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New job, new permit - can I continue to work?

Dear EF gods,

It's a dense topic to browse, so apologies if I missed this somewhere else (and thanks in advance if you could direct me to the relevant thread/s).
  • I am non-EU.
  • I've just been offered a tempting job, for which I would need a B permit.
  • I currently have a G permit (carte de legitimation).

I'm wondering how to go about this transition. I understand that the application process for a B permit for non-EU citizens can take up to 6 months. Can I continue to work my current job during the application process? Or do I need to give up my current permit and job while I wait for the new B permit? And then, what if it's unsuccessful? I'll have quit my job, been unemployed for 6 months, and not be able to start a new job.

Part 2 of this question is the fact that my wife is EU and currently on a B permit, working until 15 November (after which we don't yet know whether she will stay with a B permit or move to G as well). So I'm thinking that the regroupement familial could also come into play? I'm starting to research this now, but thought it could be relevant to those who are more "in the know" in this forum.

*deep bow* thank you!

Edit: to be clear, by G permit, I mean a CDL type G. Not a cross-border commuter G permit.
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Re: New job, new permit - can I continue to work?

Is there any way you can wait a little until you find out whether your wife will stay on B permit or move to a CdL?

The reason I ask is that you mention your wife is EU. If she stays on a B permit and you become her dependent, your new employer does not need to go through the non-EU hiring process for you.

AFAIK, you can remain on your CdL while the B permit is processing, but it may be best to contact the Permanent Mission to double-check. This page has a link to the contact info:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...functions.html

Let us know how it works out!
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Old 20.10.2019, 20:38
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Re: New job, new permit - can I continue to work?

Thanks for replying, 3W!

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Is there any way you can wait a little until you find out whether your wife will stay on B permit or move to a CdL?

The reason I ask is that you mention your wife is EU. If she stays on a B permit and you become her dependent, your new employer does not need to go through the non-EU hiring process for you.
The problem with that (I think) is that, to become her dependent, I would need to give up my CDL and job.

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AFAIK, you can remain on your CdL while the B permit is processing, but it may be best to contact the Permanent Mission to double-check. This page has a link to the contact info:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...functions.html
Thanks. I'll certainly do that.

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