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Old 10.10.2011, 20:33
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Non-EU looking for work, tourist visa expiring...

Hello! Does anyone know if it's possible to get an L Visa or take classes at a vocational school to get a B permit in Switzerland as a non-EU national? I am looking for work in Switzerland, but my tourist visa (3 months) might expire before I find work and get a permit. Any advice or the name of a lawyer, permit expert or something, would be great! Thanks!
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Old 11.10.2011, 09:47
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Re: Non-EU looking for work, tourist visa expiring...

Student permits are generally available for higher education but must be applied for from outside of Switzerland.
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Are there any vocational schools where you can take language classes and get a B permit, like IFAGE in Geneva? If so, how many hours of classes do you need to take a week to apply?
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Re: Non-EU looking for work, tourist visa expiring...

some cantons require 15 hours per week, some require 20 hours. ask your commune office
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Re: Non-EU looking for work, tourist visa expiring...

Good luck - you're in a difficult position. Some cantons might accept your application for being a student but you need to speak to the school first to see their courses, requirements etc and don't pay money until you get the permit. There's an age limit for Bachelor degrees I think but I'm not sure about language courses for example.

I don't know of paying for a permit expert but use key words and search this forum - you'll find everything you need here! Including how difficult your situation is and how many have been in the same position (i AM in the same position - I've left the Schengen and am applying for a long stay visa from MY country). In order to get a permit B work permit - you must find a job ASAP and that position should have been open to the public etc. so you need to work out what can do, can you speak German, fix your resume to Swiss standards etc....

Search the forum for questions and you'll be here for hours with more of an idea how to proceed.....
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