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Permit B's and EU preferential treatment?

Hi,

I have a permit B through family regroupment (my wife is a Swiss citizen) and have been living in Switzerland for the past year. I am finishing my studies and will now be looking for jobs. I have heard a few times now that I "will have problems being an American finding a job" regardless of my legal right to work with permit B. Support for their claims are usually EU preferential treatment or just the massive amount of paperwork that they need to perform.

Is this true? As a "third-country" permit B holder am I at a disadvantage to other non-citizens?

I know that there are more than one type of permit B. Perhaps they think I have another type of (B) permit?

How can I craft my CV such that this perception is improved?


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Re: Permit B's and EU preferential treatment?

Short answer, no. Unless you're looking for a job where you may be in charge of a company's bank accounts. Then you're unlikely to be hired because such accounts would have to be reported to the IRS since you'd have signatory rights on them.

There is no disadvantage since you already have a Swiss permit and employers don't have to go through the non-EU hiring process to employ you. All they need give you is an employment contract and you're hired.
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Re: Permit B's and EU preferential treatment?

Thanks Madea.

This is also what I understood. Thanks for confirming.

Since somehow this perception persists, is there a way that I can better display this on my CV/cover letter so that people aren't misunderstood?

right now, this is what I have for my first block in my CV:

"
Permit: B (married to Swiss citizen)
Nationality: USA
Born: June 19XX
Residence: Basel, Switzerland
Willing to move
"
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Re: Permit B's and EU preferential treatment?

I would just put permit status (B), no need to say you're married to a Swiss national. Nationality and date of birth. Don't say you're willing to move because unless your wife is too you can't. One of the conditions for getting the family reunification permit is that you live together, you can't do that if you're in one part of the country and she's in another.

What are your Swiss language skills like? That may have more effect than your permit/nationality status.
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Re: Permit B's and EU preferential treatment?

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I would just put permit status (B), no need to say you're married to a Swiss national.
You should most definitely indicate that you are married to a Swiss as it means getting work permit is just a formality.
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You should most definitely indicate that you are married to a Swiss as it means getting work permit is just a formality.
If he wants he can call it an Open B on his CV, then they'll know.
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