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What happens when work permit expires?

Hi everyone, I tried to do a web search but didn't really find the answer to what I'm looking for, so I'm hoping someone on this forum might have some more info.

I'm a U.S. citizen currently working in Switzerland on an unlimited duration Swiss contract. I have a B permit and have been renewing it every year. When it came up again for renewal this year, I went through the normal process (completed the form, had HR stamp it, and went to the Kreisbüro to file and pay).

Suddenly, last Thursday, HR called me saying that they just got notified that my work permit will expire soon, as it was only good for 3 years. The B permit is only for residence, so a separate work permit also needs to be renewed!

So I sent over a copy of my Ausländerausweis, cv, and names of my parents so HR could process the renewal with govAccess.

It's been a week, and I haven't heard anything. Called the HR lady, but I guess she's not in today. I just realized that I normally would have gotten my new B permit by now, but it hasn't come in the mail yet. Maybe the work permit thingie is holding up the B permit now, too.

Both of my permits expire on Dec 4th, which is this coming Tuesday! So does anyone know what happens if this stuff isn't sorted out by then? Do I have to drop everything and stop working on Dec 5th? I suppose I could stay for 90 days as a "tourist", but I don't think I'm officially allowed to work if I don't have a work permit.

HR joked last week that I should just go shopping if I don't get the renewal... but seriously, does anyone know if I need to immediately leave my job, or take a leave of absence until the renewal is processed (assuming it will be), and will the company pay me during this time?

I don't know who dropped the ball here. GovAccess didn't inform HR until last week, so it was a surprise to both HR and myself of this requirement. And not to be too skeptical, but I kind of wonder if they can really process all of this within one week, even with the "urgent request".
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Hi everyone, I tried to do a web search but didn't really find the answer to what I'm looking for, so I'm hoping someone on this forum might have some more info.

I'm a U.S. citizen currently working in Switzerland on an unlimited duration Swiss contract. I have a B permit and have been renewing it every year. When it came up again for renewal this year, I went through the normal process (completed the form, had HR stamp it, and went to the Kreisbüro to file and pay).

Suddenly, last Thursday, HR called me saying that they just got notified that my work permit will expire soon, as it was only good for 3 years. The B permit is only for residence, so a separate work permit also needs to be renewed!

So I sent over a copy of my Ausländerausweis, cv, and names of my parents so HR could process the renewal with govAccess.

It's been a week, and I haven't heard anything. Called the HR lady, but I guess she's not in today. I just realized that I normally would have gotten my new B permit by now, but it hasn't come in the mail yet. Maybe the work permit thingie is holding up the B permit now, too.

Both of my permits expire on Dec 4th, which is this coming Tuesday! So does anyone know what happens if this stuff isn't sorted out by then? Do I have to drop everything and stop working on Dec 5th? I suppose I could stay for 90 days as a "tourist", but I don't think I'm officially allowed to work if I don't have a work permit.

HR joked last week that I should just go shopping if I don't get the renewal... but seriously, does anyone know if I need to immediately leave my job, or take a leave of absence until the renewal is processed (assuming it will be), and will the company pay me during this time?

I don't know who dropped the ball here. GovAccess didn't inform HR until last week, so it was a surprise to both HR and myself of this requirement. And not to be too skeptical, but I kind of wonder if they can really process all of this within one week, even with the "urgent request".
Permit process/request SENT BEFORE expiry date, grants a kind of 'immunity' to the applicant, until the FINAL decision is made by authorities. Even if the decision is a negative one, the applicant is given 'some time' to packup and leave
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