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Old 09.03.2020, 20:41
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Company applying for work permit

Hi all,

My current company in the UK is transferring me from London to Zurich. I am both a UK and EU citizen and hold both passports.

Contract is almost ready, discussing it with HR tomorrow. For the work permit they've asked me if I already have the details of my lease. I explained that the way I knew this would go is:

1/ Get contract signed with start date 1st May
2/ Use contract and other details as the basis of applying for an apartment (let's say by mid April)
3/ Use lease details + contract for my company to sort out B visa

Am I understanding this process correctly? Am I missing anything?

If I live in temporary accommodation ie Serviced apartment/Friends apartment/relatives - would those be valid addresses I could supply for the work permit?

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Re: Company applying for work permit

Yes, that's pretty much it. And yes, a serviced apartment will work so long as the lease is for a few weeks as far as I know. Friends/relatives would be a bit more problematic since you need to be able to put your name on the mail box and for friends, they'd need permission from their landlord/agency and you might need to have a sublet contract.
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Yes, that's pretty much it. And yes, a serviced apartment will work so long as the lease is for a few weeks as far as I know. Friends/relatives would be a bit more problematic since you need to be able to put your name on the mail box and for friends, they'd need permission from their landlord/agency and you might need to have a sublet contract.
Understood. If a service apartment works I can go with that short term, I will check that with them tomorrow see what they think.
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Understood. If a service apartment works I can go with that short term, I will check that with them tomorrow see what they think.
Get them to check with the cantonal migration office to be sure. I know some cantons won't accept AirBnB places for example, but serviced should be okay.
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You need to apply for your B permit before you start work, regardless of if you have sorted your apartment or not.
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You need to apply for your B permit before you start work, regardless of if you have sorted your apartment or not.
That's fine as well as I can work as being employed by my company's UK entity until the paperwork is ready.

I wanted to however understand what is accepted as accommodation so I can get my work permit started.
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Re: Company applying for work permit

I don't think you can work as employed by your UK entity because that would you are self employer and there are rules where you must ask authorization from the canton.


about the permit, there is no role by your employer. it is purely on the EU individual to apply for the work permit with a valid rental contract.


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I don't think you can work as employed by your UK entity because that would you are self employer and there are rules where you must ask authorization from the canton.


about the permit, there is no role by your employer. it is purely on the EU individual to apply for the work permit with a valid rental contract.


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For now, the immigration company is taking care of this. If they say the cannot do it and I need to do it myself, then I will come to Zurich and get it sorted. But good to know, I will let them know.

What I found as a temporary solution - near to Zurich city/central, I can find some very small apartments/studios that have a rent around 800-900 CHF all bills included. If they will rent short term (3-4 months), I want to go for one of those, get my work permit sorted and then I can rent the 4 room flat in the area that I want. Will that be accepted, you think? Should come with a standard lease/contract
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Re: Company applying for work permit

So my employer have of course confirmed what was said here and what I just talked to about with Migration Zurich:

They have stated that I need to go and apply in person with my signed contract, EU Passport and local lease contract of over 12 months/unlimited. (so this unfortunately puts the option of getting something short term on ice).

There is also this option too, also confirmed by the lady I had on the phone, I think for < 90 days work period, for which my company could register me using the following link: https://meweb.admin.ch/meldeverfahren/
Information on that came from the lady I spoke to just now as well as over here on their website: https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirt...verfahren.html

This could give me the 3 months I need to find a place I like rather than rush into renting something that would limit me on options without changing schools for my daughter, etc.

What do people here think?
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There is also this option too, also confirmed by the lady I had on the phone, I think for < 90 days work period, for which my company could register me using the following link: https://meweb.admin.ch/meldeverfahren/
Information on that came from the lady I spoke to just now as well as over here on their website: https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirt...verfahren.html

This could give me the 3 months I need to find a place I like rather than rush into renting something that would limit me on options without changing schools for my daughter, etc.

What do people here think?

Isn´t that for stays in Switzerland for 90 days in ONE calender year? Can that then be combined with a regular L/B permit after that?
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Isn´t that for stays in Switzerland for 90 days in ONE calender year? Can that then be combined with a regular L/B permit after that?
That's exactly what is not clear to me. I've asked the immigration team to research it.
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