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Old 20.03.2020, 22:22
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Unemployment benefits on an expired L-permit?


I am an EU national currently working as a contractor in Switzerland. My contract ends soon and so is my L-permit. If my contract is not extended - am I eligible for unemployment benefits? I have 1 year work experience in Switzerland and before that - multiple years in a EU country.
The information I find on the Internet is that people with a valid Swiss residence or settlement permit are eligible for UB. Here an L-permit is described as a special case - short term residence permit. Therefore I have four questions.

1. Is my understanding correct that people with L-permit are not eligible for UB?
2. If people with a valid L-permit are eligible for UB then what are the chances that migrationsamt will extend my permit clearly knowing that I am unemployed and knowing that granting me the permit will make me eligible for UB?
3. Even if I somehow apply for UB - I know there are some unpaid penalty days added if I cannot prove that I was starting to look for a new job (which is the case) 3 months before end of my contract. Plus everyone also gets some unpaid waiting days. Does anybody know how-many days it can take in s similar case until one starts getting UB payments?
4. Here it is said that the level of the UB depends on the salary subject to OASI. Working as a contract through a payroll company - is it full bruto sum I see on my monthly payslip or a different number?

Would like to hear from people with similar experience.

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Re: Unemployment benefits on an expired L-permit?

Sorry, no idea but have a thread bump in case someone knows and can provide info.
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Re: Unemployment benefits on an expired L-permit?

Hi, the short answer is no. I was in similar situation a few years ago. In the end, it was easier looking for a job than applying UB. To get the money, you need a valid work permit or a letter proving that your work permit is under application (which is not going to happen if you don't have a new job). As long as you can get one of the two, you can get UB. If they found out that you are not honest, they can ask for the money back.

Answers to your questions:
1. I think people with L permit is eligible for UB only if they work at least 12 months within the last 24 months and UB is only valid as long as the work permit is valid.
2. Your permit will not be renewed as long as you don't have a new contract.
3. Usually 3 weeks. Or longer if you resigned.
4. 70% of your salary and 80% if you have children. You have to pay tax for the money you received.
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