Type of B permit for postdoc at ETH (Zurich)
I will soon finish my PhD and possibly continue as a postdoc as soon as my contract is up (without interruption). My HOPE is for the B permit to change from the "education employment" one to the "normal" (employment) one, so that after two years I can apply for a C permit. For a US person the C permit can be applied for after 5 years with B, and the first three may be from an education B permit but the last two must be a normal B permit - therefore it's imperative that I get a "normal" B permit if I want to get a C permit after two years.
Does anyone have any experience with this? From searching I have found conflicting information, depending on which canton is being discussed, however I have not been able to find anything about how this is handled in Zurich. Probably it depends on the canton as well as luck, but first-hand experience would be helpful, as chances are whatever was done in Zurich before would be repeated.
Alternatively, I might try to formulate my contract as a "normal" job (not postdoc) with the same salary etc., but for this I would need to take advantage of the special status one gets after studying (equal access to jobs as a Swiss person) when one gets the special "job seeking permit".. however, the idea would be to go directly from B to B, and not drop down temporarily to L (because time at L resets the clock for C permit back to zero!!).
Such a mess.
Any advice or info is very welcome and appreciated.