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Work permit for EU/UK Citizen?

Hello, I have trying to find sources and searching but having difficulty. Basically, My husband brought over our car with out stuff (we moved to Switzerland). When he crossed to the border to import the car, they told him he needed a work permit. He had a copy of his work contract and the household declaration along with other documents but said that he couldn't do anything without a work permit. Since he is from the UK I didn't think he needed a work permit, I thought their residence permit doubles as a work permit. He didn't even give him the temporary 2 day extension to import the car but still let him through. So now we are a bit confused on where to go next. the boarder guard wasn't helpful and was actually quite rude and was just repeating back to him "when u get a work permit then go to a port to import your car". Any advice on what to do?
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Hello, I have trying to find sources and searching but having difficulty. Basically, My husband brought over our car with out stuff (we moved to Switzerland). When he crossed to the border to import the car, they told him he needed a work permit. He had a copy of his work contract and the household declaration along with other documents but said that he couldn't do anything without a work permit. Since he is from the UK I didn't think he needed a work permit, I thought their residence permit doubles as a work permit. He didn't even give him the temporary 2 day extension to import the car but still let him through. So now we are a bit confused on where to go next. the boarder guard wasn't helpful and was actually quite rude and was just repeating back to him "when u get a work permit then go to a port to import your car". Any advice on what to do?
Go to townhall, apply for the residency permit, go back to the customs office or wherever you need to import your car and show that to import your car.
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Go to townhall, apply for the residency permit, go back to the customs office or wherever you need to import your car and show that to import your car.
We already applied for the residence permit and have the paper we received from the commune and the guy told us that it wasn't good enough that he needed a work permit. :/ should we just go straight to another custom office?
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Hello, I have trying to find sources and searching but having difficulty. Basically, My husband brought over our car with out stuff (we moved to Switzerland). When he crossed to the border to import the car, they told him he needed a work permit. He had a copy of his work contract and the household declaration along with other documents but said that he couldn't do anything without a work permit. Since he is from the UK I didn't think he needed a work permit, I thought their residence permit doubles as a work permit.
First off, there's no such thing as a work permit in Switzerland, just residency permits of various kinds. If your husband has a Swiss residency permit then the border guard was talking rubbish.

EU citizens do have the right to an automatic Swiss residence permit, but he would need to have applied for and received it before he'd be allowed to officially declare anything for import.

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We already applied for the residence permit and have the paper we received from the commune and the guy told us that it wasn't good enough that he needed a work permit. :/ should we just go straight to another custom office?
If this 'paper' is just a receipt of the application then it will not be sufficient. Wait until you receive the actual residence permit card, which is probably what the border official was talking about, then go back to a customs post with it in your hand.
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