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HELP!!- Laying off Non-EU L permit

Hi all, I really need your help:

I am a non-EU citizen with an L permit (though my employment contract is permanent). I have been living in Zurich for about 18 months now.

I believe that my company will be announcing some massive layoffs pretty soon, and I would like to know what could happen to me if my department is shut down, as I suspect.

I have been operating under the assumption that I could stay in Switzerland until my permit expired, but yesterday somebody else told me that because I have been in Switzerland less that 2 years, I could only stay for 2 months.

-Does anyone know anything about this subject?(please have in mind I am a non-eu, Lpermit).
-Can anyone point me to an immigration office, or something, where I can get some answers.
-Life in Zurich is quite expensive, and even if I get to stay, I might not make it too long with my savings. Do I get unemployment benefits?

Thanks a lot!!!
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Re: HELP!!- Laying off Non-EU L permit


One of my friends experienced exactly the same situation 2 years ago.

How long you can stay in Switzerland depends on the layoff condition. If your company will pay you 6 months salary, then it means, your contract will still be valid 6 months, and therefore you can stay 6 months.

But you have to start to find a new job immediately. For finding new position, your potential employer shall tend to apply for a new permit for you. You and your new employer must certainly explain the labor authority that you were down sized with a confirmation from your old employer. Otherwise your application could be rejected.

My friend was lucky and could find a job here in 3 months. But the the application process took 6 weeks for him, so together 4.5 months.

Good luck and best wishes for you.
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