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Old 22.01.2019, 20:16
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Grüezi everyone! I recently when through one of the most horrifying chapters in my young life with being hired at a company recently. Given what transpired regarding the Visa I was hoping to get, I thought I would explain my situation here and see if there is anything anyone knows that may help me in all this.

Earlier this month around the 2nd, I was approached by a farming company near Uzwil in the Kanton of St. Gallen. They wished to hire me and I was told that the Agricultural Sector in Switzerland possessed simpler hiring requirements for foreign nationals by the management there. Presently, I am currently a US citizen with pending German citizenship being processed by the Bundersverwaltungsamt in Köln. They were aware of this throughout the entirety of my hiring process.

Fast forward to the 11th. I was asked to come into the workplace and work a day on the job to see if I would be a good hire. I was also told I would receive compensation for my time. Did so, had no issues, and was offered a job as well as a contract. Also began handing over the paperwork to be processed for my employment (Passport, residence address, etc).

Fast forward to the 16th. I receive a phone call from my management telling me that they cannot hire me. After consulting their in-house legal team, they tell me the hiring exemptions for the Agricultural Sector do not extend to US nationals (I assume third-country nationals in general?) and I'm left in a compromised situation. I then explain that I have pending German citizenship being processed and I'm told that they will consult their legal team with regards to that. It also happens to be one day before my Schengen 90-day legal limit stay as a US national expires.

Desperately, I put together an itinerary to fly to Poland and stay with friends there due to a treaty signed in 1991 between Poland and the US allowing US citizens to reside there for 90-days Visa-free independent of Schengen restrictions. Currently, I'm attempting to touch base with my would-be employers again on this issue as I attempt to navigate this mess. If anyone has any helpful advice on how this situation can be remedied and who to contact regarding this upsetting Visa situation, I'm all ears.

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Old 23.01.2019, 14:10
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Re: Hiring Nightmare Regarding Visas

It's quite simple - you don't have permission to work here. The potential employer screwed up, and I'm sure we all sympathise, but until your German citizenship comes through you're not able to work here, and since your visa has expired, if you do want to come back you should be very careful about being seen to obey the letter of the law, i.e. not to overstay, to avoid jeapordising your future chances.
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Old 23.01.2019, 14:16
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Re: Hiring Nightmare Regarding Visas

A pending citizenship application for a visa is as good as a lottery ticket for the next draw to secure a bank loan.

PS: You can stay another 90 days in the UK as this is outside Schengen. And Germany also has special provisions for US citizen even beyond 90 days.
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Old 23.01.2019, 14:47
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Re: Hiring Nightmare Regarding Visas

That situation sucks but perhaps you should call the company and just be open with them. If they want you they should be trying to figure out a solution too.
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Re: Hiring Nightmare Regarding Visas

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A pending citizenship application for a visa is as good as a lottery ticket for the next draw to secure a bank loan.

PS: You can stay another 90 days in the UK as this is outside Schengen. And Germany also has special provisions for US citizen even beyond 90 days.
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/e...umpflicht-node
This is extremely helpful! I did not know a residence permit could be requested in my situation! I shall do some further research on this and see if it may be so useful.

Also to those wondering: I am out of Switzerland but I did have some issues leaving Zürich Airport and had to pay a fine. I was told however by the authorities that I do not have to worry about a Travel Ban given my circumstances so that is a relief. I intend to stay in Bia322;ystok, Poland with a dear friend until a solution to this is found.
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Re: Hiring Nightmare Regarding Visas

These are the rules regarding hiring of non-EU nationals.

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

I doubt the farming community have different ones.
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