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Getting yourself a work permit if you live in France

Hi

This may well have been covered before, but finding the answer is a bit like finding the book you want at Foyles. It's bound to be there but buggered if you can find it. If it has been covered, then a link would be appreciated.

I'm not looking for permanent work in Switzerland, just temporary/contract secretarial or English-teaching and I'll be trying small firms. Problem is I don't have a work visa.

There's a lot of advice for visas for Swiss residents or people wanting to live in Switzerland, but what kind of work visa can I apply for (I have an EU passport) and how would I go about getting one?
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Re: Getting yourself a work permit if you live in France

This is what the www.bfm.admin.ch site says:

"Type G EU/EFTA cross-border commuter permit:
Employed or self-employed persons domiciled in an EU or EFTA state and working in Switzerland (place of work or company headquarters) may apply for a cross-border commuter permit. They need to return to their domicile abroad at least once a week. EU-25/EFTA nationals are not subject to border zone regulations. The domicile and work place of EU-2 nationals who commute must be in the respective border zones. The cantonal labor market authorities provide details on the extent of these border zones.
Cross-border commuters holding an employment contract of less than one year’s duration are issued with a permit for the period of employment. In employment of twelve months or more, the permit is valid for five years."

So it could be problematic. Firstly, as there are now quota limits on all EU nationals that may affect your chances of getting employment anyway. The quota is on B permits, but I've no idea how or if it would affect a G permit application.

Secondly, if you only get a contract for a few months at a time, then you or your employer are going to have to be applying for a G permit again and again. If initially you could get something that lasts over a year, then it would make your life easier from the sounds of it.
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Thank you very much Medea, much appreciated.
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You're welcome Lemanglaise. Hope it helps and good luck with the job hunting.
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