Bern conton- Permit - Work situation
Last week I received a job offer from a company based in Zurich. This morning I went to the local council (in a French speaking village where I live), to register & apply for my work permit.
It was a bit difficult to communicate with them as they speak limited English (and I don't speak French or German ). Some how I managed to explain them my job situation etc. They took copies of my passport/job offer etc (they didn't require rental agreement and photo). I was told that they will be preparing my paper work and they would need my signature on the form. I was asked to return to their office tomorrow to sign the necessary forms).
Ok.. So when I asked the lady about the approximate time to get the work permit, she told me it will take around one month ! She saw my job start date (which is first week of November) and told me that I can start to work in the first week of November without actually waiting for the Workpermit to arrive ! I'm a bit confused cause as per my understanding, I am allowed to wok only after receiving the work permit. Am I right? Btw I'm an EU national (British).