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Old 10.05.2011, 05:05
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VISA information needed

Hello everyone...

Hi, My name is Diego, I am from Costa Rica (central america) I have a question and I will appreciate if someone can help me out.

For some time now, I been looking for information on the possibility of going to Switzerland for work purposes but from this side of the World and with no german language it has been difficult for me.

A have a friend in Zurich, She and her husband offer me a place to stay for as long as I need but my question is this:

Can I go to switzerland with a travel visa, once am there try to find a Job and then apply for a work visa?


PLEASE HELP ME OUT
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Old 10.05.2011, 07:54
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Can I go to switzerland with a travel visa, once am there try to find a Job and then apply for a work visa?
No, you must find the job first, your employer must apply for a work permit for you, then you apply for the visa for entry.

Of course, there's nothing really to stop you job hunting while on a tourist visa but it is technically illegal.
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Old 10.05.2011, 22:00
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Re: VISA information needed

Thanks for your help, I have one more concern...

So it is possible to go as a tourist and while am there with some luck i might find a company that will be willing to apply for a work permit for me?
Can I get all this done while on a tourist visa or will i have to leave the country to get the paper work done?
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Re: VISA information needed

You must leave the country and re-enter once the work permit has been issued. The visa will not be issued to you in Switzerland, it will be issued at a Swiss embassy of your choosing (but you have to be there to get it!).
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Re: VISA information needed

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Thanks for your help, I have one more concern...

So it is possible to go as a tourist and while am there with some luck i might find a company that will be willing to apply for a work permit for me?
Can I get all this done while on a tourist visa or will i have to leave the country to get the paper work done?
The employer will need to prove no local and then no EU candidate can do the job, so obviously this would mean you need to be specially skilled or highly skilled. What is your skillset?
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Old 11.05.2011, 09:55
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Thanks for your help, I have one more concern...

So it is possible to go as a tourist and while am there with some luck i might find a company that will be willing to apply for a work permit for me?
Possible? Yes. Likely? Not really.

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Can I get all this done while on a tourist visa or will i have to leave the country to get the paper work done?
You'll need to apply for an entry visa from your country of residence.
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