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Moving to Switzerland - a few questions

Hi, I've been reading this forum and government FAQ for a while, trying to get the answers, but I'm still a bit confused; hopefully you can clear a few things up. I'm from Slovenia (EU). I've been planning to move to Zurich to be with my girlfriend for a while now - I've learned German to a B1 level and am daily improving. I was planning on trying to get a sales job, for which I have some experience. Hopefully I'll be able to travel to Swiss in June and begin the process.

1. I heard that you increase your chances of getting a job if you have a residence permit L and health insurance already taken care of before applying for a job? Others have said that I should just come here as a tourist, call around and try landing a job before starting the whole process? I usually prefer doing things by the book.

2. I have some money saved, but again was told that to get a positive response for a residency permit one needs around 20.000 Franks. Is that true? My girlfriend has a good job and enough saved (B Permit, Slovene like me), can she "guarantee" for me?

If you could help me I would be very grateful!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland - a few questions

Welcome to the forum.

As you're an EU national you can be here for up to 3 months as a tourist to look for a job. If you haven't found one in that time you can then apply for an L job seeker permit for another 3 months providing you have the funds to support yourself. Figure to work to is CHF100 per day so for 3 months you're looking at roughly CHF9,000 and double that to cover the 6 month period. If the cantonal authorities don't think you have enough savings to cover the 2nd 3 months then you won't get the L permit, simple as that and you'd have to leave the country. Priority is given to hiring people who already live/work here, but you can't get a permit before the 3 months as a tourist is up unless you have an employment contract.

You have 3 months from the time you register as being resident here, i.e applying for a permit with an employment contract in hand, to sort out your health insurance. It has no bearing on getting a job.

And no, your girlfriend can't sponsor in that way. What might be possible is a concubine permit, but for that she'd have to agree to be financially responsible for you for 5 years.
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Re: Moving to Switzerland - a few questions

Hey, thanks for the welcome and a quick and informative reply!

So the correct sequence should be:
0. Register at the regional authorities (was told that that is a muss, since I would have a temporary rent agreement)?
1. Get a job
2. Get health insurance in 3 months
3. Send an application for a residence permit
4. Profit?

But let's say I could gather 20k franks and deposited them on my bank account to show I have enough savings. Are there any benefits for job-hunting with a permit that make it worth the time to apply?
Thanks again for the warm welcome!
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Re: Moving to Switzerland - a few questions

No, don't need a permit to rent, but obviously that depends on the landlord/agency and what type of temp accommodation. As said, as a tourist you can't register for 3 months unless you have an employment contract. It doesn't matter how much money's in your bank account.

If you can find a job then you'll need to apply for your permit before starting work. You don't have to have it in hand, but you do need to register once you have the employment contract so you're not working illegally.

Health insurance can be done at any time in the 3 months after you register, but it's best to do it fairly soon after as the commune/gemeinde will probably want proof that you have it - otherwise after 3 months they may put you on their default health insurance policy which might be more than you'd want to pay.

So order is

1. Arrive as a tourist and look for a job.
2a). When you have a job, register as being a resident.
2b). If no job within 3 months, apply for a job seeker L permit if you have the funds to continue to support yourself.
3. Once you have a job, sort out health insurance.
4. Enjoy life in Switzerland.
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