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Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Hello Folks,

I need your guidance in a complex situation.
I am working in Switzerland through an Indian company on L permit, I got a job with a new company (who was my client when working with Indian company).

I have submitted application for B permit through new company, but it looks like it take upto 4 months to get new permit.

- Is it OK to stay in Switzerland and work for the new company when my B permit application is processed (as my current L permit it linked to Indian company)
- Will my current L permit become invalid as soon I change company (it is valid for 5 more months from the date of joining in the new company), can I travel using this current L permit until I recieve new one.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Take out some of your time and visit migration office. They will be able to give you correct answer quickly.

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Hello Folks,

I need your guidance in a complex situation.
I am working in Switzerland through an Indian company on L permit, I got a job with a new company (who was my client when working with Indian company).

I have submitted application for B permit through new company, but it looks like it take upto 4 months to get new permit.

- Is it OK to stay in Switzerland and work for the new company when my B permit application is processed (as my current L permit it linked to Indian company)
- Will my current L permit become invalid as soon I change company (it is valid for 5 more months from the date of joining in the new company), can I travel using this current L permit until I recieve new one.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Cheers,
Vikram
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

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Hello Folks,

I need your guidance in a complex situation.
I am working in Switzerland through an Indian company on L permit, I got a job with a new company (who was my client when working with Indian company).

I have submitted application for B permit through new company, but it looks like it take upto 4 months to get new permit.

- Is it OK to stay in Switzerland and work for the new company when my B permit application is processed (as my current L permit it linked to Indian company)
- Will my current L permit become invalid as soon I change company (it is valid for 5 more months from the date of joining in the new company), can I travel using this current L permit until I recieve new one.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Cheers,
Vikram
No, you cannot work for your new company until the permit has been approved.

Your permit becomes invalid as soon as you leave your old job. It's tied to your employer and if you aren't employed by them any more then the permit does too. So no, no traveling with it I'm afraid. You are allowed to still live in Switzerland while you wait for the decision about the new permit.
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Thank you @simple_person, I have requested an appointment with immigration office.

@Medea,
Immigration person from the new company told me that I can start working with them and workpermit process will take upto 4 months, do you know if it is correct for a non-eu national?
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

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Immigration person from the new company told me that I can start working with them and workpermit process will take upto 4 months, do you know if it is correct for a non-eu national?
I'd check with the authorities. As an EU citizen you can start work as soon as you have applied for the permit, a non-EU generally notů but it may be different if you are already living here.
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

I agree with Island Monkey. Normally a non-EU national isn't allowed to start work until the permit has been approved. After all, it could be refused and then you'd be guilty of working here illegally. But as you already have a permit from another company it could be that the authorities will turn a blind eye as it were. Best to check with the cantonal migration office for their advice as they'll be the ones to approve or refuse your new permit. Don't give them a reason to refuse it by working if you're not allowed to.
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Closing the discussion (sorry for posting this after 1.5 years, but I hop this helps someone looking for some information).
I started working in new company after my new company recieved a letter from Canton stating the permit was approved and card would be issued.
So, I waited for the approval letter before I started working.
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Closing the discussion (sorry for posting this after 1.5 years, but I hop this helps someone looking for some information).
I started working in new company after my new company recieved a letter from Canton stating the permit was approved and card would be issued.
So, I waited for the approval letter before I started working.
So, approval letter is sufficient to start working in the new company? I am making a move and have approval letter but do not a new permit yet.
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

It was ok in my case, but note that I already had a valid permit linked to another company when I applied for new permit, and there was a specific approval letter provided to hr by canton.
Be sure to double check with your hr if this is permitted
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Hi Vikram...I also received a special approval letter from canton. When asked to HR, they said, it is ok to start with approval letter but told me check with gemeinde if they will issue me a new permit or not. When I went to gemeinde, they told me that I can join the new company with the approval letter & old permit (till it expires) and then new company has to apply for renewal of old permit....
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So, approval letter is sufficient to start working in the new company? I am making a move and have approval letter but do not a new permit yet.
Yes, because you would not be getting the job if the permit hadn't been approved first. Obviously, you'll need to register when you get here, but that just starts the process of getting the pre-approved permit issued which will take several weeks.
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Re: Staying in Switzerland when I change company (L permit - non EU)

Sorry if I was not clear earlier...I am already working in Zurich since last 3 years (2L+1B) and now moving to new company....So I already have an existing B permit.
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Sorry if I was not clear earlier...I am already working in Zurich since last 3 years (2L+1B) and now moving to new company....So I already have an existing B permit.
Still the same answer, if you don't have pre-approval you won't have that new job, simple as that.
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