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Old 23.09.2014, 11:06
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Non EU work permit processing time and chances of approval

Hi, I am a Non-EU and have been working at a foreign subsidiary of a large Swiss company and have been offered a contract to relocate to Zürich, where the headquarter is located.

Here goes my first question:
They gave me my Swiss contract and submitted my application file around the beginning of September. The starting date on the contract says Oct 1. HR told me to expect an answer in 3 to 4 weeks - is this even possible (by their definition, my permit should be issued in time for oct 1)? But everywhere I read says around 6 to 8 weeks and the immigration office does not expedite the process based on the starting date. How long can I expect before receiving an answer on my work permit?

Secondly, what are the chances of my permit getting approved?

Just a little background: I've worked with the company already for over 1.5 years and prior to that, also wrote my Master's thesis with the company. My relocated position in Zürich is in the field of Strategy. It would be targeted towards my homecountry (let's say Country X) and also happen to be the largest market for the company. The main job responsibility is a match to what I did for my Master's degree and I would be a bridge between the headquarter and Country X to coordinate project implementations.

HR did a search on both Swiss and European job sites (incl. local RAV) and only a few applications were submitted. Of those submitted applications, I believe none of them has the industry experience.

As the starting date on the contract is only in a week or so and I have yet to receive any news, I am starting to panic a bit. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much :-)
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