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Non-EU Permits - Why so difficult in Switzerland?

============A permit is required before accepting any job=========

Gainful employment is any activity carried out as a self-employed or employed person, temporary or permanent, which is usually paid, even if no payment is received :
  • for an employer which is based in Switzerland or abroad, no matter where the salary is paid
  • as an apprentice, trainee, volunteer, sportsperson, social worker, au pair, artist, etc...
First employment : priority for residents

When a first employment is involved, priority will be given to Swiss nationals seeking employment or foreigners residing in Switzerland and who hold resident and work permits.
The employer is required to prove :
  • that it has made every possible effort to find a worker on the Swiss and European local labour market, the latter if the application concerns a non-European national
  • that it has notified the job in question to the Cantonal Employment Office by means of the Vacancy "We are searching" form and that the Office has been unable to find a candidate within a reasonable period
  • that for the post in question it cannot train or have trained within a reasonable period a person available on the labour market
Conditions of employment, employment contract

Permits may only be granted if the employer is offering the foreign national the same salary and employment conditions current locally and in the industry and if the foreign national has adequate sickness insurance.

The employment contract must be enclosed with any application, whatever the period of employment.


Changing a job or place of work

Foreign nationals who hold an annual work permit (B Permit) must obtain permission to change job, profession or canton and to change from employment to self-employment.

Obtaining a visa - first entry into Switzerland

On the basis of the authorisation to receive a work permit, foreign nationals must apply for the specific entry visa at the Swiss consulate / embassy of their residence. Upon entering Switzerland, the visa must be stamped by the immigration officers at the border. Failure to get a stamp may result in being required to exit and reenter Switzerland to get said stamp.

Types of permits - Permit / Duration / Requirements

note - those are general non-exhaustive examples



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B PERMITS


B PERMIT (Ausländerausweis)
LONG-TERM WORK PERMIT. SUBJECT TO QUOTA (Aufenthaltbewilligung mit Erwerbstätigkeit)
  • Economic interests
  • Employee qualifications
  • Priority for Swiss and European Union workers
  • Compliance with local employment conditions
  • Availability of quota
  • Renewable until granting of settlement C permit after 10 years (USA + Canada 5 years)
B PERMIT
ANNUAL SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT. SUBJECT TO QUOTA (Kurzaufenthaltbewilligung)
  • Important projects
  • Career plan
  • International joint programmes
  • Sportspersons
  • Up to 3 years,even a maximum of 6 years in certain cases
RESIDENTS' B PERMIT (Aufenthaltbewilligung im Rahmen des Familiennachzugs)
LONG-TERM WORK PERMIT. NOT SUBJECT TO QUOTA (BUT SUBJECT TO SWISS & EU NATIONALS PRIORITY)
  • Permit based on family grouping, change of employer, profession and/or canton
  • Renewable
  • Possibility of conversion into C Permit
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L PERMIT
SHORT-TERM PERMIT NOT SUBJECT TO QUOTA
(für die Ausübung einer kurzfristigen Erwerbstätigkeit sowie für andere vorübergehende Aufenthalte)
  • Training, project, setting up IT systems, fiduciary review, extra labour in a very busy period, start-ups
  • 4 consecutive months
L PERMIT
SHORT-TERM PERMIT NOT SUBJECT TO QUOTA
  • Management and development of a company when the presence of a manager is not required all year
  • 120 days over 12 months
L PERMIT
SHORT-TERM PERMIT SUBJECT TO QUOTA
  • Trainees in general and other foreigners managing projects (e.g. setting up an IT system, fiduciary review, expert opinion, etc.); European seconded workers for periods exceeding 90 working days
  • Young people employed as au pairs aged from 18 to 30 years : Canadian, USA, Australian and New Zealand nationals (30 hrs work per week)
  • Young workers qualified as health professionals and trained abroad who wish to develop their professional skills
Third countries workers :
Renewable up to a maximum of 24 months


L PERMIT
SHORT-TERM PERMIT SUBJECT TO QUOTA BY COMPANY
  • Cabaret dancers and other artists (Form A7)
  • Maximum 8 months in a calendar year
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G PERMIT
BORDER COMMUTER PERMIT
(für Grenzgängerinnen und Grenzgänger)
  • Third countries workers under specific circumstances
  • Priority for workers on the labour market
  • Compliance with employment conditions
  • Employee qualifications
  • Changing job, profession and canton
  • Valid for 1 year
  • Renewable
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N PERMIT
ASYLUM SEEKER
(für Asylsuchende. Dieser Ausweis wird von den kantonalen Behörden gestützt auf den Entscheid des Bundesamtes für Migration ausgestellt)


Foreign nationals, who during the time their asylum application is being processed are permitted to seek temporary employment until a ruling is given on the asylum application

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F PERMIT
TEMPORARY ADMISSION
(für vorläufig aufgenommene Ausländerinnen und Ausländer (Art. 14a ANAG, Art. 5 VVWA). Dieser Ausweis wird von den kantonalen Behörden gestützt auf eine Verfügung des Bundesamtes für Migration ausgestellt.)


Work permit for certain foreign nationals who do not qualify for asylum
Renewable

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Ci PERMIT
(Dieser Ausweis wird von den kantonalen Behörden für erwerbstätige Ehepartner und Kinder von Angehörigen ausländischer Vertretungen oder intergouvernementaler Organisationen (IO) ausgestellt.)

Work permit for the spouse of an employee of an international organisation, living as part of a family unit, and children under 21 years

The competent body for the examination of Ci permit application is the Office cantonal de la population (I leave this in French as the majority of Ci applicants are Geneva-based)

Subject to the duration of the post of the holder of the "carte de légitimation"
[Legitimation card]

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C PERMIT
SETTLEMENT PERMIT

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Re: Non-EU Permits - Why so difficult in Switzerland?

Hi Shorrick,
When you say in C Permit, Here endeth your quest... what exactly do you mean?

Does this mean, that after getting C Permit you are like permanent resident & nothing can move you out (I mean while obeying the rules)

Can you leave country for 1 year or so & can re enter?

I am exactly asking this being a Non-EU & after getting this because of my marriage after 5 years.

Your help is highly appreciated.
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Re: Non-EU Permits - Why so difficult in Switzerland?

If you have been married for 5 years, why not get naturalised? Then there is no "moving you out". Why would you want a C-permit if you can have citizenship, unless your country doesn't allow dual-citizenship?
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Hi Shorrick,
When you say in C Permit, Here endeth your quest... what exactly do you mean?


It was a tongue in cheek type of phrasing.

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Does this mean, that after getting C Permit you are like permanent resident & nothing can move you out (I mean while obeying the rules)
Sort of but not really.

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Can you leave country for 1 year or so & can re enter?
Not unless you receive permission to leave and reenter.

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I am exactly asking this being a Non-EU & after getting this because of my marriage after 5 years.
Well for you it doesn't really matter does it? As a spouse of a Swiss citizen you'll always be allowed to reenter, and your residence permit will be of insignificant importance...
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Why would you want a C-permit if you can have citizenship, unless your country doesn't allow dual-citizenship?
Maybe because you don't feel like paying military tax? Among other reasons...
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