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Old 19.08.2011, 11:04
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Working and living in different cantons

I am working in Bern (UN, so allowed to live anywhere) , while my husband (Non-EU B permit) is working in Zurich and we are living in Zurich.

We have found an apartment in Bern and would move there shortly. Is it allowed for my husband to live in another canton form the one he works in ? We checked with Zurich and Bern authorities for permission and ZH says get permission from Bern and vice versa, it is not clear what we need to do to get this permission.

Also, we both have signed a contract for the apartment in Bern. Would this create trouble in case we dont have the permission soon ?

Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 19.08.2011, 11:07
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It is absolutely possible to live and work in 2 different cantons. We have always lived in Fribourg and my job has switched from Fribourg to Bern to Fribourg and Back to Bern again and I have never encountered any difficulties or red tape, nor did I have to seek express permission from one canton or the other.
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Old 19.08.2011, 11:55
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Is it allowed for my husband to live in another canton form the one he works in ?
Yes, it's been law since 2008. Deregister in ZH telling them you are off to BE, register in BE. That should be all there is to it.
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It is absolutely possible to live and work in 2 different cantons. We have always lived in Fribourg and my job has switched from Fribourg to Bern to Fribourg and Back to Bern again and I have never encountered any difficulties or red tape, nor did I have to seek express permission from one canton or the other.
You are EU - the rules are different.
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Yes, it's been law since 2008. Deregister in ZH telling them you are off to BE, register in BE. That should be all there is to it.
Forgot to mention he has a restricted B permit, does this create any constraint ?
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Old 19.08.2011, 12:25
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Forgot to mention he has a restricted B permit, does this create any constraint ?
Restricted in which way? And who is the main permit holder and who is the dependant?
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Restricted in which way? And who is the main permit holder and who is the dependant?
Restricted to the employer , and the visa was processed from Zurich.
Both are independant.
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Old 19.08.2011, 15:08
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Restricted to the employer , and the visa was processed from Zurich.
Both are independant.
Computer says no. One of you came first and will be in the system as the main permit holder .

It's irrelevant though - an employer restricted permit holder can live in a different Kanton.
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You are EU - the rules are different.
I'm not sure if they were back in '95-'99 . I had a couple of non-EU coleagues who lived and worked in different cantons, I don't recall them having any problems either. Then again, maybe things are different now.
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I'm not sure if they were back in '95-'99 . I had a couple of non-EU coleagues who lived and worked in different cantons, I don't recall them having any problems either. Then again, maybe things are different now.
Before 2008 non EU had to obtain permission to live outside their kanton of work. Things are slowly getting better ...
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