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Question about work permits.

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I've lived in Switzerland since March and I currently have and L permit which my current employers organised for me before I moved out here. My permit expires in Feb, which is about the time I'll start at a new job, so I was hoping to start the renewal process pretty soon just to get it out of the way. My question is, do I have to go through the application process myself, or does it have to be processed through my new employer? I emailed the office in Zurich directly, but I figured I might get a quicker answer from someone here!
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Old 01.01.2020, 22:33
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Re: Question about work permits.

Looks like your British according to your profile. In which case, when you get your new contract, you just take it to your Gemeinde yourself and renew your permit.

.... Also looks like you are a zoo keeper?? Seriously?? Are you doing that here? Super cool, very jealous!
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Looks like your British according to your profile. In which case, when you get your new contract, you just take it to your Gemeinde yourself and renew your permit.

.... Also looks like you are a zoo keeper?? Seriously?? Are you doing that here? Super cool, very jealous!
Brilliant, thanks!
Yes, I am ;-) I currently work at a small zoo in Rapperswil, and I'm moving to Zurich zoo at the start of February.
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Re: Question about work permits.

Bumping this thread instead of starting a new one. I've been googling about different permits and I keep finding contradictory info, so I figured I'd ask some people with first hand experience.

So I've just started a new job, and at the same time I applied for a new Ausweiss as my original L was about to expire. I (maybe stupidly) applied to extend my L, as my new contract is only for two years and everyone told me I wouldn't get a B permit on a limited contract; I've since read somewhere that that isn't strictly true, and you can maybe get a B if your contract is more than a year long..? I also plan on moving to another canton in the near future, not sure if that would affect anything or give me a chance to apply for a different permit.
Has anyone been in a similar situation and know what I can do after the first year? Will they extend my L again, give me a B...? There's a high chance that my contract will become permanent, but for now I have to assume it's only for two years. I'm from the UK, so at the minute I'm still living under EU rules, but that will change as of January (and my L permit expires a year from now).
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Re: Question about work permits.

Usually contracts over a year will get a B.

If you get an L you could try for a B with the new canton.
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Re: Question about work permits.

Anything over 12-month contract and you are entitled to a B, so I'd go and talk to your Gemeinde. If they say they can't do anything now your paperwork is in, go back to them if the permit comes back as an L.

You def want a B because it will be a 5-year permit and you will retain your existing rights going forward once the Brexit transition period ends at the end of this year.

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You def want a B because if will be a 5-year permit you will retain your existing rights going forward once the Brexit transition period ends at the end of this year.
Thanks for the info! I was so annoyed I listened to them when they said ask for an L, but like I said, I found so much contradictory info I didn't really know what to do, plus I didn't have a lot of time left as the local office messed up one of my forms, so I had to re-do it. I have already been given a new L, but I figured I can apply for a B in November, by which point I'll still have 13 months on my contract, and the EU rules will still be in place. Failing that, will I get another L if it's from another Canton?
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Re: Question about work permits.

Just go and ask for a B now. Saves all sorts of hassle later. Say you think the L is a mistake because the contract is for more than 12 months.

When you move, you'll get the same permit as currently, probably just with a new page with your new address (obv for a fee)
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Re: Question about work permits.

Nobody is entitled to a specific permit (B or L, EU or non-EU). As an EU (for now at least given you are UK) you are entitled to live legally in Switzerland with a Swiss work contract.

It is up to the cantonís discretion to issue an L or B. Different cantons different practices but typically temp positions or triangular contracts via agencies (even if open-ended / above 12 months) or low skilled jobs get Lís that are renewed yearly. You can try contesting this but it will be tricky given there is no legal framework to back it. The bilaterals with the EU donít cover the type of permit to be issued, just the right to reside.

A change of canton will only get you the permit that has already been issued to you assuming no change in circumstances.
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Re: Question about work permits.

Thanks for the help. I guess as long as I can renew my L back go back, then it doesn't matter as much, although I'd obviously prefer a B. I was also concerned what would happen after my second L expires, as I'd heard it can only be extended once.
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I was also concerned what would happen after my second L expires, as I'd heard it can only be extended once.

Don't sweat on it.
They can give you as many L permits as they like, and it's not limited to 2 years. That may be the case (max 2 years) on an L permit issued once, but I had a number of L's, over 3 years, before I got a B, and the B was limited to 3 years anyway.
The main thing is, you have a permit. They will extend it as long as you retain your job.


Now come on, spill the beans. Are you looking after tigers or moths?
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Re: Question about work permits.

Yeah I wasn't too worried, just wanted some clarification... there is so much information out there.

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Now come on, spill the beans. Are you looking after tigers or moths?
Elephants ;-)
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