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What are the real chances of getting a work-permit for a highly educated non-EU

Hi there,

I come from a non-EU country (Kosovo) and I've been reading all the information about eligibility of non-eu's to get a work permit.

I am a pharmacist, who graduated in the Czech Republic and have a MSc degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis & QC from King's College London and I have more than 4 years experience in pharmaceutical industry. I have additional professional certificates in Business Management and Lean Six Sigma.

I want to move to Switzerland through a work-permit, but of course my concern (as all other non-eu's) is the priority rule given to Swiss and then EU countries.

My specific questions are:

1. Can anyone tell me how do employers consider a candidate with my qualifications and experience? A highly qualified person or an average candidate that could be found easily in Swiss and/or EU. What do you think are my chances to beat this priority?

2. What is "a reasonable time" for the employer to advertise the job vacancy in RAV and EURES? Does anyone know how long is this reasonable time, before the employer can say that they couldn't find anyone suitable from the Swiss/EU?

I'd greatly appreciate your answers.

Thanks,

P.S. I know about the limited quotas as well and other informations regarding the regulations on work-permits for non-EU. I am more interested on the experience of people with similar qualifications...
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Re: What are the real chances of getting a work-permit for a highly educated non-EU

I will leave other more experienced EF members to answer your questions but I will tell you what I have seen first hand: I know of Brazilian and Chinese nationals who got jobs very easily in Switzerland. They had business & finance degrees from the US/UK BUT the main skill that was sought-after by the employers was their native languages. How many Swiss/EU professionals have good degrees AND speak Mandarin or Portuguese? Very very few... I also know some Americans who work for Google too. In practice these companies that have these demands rarely have difficult to hire non-EUs and my guess is that cantons probably have a informal agreement with them.

That being said, what you need to check first hand is whether professionals like you are rare in CH. If it's difficult to find a Swiss/EU professional like you, than it shouldn't be so hard to find a job. On the other hand, if a job offer in your area receive a ton of qualified Swiss/EU candidates, then you will have serious difficulties, even if you are a the better candidate.
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Re: What are the real chances of getting a work-permit for a highly educated non-EU

To add to Capo's post, the big three employment fields for non-EU candidates are Pharmaceuticals, finance and IT, so you're already streets ahead of other people who would like to move to Switzerland. Just make your decision and start the ball rolling soon as possible before the non-EU permit quotas run out, which can be as early as July in some cantons.
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Re: What are the real chances of getting a work-permit for a highly educated non-EU

Depends if you want to be a pharmacist or work in something else. As a pharamcist, the answer is no, very unlikely. You'd have to have your qualifications recognised and also speak a Swiss language fluently.

"Would you like to work in Switzerland as a doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist or chiropractor?

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If you're more interested in working in the areas Blueangel mentions then yes, it's possible.
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Re: What are the real chances of getting a work-permit for a highly educated non-EU

Thanks for your replies everyone.

I don't intend to work as a pharmacist in a pharmacy and/or as a clinical pharmacist. I already began applying for positions in pharma production industry.

I am focusing my application towards big pharma companies mainly Roche and Novartis because I read somewhere that these are two companies that usually take up all the quotas.
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