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Visa specialist? [non-EU]

Hello everyone! I have recently accepted a job offer from a small Swiss company, and now must begin the long process of applying for a visa. Given that my company hasn't had experience applying for one however, we're hoping to find a visa specialist who would know the in's-and-outs of applying for one. Does anyone know of any such specialist / agencies to recommend?
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Old 12.06.2011, 18:57
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It shouldn't really need a specialist ad long ad the process had been followed. If the job was openly advertised for a few months and the company has been unable to find a Swiss nor Eu citizen to fill the post then it should be relatively straight forward.
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It shouldn't really need a specialist ad long ad the process had been followed. If the job was openly advertised for a few months and the company has been unable to find a Swiss nor Eu citizen to fill the post then it should be relatively straight forward.
Or maybe the small company didn't know you had to.....
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Re: Visa specialist? [non-EU]

Yes, I do have to say that unfortunately we didn't know that. On that note, we might have to do that retroactively...then file the application after the postings have been out there a bit. Would a month cut it?
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Re: Visa specialist? [non-EU]

In a similar situation. Found a small NGO that will hire me as an unpaid intern for 4 months, though only replied to my speculative application, meaning there was no application period. How should they handle authorities if they are confronted about Swiss/EU applicants, what kind of documents/evidence will they ask for?
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Yes, I do have to say that unfortunately we didn't know that. On that note, we might have to do that retroactively...then file the application after the postings have been out there a bit. Would a month cut it?
Then you have to ask how can the company honestly say you are the man for the job. Are they to ignore local applications and just go through the motions?
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In a similar situation. Found a small NGO that will hire me as an unpaid intern for 4 months, though only replied to my speculative application, meaning there was no application period. How should they handle authorities if they are confronted about Swiss/EU applicants, what kind of documents/evidence will they ask for?
interns are dufferent. The employer should know what to do.
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Yes, I do have to say that unfortunately we didn't know that. On that note, we might have to do that retroactively...then file the application after the postings have been out there a bit. Would a month cut it?
No. min 3 months.
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Re: Visa specialist? [non-EU]

ARGH! Minimum three months? To be frank, I am quite confident that it'll be quite difficult to find a local that matches what my company is looking for (Mandarin + English speaking, work experience in China, architecture or design background, brand strategy experience). With that said, I'm hoping that the job postings time frame is a rule of thumb and not set in stone, as we can argue that it's an urgent posting (which is true)--the position is needed to start coordinating a joint venture with China that is...well, happening right now.
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Re: Visa specialist? [non-EU]

If the ad hasn't gone out yet, then your company really has to tailor the ad to you & your skills without being silly. Your already on the way with what you listed above. In the meantime, maybe you can work as a consultant from your home country. Then you'll have added skills of "experience working with x company" where x is your employer.

Does it happen to be a hotel company?

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Old 14.06.2011, 11:48
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ARGH! Minimum three months? To be frank, I am quite confident that it'll be quite difficult to find a local that matches what my company is looking for (Mandarin + English speaking, work experience in China, architecture or design background, brand strategy experience). With that said, I'm hoping that the job postings time frame is a rule of thumb and not set in stone, as we can argue that it's an urgent posting (which is true)--the position is needed to start coordinating a joint venture with China that is...well, happening right now.
it looks like a good case. a couple of points to note:

the authorities care not a bit about urgency.
you'll need a good reason why the position cannot be established in China.
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it looks like a good case. a couple of points to note:

the authorities care not a bit about urgency.
you'll need a good reason why the position cannot be established in China.
Perhaps this particular small company has no operation in China yet? It's a joint ventures with China so seems quite likely there no operation exist in China quite yet and that would make sense that OP needs to be based on CH with the rest of the employees.
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Perhaps this particular small company has no operation in China yet? It's a joint ventures with China so seems quite likely there no operation exist in China quite yet and that would make sense that OP needs to be based on CH with the rest of the employees.
Yup, that is pretty much spot on: I'm the guy that's supposed to help set it up! No urgency considered...so.....still 3 months just for the posting. Man, no wonder I heard that even Google's complaining!
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