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Moving to Switzerland from Canada

Hi All,

Iím a naturalized Canadian citizen with an MBA from the U.S. and 10 years work experience in Canada.

Iím single, no kids and fluent in French (C1), in addition to English and my native language.

Iím looking to move to Geneva or anywhere in Suisse romande but I'm aware that itís very difficult for non-EU nationals.

I read that itís easier to get a job at an international organization but would that allow me to apply to permanent residence in the future?

Also, how about doing another masterís degree? I donít really need it but itís just a way for me to enter the country and get a job after graduation. Is that a good idea?


Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from Canada

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I don't know what you do, but you need to find a "specialised" job, so that the employer can make a case for employing a non-eu citizen.

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Also, how about doing another masterís degree? I donít really need it but itís just a way for me to enter the country and get a job after graduation. Is that a good idea?
You won't get a permit to do a second masters. You would have to show that coming here would improve your education level. So you'd be looking a a PhD if you wanted to go down that route.
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I don't know what you do, but you need to find a "specialised" job, so that the employer can make a case for employing a non-eu citizen.
The only special skill I have is that I speak Arabic (native language) but based on my research that could only be useful for jobs in the UN. Any other ideas on how I can use my language skills in Geneva?
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Re: Moving to Switzerland from Canada

Jobs at the UN will not give you permanent residence status. It is not any easier to get another job as you will remain a non-EU despite your time in Switzerland.

The UN is going through serious financial challenges and there are recruitment freezes in place. There are exceptions, of course, but jobs there are limited.
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Hi All,

Iím a naturalized Canadian citizen with an MBA from the U.S. and 10 years work experience in Canada.

Iím single, no kids and fluent in French (C1), in addition to English and my native language.

Iím looking to move to Geneva or anywhere in Suisse romande but I'm aware that itís very difficult for non-EU nationals.
Is difficult but far from impossible.

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I read that itís easier to get a job at an international organization but would that allow me to apply to permanent residence in the future?
International organizations are outside the immigration system, so no immigration approval is required from Swiss authorities.

However, the tradeoff is that the type of "permit" (quotes because it is technically not a permit) does not allow you to accrue any years towards permanent residence.

And should say that getting a job with international organizations is not all that easy. For a lot of positions today you'll be competing against several internal candidates, many that have been working with the organization for years as interns/contracts. Which isn't to say it is impossible, but you almost have to be over qualified for the position.

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Also, how about doing another masterís degree? I donít really need it but itís just a way for me to enter the country and get a job after graduation. Is that a good idea?
Won't be very effective this way. Difficult to get a permit to do studies at same level you have completed previously. And on top of that, at the master's level you don't get much access to the labour market. Even post-PhD non-EU's only get some months of access, and many/most still find it difficult to secure a job in CH.


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Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you!
There are a number of areas in which there is/are massive shortages in Switzerland, especially suisse romande.

In those areas most employers continually post positions, so when they do come across a suitable non-EU candidate they can use the fact the position has been unfilled for 6+ months as evidence there's no one inside CH that can fill it.

In the same vein, headhunters are always looking for credible candidates with those skills/expertise.

Look for ads and get a feel for what areas these are. Reach out to headhunters and do your best to appear a credible candidate (not just someone who is day dreaming about the mountains).

With an MBA and 10 years of experience, you can probably find at least one of these areas in which you have some kind of distinguishing experience.
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There are a number of areas in which there is/are massive shortages in Switzerland, especially suisse romande.

In those areas most employers continually post positions, so when they do come across a suitable non-EU candidate they can use the fact the position has been unfilled for 6+ months as evidence there's no one inside CH that can fill it.

In the same vein, headhunters are always looking for credible candidates with those skills/expertise.

Look for ads and get a feel for what areas these are. Reach out to headhunters and do your best to appear a credible candidate (not just someone who is day dreaming about the mountains).

With an MBA and 10 years of experience, you can probably find at least one of these areas in which you have some kind of distinguishing experience.

Thank you for your detailed and very helpful reply. The first step for me now is to translate my CV from English to French and follow the swiss format.

So far I've been using the following job sites: LinkedIn, Indeed.ch, jobup.ch and jobs.ch. Any other suggestions?

I will also search for major headhunters in Suisse Romande.
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