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Old 17.04.2011, 17:52
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Romanian architecture student working in St. Gallen

Hello everyone,

I am a student at the University of Liechtenstein currently doing my Master Thesis in Architectural Design Theory. I will finish my studies at the end of summer and, as a requirement for obtaining my diploma, I need to fulfill a minimum of 360 hours of professional internship in an architecture buro.

I already got a job in a small office in St. Gallen starting with the 1st of September.

My nationality is Romanian for which I read that special regulations apply.
I would like to know please, what my options are after finishing my internship: could I stay and work longer for the office if they offer me a job there as junior architect after my practice is over?
It is yet not clear to my how Romanian citizens are seen in Switzerland and why, even though we belong to the European Union, we are seen through work regulations as not being part of it.
Further on, I would like to know what documents would the office need for submitting the application for my work permit. Should they apply for 6 months, or for 1 year?

Thank you very much in advance for your answer.

All my best,

Alina Sonea
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Old 27.04.2011, 16:52
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Re: Romanian architecture student working in St. Gallen

Adrian,

There is a transition period imposed to newer EU members (Romania and Bulgaria). For these the procedures are a bit more complicated in the sense that the employer has to apply for the work permit and to justify why it was not able to use a Swiss or another EU citizen. Further more they will check the conditions of the contract (salary level, ...) to conform to Swiss regulations. The number of short and long permits are limited for each year.

So, the best is to find an employer that will apply for you and hopefully in 1..3 months you will get the work permit.

Good luck!
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Old 27.04.2011, 16:54
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Good luck!
Alina,

Sorry for messing up the name... was thinking of someone else.
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Re: Romanian architecture student working in St. Gallen

Hello,

Thank you for your response. I saw it very late.
The office submitted the papers, finally, but it's strange, they mentioned that it will take only 2 weeks for them to be ready. I have a hunch that this is not possible.. so let's see.

Thanks again!
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Re: Romanian architecture student working in St. Gallen

Alina,

From my experience, it takes less if you come and register for stay.
When I did that, the permit was issued in 1..2 weeks. I was told something like: "the company did its part, you have to do your part as well".
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