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Australian National Moving to Switzerland

Hi all,

I am Australian (non-EU), and my girlfriend is a Swiss Citizen. We met two years ago and have spent one year doing long distance, and she has been living with me in Australia for the past year. We are now planning to move back to Switzerland for her to complete her education.

My options at the moment appear to be a) get a job b) study at a Swiss university c) get married. Option C is currently a little bit early for our liking.

I have a six year Honours degree from an Australian University with majors in Commerce and Arts. I have four years experience as a Finance Recruiter with a large international recruiter. I speak English, and German at a conversational level, but not a level sufficient for business.

My question - what are my chances/best options for finding work in this field or similar. My other plan is to enrol in a Swiss Undergraduate or Masters Degree, get a student visa, and then apply for work whilst in Switzerland. Is it possible to move from a student visa to a work permit visa without actually completing the degree.

Any advice from Australians moving to Switzerland is appreciated, or anyone else who might have an opinion on my situation.
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Re: Australian National Moving to Switzerland

Depends if your experience/skills are in short demand here. The rule is Swiss/EU nationals first so non-EU are at the back of the queue and employers have to prove they can't find any of the former to do the job.


Yes, you could do a Masters here, but no you can't then drop the course as you'd come under exactly the same non-EU hiring rules. If you complete your Masters though then you'd have 6 months after graduating to try and find a job here while being on equal footing on the hiring front.


There is a 4th option. Your girlfriend could apply for a concubine permit for you, but for this she would have to agree to be financially responsible for you for 5 years and I'm not sure you could work with that permit.

You need one of these options in place to be able to be here for more than the 3 months you're allowed as a tourist, otherwise you'll have to leave after that period for another 3 months before you can return here.
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