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Trailing non-EU spouse and job loss of EU partner

Hello there helpful expats!

Could you tell me, how my status is affected in an event of job loss - either voluntary or involuntary - of my EU partner with B permit? Is my permit, as non-EU spouse, linked to my partner's employment status? Or, can I, with my income act as a sponsor while my partner finds something else?

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Re: Trailing non-EU spouse and job loss of EU partner

Your permit is linked to your spouse's, employed or not. You might be able to change yours to an independent one, but it would mean your employer would need to prove they couldn't find a Swiss/EU national who could do your job before you'd be allowed to change it. But so long as your spouse is resident in Switzerland, even if unemployed, and you earn enough money to support you both then it shouldn't be a problem until she finds another job. I assume she'd qualify for unemployment benefit. So that plus your earnings means no effective change to your permit is needed.
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Re: Trailing non-EU spouse and job loss of EU partner

What happens if the termination wasn't from employer's side (so, no unemployment benefits)? e.g. willful job change, or other factors? Can the EU spouse still reside in CH?

And in the worst case, if we are both unemployed (I don't have a job yet), can we just stay on (burn) our savings and look for something, for say, 90 days? Of course, we can move to some EU country at the border - for the sole purpose of saving rent - but such a move is costly. At the moment, the question is more about eligibility to stay in CH, than cost factors.

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What happens if the termination wasn't from employer's side (so, no unemployment benefits)? e.g. willful job change, or other factors? Can the EU spouse still reside in CH?

And in the worst case, if we are both unemployed (I don't have a job yet), can we just stay on (burn) our savings and look for something, for say, 90 days? Of course, we can move to some EU country at the border - for the sole purpose of saving rent - but such a move is costly. At the moment, the question is more about eligibility to stay in CH, than cost factors.

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Assuming you've worked for the employer long enough you would still be entitled to unemployment benefit, although you might have to wait a few months to get it (you get penalised if you resign rather than being fired).

Yes, so long as you can afford to stay in Switzerland while job hunting that's not a problem. As the main permit holder is an EU national you have until either the money or the permit runs out.
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Re: Trailing non-EU spouse and job loss of EU partner

seeking opinion : regarding B-dependent looking for job

Que : Does time left in main B permit has an impact on the decision of the employer in offering job :|

little anxious so checking in forum
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Re: Trailing non-EU spouse and job loss of EU partner

From my understanding and hiring previously, it shouldn't - priority for jobs should go to Swiss residents first, which includes those with an existing B permit.

Once you have a job then B permit extension should be virtually automatic.

Exceptions:

* If it doesn't cover notice period, so may not be in place at start of new job

* If it is tied to the previous role, in which case it doesn't count for a new one
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@ambypower - It shouldn't, as your permit and right to work is linked to your spouse, as you mention you're on a dependent permit. It'll be renewed without problems along with your spouse's - which should also have the same expiry date. It's his/her renewal that you've to be worried about.

But reality is that many HR people won't know this unless told explicitly. They may get scared by seeing a nearly expiring permit, and could avoid you like one avoids expiring food in a supermarket. If they're serious about making an offer, they should ask you, but in reality, depending on their diligence level, they might just make a quick (and wrong) judgement.
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