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EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

Im from Ireland and my wife is from Thailand.

We have decided to relocate to Zurich next month.

I know that as an EU passport holder I am entitled to enter and stay for 90 days and look for a job.

What do i need to do when I get offered a job and what about my wife ? what are her rights to stay and live and work in Switzerland as the spouse of an EU citizen ?

My wife will enter on an ordinary tourist visa and once we are there we intend then to go and register with the authorities and change her status ( is this possible ) or does she have to leave the country, re-apply and come back again.

My wife has contacts there who own a business and they will offer her a job.

Is it the case that once she has a job contact we can just change her visa, or does she have to leave Switzerland and come back again with a different visa.

What I would like to know is what is the exact procedure once we arrive, where do we need to go and what exact documents do we need to have.

Would like to hear from others in the same situation.

all advice appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04.04.2013, 18:17
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Re: EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

Hello and welcome to the forum, I would suggest you have a look through previous threads using the search function in the top right hand corner in case this does not receive lots of responses.

From my limited experience I would say a couple of things;

It is difficult to actually get a job in CH at the moment and I do not know if you can speak some German already, but it would certainly help if you took some German lessons (again, plenty of information on here regarding those) as the days of rocking up just speaking English and getting a job appear to be over (however, you might get lucky if you have great contacts, or are working in a specialist field).

Your wife's prospective employers will need to apply for a work permit for her and will need to prove that she can do the job 'better' than a CH/EU national - this, I believe, will be the case irrespective of your status in CH. So if she has something lined up, get the prospective employers to apply for a permit for her ASAP. I don't believe that she/you will have any right to remain unless she/you have a means of supporting yourselves in CH.

I would take a look here for a start and maybe try and go in and see someone when you are over next.

Best of luck, what line of work are you in - you might find something here via the Jobs section.
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Re: EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

Thanks alot for the reply.. thats a great link too
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Re: EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

Also check here www.bfm.admin.ch for more info on migration and rules for employment.

A couple of job websites:

www.jobs.ch
www.jobup.ch
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Re: EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

You can come here to look for a job as EU citizen, but I doubt you can bring along a non-EU wife for anything other than tourism during that time (no work rights)

If you (the EU citizen) finds a permanent job here, then you can 'bring' your wife to Switzerland, provided you can show you earn enough to support both of you. But she will be dependent on you so if you lose your job or your permit is not renewed then you both would have to leave.

Conversely, she could be the one working if she manages to get a work permit, but that takes time (you need to find the job first and then apply for the work permit via the employer) and only specialized jobs really qualify, so not sure if she will be able to do it on the 90-day Schengen visa. In that case, she can actually invite you to the country, but again in that case she needs to prove she earns enough for both of you.

In other words, you both have time limitations.
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Re: EU moving to Switzerland with non EU wife ?

As soon as you find a job that pays enough to keep both of you, you will get a B-EU permit (normally for 5 years providing your job is permanent) and your wife as your dependant will get a B-EU visa too, which will allow her to work without restrictions just like a EU citizen.

So basically the key is for you to find a permanent job, once you have that the rest is straight-forward.
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Conversely, she could be the one working if she manages to get a work permit, but that takes time (you need to find the job first and then apply for the work permit via the employer) and only specialized jobs really qualify, so not sure if she will be able to do it on the 90-day Schengen visa. In that case, she can actually invite you to the country, but again in that case she needs to prove she earns enough for both of you.

In other words, you both have time limitations.
She's not allowed to apply for jobs while she's here as a tourist. She can research what jobs may be available, but can't make any actual applications. It's illegal and if found out, which she would be when they tried to apply for the permit, she will be deported and probably banned from entering Switzerland again for several years.
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