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Old 14.04.2011, 23:33
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Need advice - Job possibilities for non-EU?

I would really appreciate your opinion, advice, suggestion. I am a non EU citizen, currently living in Eastern Europe post-war country, who would like to move to Switzerland with family (husband and daughter), so I’m looking for the options. I have Bsc in Economy (Finance and Accounting) with extensive work experience with international organizations. For last six years I work with Swiss FDFA representative office in the country - could this be an advantage or help to “open the door” a little bit? I didn’t dare to discuss the issue with anyone of my Swiss colleagues or supervisors (so far).
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Re: need advice

There are quotas for non-EU working in CH. If an employer has a vacancy, they have to show that they couldn't find any Swiss/EU citizen to do that job, before they can offer it to you. Even then, the Swiss authorities can turn down the work permit application.

Look for jobs. Apply for them. And why are you reticient about talking with your colleagues? For all you know, there might be a vacancy you'd be perfect for, that they've been unable to find anyone to do, for year!
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Re: Need advice - Job possibilities for non-EU?

Thanks for your answer. I am aware that, for non-EU citizen, it is almost impossible to get a job in Switzerland (unless the one has some extraordinary skills). My HQ is currently reducing staff in favor of staff (and duties) increase in the field offices. That is one of the reasons why I am reluctant to discuss my wish with the Swiss colleagues (and of course, there’s always the possibility that people will not be positive about ’another foreigner willing to move into CH’- and I am a bit afraid of their attitude after because I have to work with them or be in contact with them every day).


But what are the other options I might take into consideration (except of getting married to the Swiss or studies in Switzerland)? As I mentioned before, I have been working for the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affaires. I have no idea whether this can be of any help? For instance, a colleague working for Italian Embassy was entitled to apply for Italian Citizenship after 5 years of service (based on the fact that he’s working for Italian Government). I don’t know if Swiss have policy similar to the Italian one?
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Re: Need advice - Job possibilities for non-EU?

I belive that working for Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affaires will be considered when applying for a citizenship.
It is actually not impossible to find a job hear (although hard)....i bt you can find something "extraordinary" about yourself....for example if you speak foreign languages apart from english that can be of a benefit, also i heard that it is easier to find a job in IT these days......
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