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Hello,

As an Australian citizen, I am willing to move to Switzerland for working and living purposes. I had some questions though, and I would appreciate some answers to them. I have read that I will have to live in Switzerland for 10 years in order to receive the permanent residence permit C. I have to start off with a permit B in order to get permit C in 10 years. I have also read that when applying for permit C, I have to be able to fluently speak and write the official language of the canton where I am residing.

Q1. Is it compulsory to know the language of the canton where I apply for permit C?

Q2. Is it possible to permanently live in Switzerland with the permit B by renewing the permit every year?

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Old 04.04.2020, 13:33
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Re: Residence permits

Q1: Yes there are demands as for knowing the local language, but does not have to be fluent.

Q2: Yes. (Or renew every 5 year)
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Q3: Are there any differences between permit B and permit C (with regards to rights and regulations)
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Re: Residence permits

A3: Both are residence permits and allows you to work and live in Switzerland. However, a B permit is restricted to the employer who sponsors it mostly. With a C permit you can live in Switzerland as permanent resident which means employers will prefer you (wrt B permit). A C permit is not linked to any job so you can still live here as long as you can support yourself. A c permit also is mandatory for Swiss citizenship now.
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Q3: Are there any differences between permit B and permit C (with regards to rights and regulations)
C Offers more freedom, rights and duties and is unlimited, and can be put longer on hold if you need to leave for some time.

B Offers simplified taxing when earning less than 120K

I'd say as for daily life only the method of taxing is a noticeable difference.
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Hello,

As an Australian citizen, I am willing to move to Switzerland for working and living purposes. I had some questions though, and I would appreciate some answers to them. I have read that I will have to live in Switzerland for 10 years in order to receive the permanent residence permit C. I have to start off with a permit B in order to get permit C in 10 years. I have also read that when applying for permit C, I have to be able to fluently speak and write the official language of the canton where I am residing.

Q1. Is it compulsory to know the language of the canton where I apply for permit C?

Q2. Is it possible to permanently live in Switzerland with the permit B by renewing the permit every year?

Thanks,
Zain
You may be willing, but if you don't have qualifications/experience that an employer is looking for you simply won't get here. As a non-EU national the employer has to try and get your permit and they have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html

Usually it's 10 years for non-EU nationals before they can apply for a C permit, but early application is possible after 5 years under VINTA, assuming you meet the criteria: good integration, speak the language, abide by Swiss laws, etc.

Note that the language requirements apply to both B and C permits, not just C alone. While an employer might be able to get you a B permit (and no guarantee of that since there are quota limits and more L's available than B's) for the first year you may well need to show you're enrolled in a language course or have a language proficiency certificate for the canton's official language when it comes time to renew said permit.
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And right now no new permits are issued at all.
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Re: Residence permits

Q4. In Switzerland, do employers have preference towards particular workers over others when employing? (for example EU nationals over non EU)

Q4. To receive a permit B, do you need to able to speak your canton’s language or does that only apply with permit C?
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Q4. To receive a permit B, do you need to able to speak your canton’s language or does that only apply with permit C?
I already answered this - they have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national before they'd be allowed to hire you. There is also a strong emphasis from the Swiss goverment for employers to hire people who already have permission to live/work here.

Not initially, but you may well need to prove language proficiency or at least be enrolled in a language course when it comes time to renew the B permit. And note that most non-EU nationals will get an L permit for the first two years rather than a B to start off with.
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And right now no new permits are issued at all.
Good time to plan, day-dream (moving in general), do some tedious research.

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I already answered this - they have to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national before they'd be allowed to hire you. There is also a strong emphasis from the Swiss goverment for employers to hire people who already have permission to live/work here.

Not initially, but you may well need to prove language proficiency or at least be enrolled in a language course when it comes time to renew the B permit. And note that most non-EU nationals will get an L permit for the first two years rather than a B to start off with.
It'll be interesting to see how new British arrivals are treated in practice after the transition period. With Switzerland offering as many permits as they did in the no deal preparations they seem reasonably keen on keeping the numbers up to a decent extent. Perhaps I'm being unduly optimistic but I can't help put feel high earning bankers, pharma employees etc. will still for the most part be able to come.
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A big thank you to everyone who helped me answer the question! I appreciate it a lot.
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It'll be interesting to see how new British arrivals are treated in practice after the transition period. With Switzerland offering as many permits as they did in the no deal preparations they seem reasonably keen on keeping the numbers up to a decent extent. Perhaps I'm being unduly optimistic but I can't help put feel high earning bankers, pharma employees etc. will still for the most part be able to come.
Thanks for hijacking the thread but yes you are being unduly optimistic.

The Federal Council's stance is very clear on Brexit: after 31 December 2020, new UK migrants to Switzerland will be treated as every other non-EU/EFTA citizen and will be subject to the entry conditions as laid out in the Swiss Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA) notably restricted access to the labor market, restricted family reunification and national preference.

"High earning bankers pharma employees etc." from the UK (just as from any other non-EU/EFTA state) will be allowed access to the Swiss labor market if it can be proven no other suitable candidates in the Swiss or entire EU/EFTA labor markets could be found and if there are enough quotas left.

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