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Work permit steps

Hello guys, I apologize if someone already asked this but I checked the first two pages and I couldn't find any info so here I am asking again.. okay so I am currently in Italy as a tourist but I found a job in Switzerland and they have already started the process of my work permit. I am waiting on Berne to make a decision, today marks 4 weeks since they received my application; I am hoping I get an answer soon. ANYWAYS, what I want to know and can't find any info online is what do I need to do AFTER Berne accepts my application. Do I have to go back to the USA to get an visa? Do I have to make an appointment with a Swiss consulate/embassy before hand since I need to buy a round trip ticket!?

If someone with experience would be so kind to answer me and tell me the exact steps they took..ALSO, can I get the visa in the Swiss embassy in Italy even though I am a tourist here??

Thanks in advance!!!!
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Old 15.06.2018, 07:02
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Re: Work permit steps

You didn't mention your nationality but I'm assuming it's American based on this:

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Do I have to go back to the USA to get an visa?
Your entry visa will be issued to be picked up at the embassy closest to your home town. That will apparently be in the US. So yes, you need to pick it up there. You can't enter Switzerland as a tourist. You might have the option to pick it up in a European country outside of Switzerland, however that wish should have been indicated at the start of the application. You can still try, but it is entirely at the discretion of both the US-based and the wherever-in-Europe-based embassies and they do not have to allow it.

That is how it was at least up until a couple of years ago, if things have changed, someone else will surely comment accordingly.
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Re: Work permit steps

Also it will depend on how long you've been in the Schengen Area as a tourist. If the 4 weeks is it so far then you should get a decision before your 90 days runs out. If you've been in the Area longer though, then you need to make sure you leave before the 90 days are up, otherwise you'll be overstaying.

Type D visa applications are usually done in your home country, i.e. the country your main residence is in. Best thing to do it check with the Swiss embassy/consulate in Italy to see if you could apply there.
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Re: Work permit steps

Thank you for your reply; I will probably be issued a type D visa since I have to do probezeit for 3 months(stated in my contract). So you think with type D there is no way to get it outside the US?
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As said, check with the Swiss embassy/consulate in Italy. Otherwise, you will have to return home and get the visa there.
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