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Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

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Being originally from a non-EU country, I have been living since 4 years in Germany. Now, I am thinking of getting job in Switzerland. However, I wonder whether I am allowed to go to the swiss embassy in Germany for getting my swiss national visa, or should I fly back to my motherland? Did anyone have already had a similar situation?
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Old 03.03.2014, 17:03
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

You should be able to apply in Germany I believe. Check with the embassy though.

Otherwise you may need to fly home for the application, but ask if you can get the visa stamped in your passport at the Swiss embassy in Germany.
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

Anastasiia, for the purpose of obtaining a work permit in Switzerland, you are a third country national and will be treated as such, where you live and work at the moment does not play a role -- unless you are married to an EU-citizen and he gets a job here -- in this case you will get a permit to join him.

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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

She does say she's thinking of getting a job here herself so if she can it's not a problem. Getting the job in the first place will be the hard part.
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She does say she's thinking of getting a job here herself so if she can it's not a problem. Getting the job in the first place will be the hard part.
Right you are.
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

Thank you very much for your answers! I can imagine that it is hard to get a job/work permit, if you are not swiss and non-EU-citizen.But science is an exception.

However, I should figure out, how and where to receive my national visa (D) sa well as my work permit in case I decide to work as PostDoc in Switzerland. Therefore, I have asked you this question.
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

Let me make this clear. Yes, you can look for a job here, but only your new employer will be able to apply for a permit for you; you can't do it yourself as a non-EU citizen. Said employer will have to prove to the Swiss authorities that they can't find a Swiss, EU national or someone else already living here with a valid work permit who could do the job before they will be allowed to hire you. Yes, science fields are easier than others, but it's not easy to find a job here for non-EU's. The quota limit is small, due to the fact that EU nationals have free movement and can come here en mass to look for jobs. And you will not get a visa without having a job offer approved by the Swiss authorities.
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Thank you very much for your answers! I can imagine that it is hard to get a job/work permit, if you are not swiss and non-EU-citizen.But science is an exception.

However, I should figure out, how and where to receive my national visa (D) sa well as my work permit in case I decide to work as PostDoc in Switzerland. Therefore, I have asked you this question.
Find an employer who will hire you as a postdoc and apply for a permit for you.

With this, everything is a piece of cake, you do not even have to take care of how to arrange the permit/visa.

Without this, everything is just impossible.

You have the visa D and the permit AFTER you get the job and come to Switzerland, not after you decide to look for a job in Switzerland.

For the job of postdoc in Switzerland, you just have to look for it while you are physically in Germany.
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

If you get a job offer, yes, your employer will need to apply for you. If the visa is granted and your permit for Germany is still valid then you can apply in the Swiss embassy/consulate there. If it has expired, you'll have to go home and apply from there (which will obviously take much longer).
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Re: Swiss work permit for Non-EU-citizens working in EU

Once you have found an employer and gotten a work permit, you can in principle arrange to pick it up in any Swiss representation. I do not think you need to fly back to your home country, although my experience is mostly with B-permits for family reunification.
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Once you have found an employer and gotten a work permit, you can in principle arrange to pick it up in any Swiss representation. I do not think you need to fly back to your home country, although my experience is mostly with B-permits for family reunification.
hope so... maybe, it is simple to say so, if you are British, but as there is kind of a war in Ukraine now, I am not quite sure.

In any case, I think I should try in out early enough, before my German working permit runs out, so that I will be at the safe side.

Thank to everybody for your answers.
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