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Old 15.08.2012, 20:05
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Work Permit for EU National - waiting time in Zurich - your experience

Hello,

I just started wondering how much time does it take to get Work Permit for EU National in Zurich?
I have brought all the papers required (employment contract, rental agreement) and paid for the serivce on 30.07.2012.
Now I am entering 3rd week of waiting and I am not sure how long does it take to get it.
Is it normal to wait 2-3 weeks time or should I call Kreisburo or so?
This confuses me as I am required to buy basic health insurance within my first 3 months of being here and I am not sure if it is worthy without having a work permit.

Bye the way, how this work permit looks like? Is it a plastic card/sheet or anything else?
Now, if you get work permit B - is it normal get it valid for the next 5 years or just for 1 year initially?

Can you help to clarify this? Any help highly appreciated.
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Re: Work Permit for EU National - waiting time in Zurich - your experience

We did our paperwork and payments on July 20th and are still waiting...I was also wondering if I should be getting impatient and making enquiries...but from what I have read here it can take a few more weeks and I figured that taking the summer holidays into account it could still take some time...Read somewhere on this thread that EU nationals get the B for 5 yrs others only a year to begin with and renew annually.
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Re: Work Permit for EU National - waiting time in Zurich - your experience

Took about a month for me in Fribourg for my first and a little less for renewals if I recall correctly. It being summer and with more foreigners in Zurich it may take a little longer there. I wouldn't worry just yet
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Re: Work Permit for EU National - waiting time in Zurich - your experience

Zurich city can have quite long waiting times for your permit. I live just outside Zurich and there I got it within 2 weeks.
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Re: Work Permit for EU National - waiting time in Zurich - your experience

dont forget that this is peak tourist season. While the AWA is different from the regular authorities Eg. Immigrationsamt for issuing other VISAs, somewhere along the process path they converge to the same fellow/department before diverging again ...

So chill for a bit and enjoy the plesant weather.

You will be invited for the Biometric registration of your finger prints/photos etc at the Immigrationsamit and then you will receive the permits by post soon enough and everything will perk up unlike the weather which will get nasty in the coming months...



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Zurich city can have quite long waiting times for your permit. I live just outside Zurich and there I got it within 2 weeks.

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