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L permit, Illness, Special Case

This is a somewhat complex case ...

In July 2013, I started working for my ex-employer with an L permit. Work was tough and environment became hostile due to company politics and ill management. I developed into depression and was troubled by it for more than a year.

Finally I decided to leave the company, part of the reason was upon my doctor's suggestion. He gave me the sick leave certificate for several weeks. The contract was terminated at end of June 2015, only 15 days prior to the 2 year limit of L.

After a couple of months of recovery with family, I felt much better and found a new job. The new employer was trying to get me a new permit L/B but the government declined it, as many threads in the forum reported, L permit holders could not change job unless being laid off.

I was asking the ex-employer for help, but no surprise, they don't give a f**k. It took a month and many emails, calls, talks and begging to get a one-page "arbeitszeugnis" but they insisted that the "Vollzeugnis" must clearly state that I terminated the contract for whatever reason.

Finally, by showing them that by law they're obliged to issue one, I got a short "Teilzeugnis" which only describes duration of employment and nature of work. But my new employer was afraid that it was not enough to support the case.

I know that I should have resigned after having my permit turned into a B, but I was suffering due to the company for too long ...

Could anyone provide some suggestion?
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Re: L permit, Illness, Special Case

I think that the main problem, from what I can see in the Foreign Nationals Act, is that having reached your 2 year limit on an L you're supposed to leave Switzerland and would not be able to apply for a new job for a certain amount of time - at least a year I believe.


See 3.3.2 - pages 69/70.

Here's the slightly shorter English version:

Chapter 6: Regulation of the Period of stay

Art. 32 Short stay permit

1 The short stay permit is granted for limited periods of stay of up to one year.
2 It is granted for a specific purpose of stay and may be made subject to additional conditions.
3 It may be extended by up to two years. A change of job is only possible for good cause.
4 The short stay permit may only be granted again after an appropriate interruption of stay in Switzerland.


From this it seems extremely unlikely that you would be granted a new L permit at this time.
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