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Old 03.10.2011, 19:46
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Tricky Permis G for Non-EU citizen

Hello everyone,
I came across this forum by chance & have been reading voraciously ever since. There is so much knowledge & so many helpful threads.
My situation:
I am a non-EU (American) and my husband is French. We live in southern France and I have a visa allowing me to live / work in France. I have seen several excellent job opportunities in CH and am also aware of the Frontalier option for those living in France.
My curly question to the forum is: do I require a Long-Stay Visa and also the Permis G?
I have spoken with the CH Embassy in Paris and was told that neither my husband's nationality (French) nor my ability to live/work in France has any impact on my ability to work in CH. As far as CH is concerned I am American and that is the only variable they consider. It is the embassy who told me that I must apply for Long-Stay visa and then employer demands the Permis G.
I was told that for the Basel canton that I would have to have a Master's Degree in order to fulfil the Permis G requirements of frontalier for Basel based job.
I sent my resume to a company in Geneva and they responded right away wanting an interview but when I confirmed my nationality for them they said it will be impossible for me to get a work permit in CH and the visas take a very, very long time.
I do apologise to the forum if this has been discussed in previous threads but I could not find anything similar.
I am very appreciative of any advice that can be given.
Cheers, YankInFrance
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Re: Tricky Permis G for Non-EU citizen

Embarrassing! I am such a newbie that I am replying to my own post to clarify / update.

By digging like a Jack Russell Terrier I found another great thread from a Forum Legend that appears to support what I have been told.
I would still be happy to hear any other opinions / suggestions.
Thank you very much!
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Re: Tricky Permis G for Non-EU citizen

I have the same problem. I'm American married to a French national. My husband is a frontalier since he works in Geneva but we live in France. Multiple jobs have contacted me but when I mentioned my visa status, they said it would be impossible to hire me as I'm American and the process would be costly and take too long for employers.

An option I found out from another American friend is if your husband works and lives in Switzerland too under B permit, then you can apply through the canton for a right to work in Switzerland as well.
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Re: Tricky Permis G for Non-EU citizen

Not a pretty read, but the info in here may help.

Anyone really know Frontalier Zone for non EU for Geneva Canton ?
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