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Question about EU Permits

Hi, I'm an EU-citizen English teacher who will be relocating to Ticino in the next few weeks. I don't have any contracted work yet, but I've met with several schools who have told me that in September they will be giving me some classes, so I'll be working a few hours at several different places.

I've arranged to stay with a friend of mine for the next few months, and rent a few rooms in her house from her.

My question is - which should be my priority, the residence permit or the work permit? I won't get any full-time work straight away, so should I go for the job-seeker's permit and then apply for a work permit once I start teaching?

This is quite confusing for me so thanks a lot for any help!
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Re: Question about EU Permits

They're one and the same, aren't they? Basically a "work" permit allows you to live in the country while you're working here. Best thing is to check with the Ticino cantonal authorities to see what they recommend. Hope your Italian is up to it. My French certainly isn't!

Good luck with getting the job sorted out and welcome to Switzerland.
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They're one and the same, aren't they? Basically a "work" permit allows you to live in the country while you're working here. Best thing is to check with the Ticino cantonal authorities to see what they recommend. Hope your Italian is up to it. My French certainly isn't!

Good luck with getting the job sorted out and welcome to Switzerland.
I thought the same thing. But at the end of her question she asks for a "job seekers" permit vs "the work permit".




Basically if you have a job, any job, it's best to take the contract down to the commune when you register and they will work out if you get the L or B permit. IMO, you're better off showing at you have some work and are looking for more.
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Re: Question about EU Permits

The residence and work permit is the same thing. However you can get either a residence permit (which doesnt allow work) or a residence permit which allows work. Then of course there are all the different types (B, C, L, F etc.)

all the official information is here - http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/...ufenthalt.html

You can stay here for 3 months without registering, and so I wouldnt bother going to see the canton migration office twice. I would go and see them once I had the work contact, and then they will give out the relevant forms and tell you what you need to do. Although, you can probably download all the forms you need online, before going to see them. Some companies will send all the paperwork in for you, in which case you dont necessarily need to get involved.

The only issue is that without your permit you are limited with getting an apartment, phone contracts etc. So I would ask the school to sort out the contract asap, if possible.
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Re: Question about EU Permits

Thanks very much for all your help, between your answers and a bit of reading I think I have it sorted.

So I should get the contracts from the schools (even if they only guarantee a certain amount of hours) and bring it down to the canton authorities, and they'll tell me whether I should have the L or B Permit. I think I understand that!

Thanks a lot.
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