money to keep me going until I get my first wage in my Swiss job.

I also read about mandatory national service. Does it include foreign nationals living in Switzerland on B permits?
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Thanks, it will be good to hear your experience. Can you tell me a bit about the cost of living monthly in your canton? I will probably need to wait until maybe the beginning of next year to move, I want to make sure that I save up enough money to keep me going until I get my first wage in my Swiss job.

I also read about mandatory national service. Does it include foreign nationals living in Switzerland on B permits?
I'm in Geneva. To rent a 50m2 one bedroom apartment you are looking at around 1700 - 2000 CHF per month. You could reduce this if you can find a room in a shared apartment.

There are many cost of living threads on the forum if you have a search around. Try this to start with:

Cost of living - help needed to get it right

And, no need to worry about National Service - I don't think there are many national armies which accept foreigners!
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Re: EU resident considering move to Switzerland

We are also about to move to Switzerland from an EU Country. Initially we are renting a holiday home. We set it up with the owners that we are staying 'long term', the cost per night reduces drastically, so overall, it's equivalent to renting for us with the price we agreed. It gets you here, both feet in Switzerland and from there you can start checking out the area and looking for a place. This forum has been an awesome source of information, also the link below is useful for finding a place, we got ours through this.

www.homegate.ch
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