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Old 07.03.2020, 10:53
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PhD Student Moving To Neuchatel

Hi All!

I have been offered a Paid PhD position (70% activity rate) at the University of Neuchatel and I couldn't be more ecstatic! However, happy as I am about the opportunity, the thought about going through the visa process and bureaucracy (which some things I am still unsure of) terrifies me. I've already done some initial reading in the threads here but I was hoping that by posting through this forum, you guys would be able to provide feedback, advice, or maybe even some answers that are more specific to my situation

So, just a bit of background about the situation and myself: I am a Non-EU citizen (Filipino) but I am currently based in Dublin, Ireland. My husband is also Non-EU (Filipino) and we have been living here in Dublin for around 18 months. We currently have no children. The 1st year gross salary of my PhD position is at 69,900 CHF.

Here go my questions:

1. I have read from a couple of previous threads in this forum where Non-EU PhD students (particularly in Neuchatel) were able to get a family reunification visa for their spouse as well as their spouse getting full working rights. However, none of these are current (nothing 2019 onwards). I was wondering if this is still the case for Neuchatel canton or has immigration tightened up their regulations?

This is extremely important to me as my husband currently has a good job here in Dublin (he works for Facebook). He has been extremely supportive about me pursuing my academic career (lucky me!) and said he is willing to move to Switzerland to support me. Also, I am not delusional and believes he will get a job in the first 6 - 12 months with zero French but he has shown willingness to learn French so hopefully him being able to work is something I would really like in the next 12 months or so

2. With a net salary of around ~49,000 CHF (70% rate), is this enough for immigration to grant him the family reunification visa? Do they look at gross salary or net salary?

I know it's 2000 CHF per month/person and I guess I could supplement whatever is missing but do you think by itself my PhD salary will be enough?

3. Are students exempted from withholding tax? Tried ETZ's salary calculator but couldn't be sure I am inputting the correct data as I don't know exactly the tax requirements for PhD students

4. With a net salary of ~3500 - 3800 CHF monthly, is this potentially going to be enough for 2 people?

I've done a bit of research in this as well and I noticed Neuchatel and Dublin's living cost are kind of similar (heck, Dublin's rent is even more expensive than Neuchatel - the surprise!). I'm not big on shopping (or most material things TBH), we don't go out drinking/partying much, don't really dine out (even here in Dublin we limit it to once a week as dining out is EXPENSIVE). However, what I would like is a decent one-bedroom apartment, some money for grocery, food, utilities, transpo, and even some extra stash if possible.

Whew, what a long post but I thank all of you guys in advance for the generosity of your time to give help and advice! I would be extremely grateful and I hope to meet some of ya'll very soon!
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