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Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

Hi everybody this is my first post so I hope I’m doing this right.
My question today was about any pathways I can have to obtain a C permit in Switzerland (French section)
A little bit of backstory :

I’m a non-EU 16 year old who is currently holding a légitimation card. I arrived in Switzerland at the age of 9 and have been attending Swiss schools ever since. My French is almost as good as my primary language. I was hoping on obtaining Swiss nationality a few years ago but unfortunately they changed the law in 2018 so that only C permit holders can apply for naturalisation ( I am aware that my years have still not been completed by that time). However, CDL holders aren’t eligible to apply for C permit except in my specific case being a child of the principal CDL holder (one of my parents). The law says children can obtain C permit after 12 years of residency and must be at least 21 years old. However, I am not sure I will be holding on to this légitimation card for the next 5 years due to one of my parents changing regions for his international functions. What should I do? What permits should I be placed on? I am very keen on attending university here and would very much like to get my C permit instead of going through job searching with the B permit hassle.

You might think I’m a bit young to worry but I am very curious and any help would be great.
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Re: Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

If that's what the law says then I don't see any other way you can do it except the usual route - get a job with a B permit then apply for an early C after 5 years assuming you can meet the criteria. Or become a student - which again gets you a B permit - but not sure how soon you could apply for a C. Would probably need to finish university and then have a job for a few years to qualify.
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Re: Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

Yeah I see. Perhaps being on a student B permit is wise but I’m not sos it’s if my years wills be counted. I read somewhere that you must have been in a work B permit for 2 years to get your student years counted. However, it is very difficult for a Non-Eu citizen to receive employment in Switzerland. It would have been nice to get a C permit before I graduated. Thanks
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Re: Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

Not so sure if my student years will be counted**
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Re: Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

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However, it is very difficult for a Non-Eu citizen to receive employment in Switzerland.
True. But if you graduate from a Swiss Uni, you are treated equally to a Swiss citizen for 6 months after graduation regards job hiring.
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True. But if you graduate from a Swiss Uni, you are treated equally to a Swiss citizen for 6 months after graduation regards job hiring.
Employers are still not very inclined to hire most non-EU graduates, because of the way the cantonal authorities interpret the Nierynck initiative as it was written into law.
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Re: Pathway Carte de légitimation to C permit

Well, if the main CdL holder is moving then his dependents are probably going to have to move as well. In the same way as other dependent permits work, if the main holder loses their permit then so do the dependents. You will have no options except to move, become a student here or find a job if you want to stay in Switzerland. Does your other parent also have a CdL or do they have a Swiss permit?

Even if you do have the CdL for the next few years until you're 21 I think you'd still need to have a job here to be able to get a C and you'd still be subject to the non-EU hiring criteria wouldn't you?
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