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L, B & C permit questions

Hi everybody,

I'm looking for some advices related to my immigration status. Please also let me know if you can recommend an English-speaking immigration layer/consultant that can help with permit applications.

My situation:
- I'm from EU-2.
- Moved to CH in 2006.
- Had a D permit for the first two years while working for an international organization in Geneva.
- In 2008 I started my PhD in Vaud (EPFL) and held a B permit during my studies. At the end of my PhD I got a 5-year B permit that was supposed to expire in 2018.
- I moved to Zurich last year and started working on a 1.5 years postdoc contract. I had to re-apply for a work permit and unfortunately got a new B permit that expires at the end of 2015.
- As I have stayed too long on education-related positions, I cannot continue working as a "Postdoc Researcher" and was offered by my employer another temporary contract as a "Visiting Researcher". However, I am told that such a contract would put me on an L permit.

My questions:
- Could you recommend someone that can give advice and/or handle my permit application? I obviously dont expect the help to be pro bono .
- I see a lot of drawbacks if I get on an L permit (more difficult for my spouse to work, i cannot apply for a C permit, permit renewal is uncertain and subject to quotas, cannot change jobs without re-applying, etc.). Does anyone have any practical advices related to L permits (or how to avoid them in the first place)?
- Does the first two years on the D permit count towards the 10 year stay that would make me eligible to apply for a C permit? I cannot seem to find anything related to D permits..
- Can a temporary contract qualify for a B permit? If yes, what would be the minimum conditions required for this? I.e, contract duration, salary level, title, qualifications needed for the position, etc.

Thank you very much! Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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