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Old 11.04.2018, 13:52
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Immigration Advice -- American/non-EU family between Germany and Switzerland

Hi,

I have an immigration question involving living between Germany and Switzerland.

My four month year old (German born) son and I are both American citizens living with my Ukrainian wife in Southern Germany. Both my wife and I work at Universities, and as such are here on fixed term academic visas (my contract ends soon with the possibility of an extension, and my wife's ends September 2019, she is currently on parent leave/elternzeit).

I was recently offered a job in Zurich. My main question is the following: is it possible to split our residency between German/Switzerland, so that I can work/pay taxes in Zurich and my wife can continue working in Germany (given the flexibility of both our jobs and the fact that she is currently on parent leave, it could be that we occasionally drift between both Germany and Switzerland, but would plan to live primarily in Zurich)?

Any feedback or pointers to the relevant literature on this would be much appreciated. My worry is that given our already temporary and non-EU status in Germany, this might be difficult to sort out... Note that I am not yet so concerned about taxes, but rather knowing if such a residency arrangement is possible/feasible, and how it might affect our son and, in particular, health care related issues.
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Old 11.04.2018, 14:16
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Re: Immigration Advice -- American/non-EU family between Germany and Switzerland

I'd say it more depends on what kind of job and salary are you offered in Zurich. Do you like the job? Is it a good career move? Do they pay well? Is it a permanent position or a contract?

I don't know about German permits, but if her permit is not dependent on yours then you can easily split. Also, as far as I know you will not be allowed to stay in Germany if you get a job in another country, because you don't have a German passport. As a foreigner you are obliged to live in the state where you work.

Moving your wife and son to CH after her contract ends in 2019 could be difficult, as she is non-EU.
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Re: Immigration Advice -- American/non-EU family between Germany and Switzerland

Does anyone know of an orgaisation or business which helps with immigration matters.
This could be fee paying or donation based. My eyes ain't what they used to be.
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