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B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Hello everyone,

sorry, i just have a question as I was a bit confused by an HR lady of the company i am starting to work for, temporarily, as of 8.9. till mid Jan 2016.

I sent her my B permit, I am EU citizen and I got the permit when I found an unlimited employment (my previous employment). I thought that this is enough, but she just wrote me back saying that this is only residence permit and if i can get a work permit. I thought i ddint need anything else, as they gave me this permit after i found a job and it is stated on it that i can change jobs without any approval from migrationsamt. So what is this lady talking about?

thanks a lot for any advice,

S.
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Old 24.08.2015, 13:08
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Just look at what's written on the B permit and you see whether you are eligible to work or not.

On mine it says "Activité lucrative autorisée" which basically means I am allowed to work.

From the reply you got from the HR lady I'm afraid yours doesn't include it.
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Even if it doesn't (though it would be strange if you've been working with it already), you simply need to take your new employment contract to your gemeinde admin office and that'll start the process of getting the work rights added to it.

As donpiedro says, it's on the back of your permit though I don't know what the German equivalent of the phrase is.
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

In German, it is called 'mit Erwerbstatigkeit' - means with working permission.
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Old 25.08.2015, 10:47
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Sounds strange. How big is the company and is the HR specialised? An EU citizen can work here.

My company's HR was for a time done by the same person responsible for marketing. She almost went to the Migrationsamt after offering me my position, as she thought Ireland was Iceland.
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Bear in mind that all EU citizenships are not equal. There are special rules for EU Bulgaria, EU Romania and EU Croatia citizens. Possibly this ch.ch page will be of assistance:

https://www.ch.ch/en/working-switzerland-eu-efta/
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Re: B residence permit serves as a work permit, doesnt it?

Check your permit for the wording... HR doris and dilberts and not always the brightest.
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