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Hi. Can someone give a definitive answer to this question, had some conflicting information?

I am an EU citizen married to a non EU citizen (Australian). My spouse and I live in France and he has a 5 year carte de séjour.

How does my spouse obtain a G permit to work in Switzerland as a cross border worker and live in France? As the spouse of an EU citizen can this be granted without me first obtaining a G permit?

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Re: G Permit

Welcome to the Forum.

Direct from the federal website:
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...willigung.html

Is the 5-year permit equivalent to permanent residency, and do you live in a border zone?

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Welcome to the Forum.

Direct from the federal website:
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...willigung.html

Is the 5-year permit equivalent to permanent residency, and do you live in a border zone?
"and fulfill the labor market requirements"

I don't know if I understand that correctly, but sounds like he'd also have to go through the usual Non-EU hiring processes (i.e. employer would have to prove no EU or CH citizen to do the job).
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"and fulfill the labor market requirements"

I don't know if I understand that correctly, but sounds like he'd also have to go through the usual Non-EU hiring processes (i.e. employer would have to prove no EU or CH citizen to do the job).
Good point. Maybe that's where OP's question comes in about having to obtain his/her own G permit first and then perhaps the spouse would also qualify as a dependent and not have to go through non-EU hiring. Not sure.

Hopefully some permit experts will be along shortly.
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Thanks for your replies. The 5 year carte de séjour is renewable on its expiry to permanent status provided you’re still living in France.
It would seem ridiculous not to grant a G permit to the spouse of an EU citizen as if we had chosen to live in Switzerland the spouse would have the same work rights as the EU citizen anyway, I think. Surely this is what free movement is all about...
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It would seem ridiculous not to grant a G permit to the spouse of an EU citizen as if we had chosen to live in Switzerland the spouse would have the same work rights as the EU citizen anyway, I think. Surely this is what free movement is all about...
Welcome to Switzerland, where the rules often make no sense!

Looks like he'd need a permanent carte de séjour, then possibly would have to go through the non-eu hiring rules. You have freedom of movement, he doesn't. He is only entitled to live and work where you live.

Edit: Also as you are British, Brexit could also change everything.......
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Thanks for your replies. The 5 year carte de séjour is renewable on its expiry to permanent status provided you’re still living in France.
It would seem ridiculous not to grant a G permit to the spouse of an EU citizen as if we had chosen to live in Switzerland the spouse would have the same work rights as the EU citizen anyway, I think. Surely this is what free movement is all about...
No, it obviously isn’t! Free movement of labor is one of cornerstones of the the single market, it is not about granting you individual rights. Switzerland has limited access to the single market and in return must facilitate to a limited extent the freedom of the four forms of capital.

The single market is being built for the benefit of the citizens of the EU/EEA/CH, so when it comes to a benefit such as the movement of labor, they get priority, followed by permanent residents.
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