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B permit - extensive travel

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I have a question regarding my permit and was hoping someone could advise. I am a B permit holder and EU national. I need to start travelling for work outside of CH quite often and I am not sure how this impacts my permit. Once restrictions ease, I will need to travel possibly 4 months to Austria (not consecutive months) per year, for work, as well as around 1-2 months per year to other EU countries (total around 6 months travel outside of Switzerland). Given this, is there a risk for me to loose my permit? I understood that, as long as you are not travelling more than 3 consecutive months outside of CH, I should be fine. But, I am not sure if there is a maximum amount of time per year one can be out of Switzerland. Many thanks!
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Re: B permit - extensive travel

A problem would be e.g. visiting a girlfriend over the border every other night which means that your center of interest is possibly not in switzerland. I don't think it applies to work-travel. If you want to be super safe you can keep records/proof to demonstrate that it was work-related travel if it ever gets to that, but I don't believe they check electricity bills of every foreigner, you have to give them a strong reason.
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No problem with the permit but you might become tax resident in these other countries which brings with it certain complications.
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A problem would be e.g. visiting a girlfriend over the border every other night which means that your center of interest is possibly not in switzerland. I don't think it applies to work-travel. If you want to be super safe you can keep records/proof to demonstrate that it was work-related travel if it ever gets to that, but I don't believe they check electricity bills of every foreigner, you have to give them a strong reason.

Having an interest outside of the country is of no relevance.
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A problem would be e.g. visiting a girlfriend over the border every other night which means that your center of interest is possibly not in switzerland. I don't think it applies to work-travel. If you want to be super safe you can keep records/proof to demonstrate that it was work-related travel if it ever gets to that, but I don't believe they check electricity bills of every foreigner, you have to give them a strong reason.
Thanks, yes definitely I am planning to keep the paper trail. I wasn't aware of the center of interest part - it would not apply to me which is good.
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No problem with the permit but you might become tax resident in these other countries which brings with it certain complications.
Yes I need to get advice re tax - indeed this is problematic as I understand Austria is quite strict with that. But the first hurdle is to make sure my permit is not impacted.

Just to clarify - there is no time limit I can be out of CH per year?
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Yes I need to get advice re tax - indeed this is problematic as I understand Austria is quite strict with that. But the first hurdle is to make sure my permit is not impacted.

Just to clarify - there is no time limit I can be out of CH per year?
There is a time limit, 6 months. But make sure your employer gives you some documentation that you go abroad work-related.
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There is a time limit, 6 months. But make sure your employer gives you some documentation that you go abroad work-related.
Ok thanks that makes it clear - appreciate it.
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There is a time limit, 6 months. But make sure your employer gives you some documentation that you go abroad work-related.

6 months at a time right? If you go for 4 months come back for a month the go somewhere else for 3 months I believe that is no danger to your permit.


For the tax, your employer would have to figure it out too which is why most Swiss based employers are paranoid about how many days their workers spend outside the country on business.
 




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