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Long-term B permit, long-term unemployment and limited German proficiency

Hello everyone.
Thanks for all the excellent advice on this forum. As a long-standing lurker in this forum, all the helpful information has always been quite useful!

I have read quite a few threads about this topic, but would like to post my query specifically.

I am a Non EU citizen. I worked in Switzerland for over 8 years from 2007 to 2015 on a “B” Permit that was renewed annually. Now I have been unemployed for over 12 months and I am still covered by the RAV with Swiss unemployment insurance. I have completed 9 years living here in Switzerland – including 1 year unemployed – and I speak only limited German. I was in an international role with too much of travel, so that is why my German language proficiency is limited.

I am a marketing professional with no special skills like IT or Pharma, though I have 15+ years of work experience with a Masters degree and an MBA. I have been applying for jobs quite diligently, but with limited success – just a few interviews here and there but no concrete job offers.

My questions are:

(a) Is it really difficult for international companies to hire existing “B” Permit holders when it may involve applying for a change in Kanton?

(b) Now after 1 year of diligent job search if I instead focus on intensive German language study to achieve level B2 proficiency, can I apply for a “C” Permit (or for Swiss Citizenship), knowing full well that I am unemployed with little or no job prospects here? Will this be helpful with securing a job?
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Re: Long-term B permit, long-term unemployment and limited German proficiency

"My questions are:

(b) Now after 1 year of diligent job search if I instead focus on intensive German language study to achieve level B2 proficiency, can I apply for a “C” Permit (or for Swiss Citizenship), knowing full well that I am unemployed with little or no job prospects here? Will this be helpful with securing a job?"

A C permit would likely be viewed with favor by a prospective employer and would allow change of cantons. A sound basis in German should also expand your employment opportunities. The question, then, is whether a RAV compensation recipient would be eligible for an early C permit under VINTA. After reading this linked document, which states that the applicant is to present an employment contract or proof of economic independence, my tentative, qualified response would probably be no:
"Wille zur Teilnahme am Wirtschaftsleben und zum Erwerb von Bildung
• Bestehendes Arbeitsverhältnis liegt vor (Nachweis zu erbringen durch eine Kopie des Arbeitsvertrags) oder Nachweis der wirtschaftlichen Unabhängigkeit. "

https://www.sem.admin.ch/content/dam...ionsgrad-d.pdf

Obtaining a C permit would also be worthwhile as it would normally allow a person to be self-employed.
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