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Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

Hi Guys,

Myself (K) and my girlfriend (J) are looking at moving to Switzerland for a year or so, while we can with nothing holding us back. I am a full Australian Resident, and she is A duel Australian and Swiss citizen.

I am hoping on some help as the best way for us/me to go about this. Obviously she can come and go as she want with no limits to work ect. I have read a few other posts on here that sound like it could be quite difficult.

A quick run down on our situation,
We have been together for 5 years. J's dad was born in Switzerland and migrated to Australia many years ago. Her mum is dual citizen after marrying him. He travels twice a year back to the home country. He has 2 sisters in Switzerland who would help us out as well as many friends that cant wait for us to move (hopefully). J was registered as a citizen upon birth. She has been to Switzerland many times but never lived there. She has a current passport. Her parents also own an apartment in Obersaxen, we can stay at for as long as we need.

I am a multi skilled tradesman with over 10years experience who has been working for myself the last 4 years doing renovations ect. J has a university degree in health science. And currently works within a goverment section in Perth. We are looking at moving in Oct.

Let me know if there would be more informtion that would help with my situation.

Im looking into the Family Reunion Visa (Visa D, long stay) at the moment. With all the forms filled out ready to go. Need some advise before i go ahead.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 19.06.2017, 15:38
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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

1) Get married

2) Learn the language of whichever area you are planning to move to

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P.S. For Obersaxen, you will need German and/or Rumantsch.
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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

Unless you can get a family reunification permit, you'll struggle to get a job here as Swiss employers have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

Marriage is the most obvious way to get the permit, but there is also another option - the concubine permit. Here's Vaud canton's info on it (in French only):

http://www.vd.ch/themes/vie-privee/p...s-du-concubin/

The main criteria is that she'd have to show she can financially support you for 5 years and whether you can work with that permit I don't know.

Note that she will also have to show she can financially support you if you marry. You're her dependent and she must have the funds to support you both so if she can get a job lined up first that would help.

Also note the difference between a visa and a permit. It's the permit (of whatever type) that allows someone to live and work in Switzerland. A visa is simply to allow someone to enter Switzerland legally - Type C is for visits of less than 90 days for tourist/business and Type D is for stays over 90 days. So she would need to apply for a family reunification permit for you and you have to apply for a Type D visa at the Swiss embassy/consulate. If the permit is granted then the visa will be issued and stamped in your passport and you'll have a certain period of time it's valid for so you can enter the country. You would then go to the cantonal migration office to start the process of getting your pre-approved permit issued to you which would take some weeks as you have to give biometric info as part of the process.
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Check Australian immigration laws and think similar....
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Marriage is the most obvious way to get the permit, but there is also another option - the concubine permit.
Not available in GR.

"Her parents also own an apartment in Obersaxen, we can stay at for as long as we need."

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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

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Note that she will also have to show she can financially support you if you marry. You're her dependent and she must have the funds to support you both so if she can get a job lined up first that would help.
I've been seeing this financial support requirement a lot here on the forum and on various websites, but i think it must vary a lot by canton? Or they have lots of leeway and enforce things unevenly. I was allowed to come join my husband before he found a job (we had both been students in the USA and he is Swiss and was returning home). He didn't have any savings and we were never asked to prove any financial assets. The only thing I can think of is that since our "lease" was a letter saying we could stay in a family home rent-free that they figured his family would bail us out if we needed help. It may be possible with the family home you could be allowed to join her early like I was. I have no idea if this is common or if we just got lucky.
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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

Building work pretty much shut down over winter in Graubunden/Obersaxon, my wife's cousin lives there and he is a ski instructor in winter and chippy for the rest of the time. Ski field work is your best option if you can get your permit situation sorted.
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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

Thanks everyone for the help. Everyone so was helpful. We are currently looking into our options.

Does anyone know about seasonal work.?

If i am offered a snow season job, does this count as a job offer? Does then the company help to get work permit ect?.
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Also, we are currently (slowly) leaning german.

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If i am offered a snow season job, does this count as a job offer? Does then the company help to get work permit ect?.
For you? No, as it would be fairly difficult to explain that they couldn´t find a Swiss or EU Person to do that job.
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It would count as a job offer, but they're unlikely to offer in the first place as roegner points out.

Marriage or concubine are probably your only options.
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Re: Aussie couple lookimg to move to Switzerland

Usually its work or love that brings expats here. I'd strongly suggest having a job lined up before coming, no matter what the solution is for your visas and residency. It gives you an instant connection and focus, and importantly income stream in an expensive country

I just re-read your OP, and its not clear what you're partner does in the 'govt section' - has she a profession? I cant give any advice on entering the construction industry, but for sure, some fluency the local language is essential.

A long shot, even if you both worked for a Swiss multinational or other businesses with a big office here (e.g. Amcor), and your talent shines bright at just the right time when they needed people here, and your bosses supported it, you would still be extremely lucky. Given that you dont, its an even longer shot

that is how many of us ended up here, whether on purpose or not (but be prepared for how different working here is). The glory days of expat assignments are LOOONG gone, and the big companies tend to shed more than grow in staff numbers, so the chance is admittedly very slim, but depending on your occupation(s) and career stages, its a possibility to consider.

but it may take years... I wish you well whatever path you take
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Not sure as a multi-skilled tradesman that route would be open to him.
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