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Change of visa during studies

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I hope you all are ok. I'm writing you because it's been impossible to find information regard this topic. Im studying my master degree in Switzerland. I applied for a part time job in my field of studies and if everything works good with them, I would like to know if during my studies, is possible to change my visa for a work visa in case I get the job. do you have information regard that topic?

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Hi everyone!

I hope you all are ok. I'm writing you because it's been impossible to find information regard this topic. Im studying my master degree in Switzerland. I applied for a part time job in my field of studies and if everything works good with them, I would like to know if during my studies, is possible to change my visa for a work visa in case I get the job. do you have information regard that topic?
There are many existing threads about this - try searching for answers (and if anyone can find a good one I'll merge this thread with a previous one).

Also note that it's not a Visa that you're talking about, but a residence permit. Quite different things here.
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On a student permit you can work 15 hours a week. To get a standard work permit, the employer would have to go through the non-EU hiring process.
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Re: Change of visa during studies

What Island Monkey said. As a student you can work up to 15 hours a week during term time.

To go from student to full time employee the employer would have to go through this process - and you need to have a degree as well so not a good idea to drop out.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html
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What Island Monkey said. As a student you can work up to 15 hours a week during term time.

To go from student to full time employee the employer would have to go through this process - and you need to have a degree as well so not a good idea to drop out.

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...zulassung.html
Not planning of drop my studies. That's why I mentioned that is a part time job. In that way I pretend to keep studying because as you say is super important. Thanks all for the information!
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Not planning of drop my studies. That's why I mentioned that is a part time job. In that way I pretend to keep studying because as you say is super important. Thanks all for the information!
Hello, if that's the case the student permit already includes 15 hours a week of a salaried job. If I remember well you need to notify the university about the job, and tell your employer you're on student permit. No more.
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Hello, if that's the case the student permit already includes 15 hours a week of a salaried job. If I remember well you need to notify the university about the job, and tell your employer you're on student permit. No more.
Hello. Just thinking out of the box... is super crazy thinking about change the status of my permit for one for work (of course im supposing that the company would be willing to do that process) and keep studying? I think about it because if my permit change of status, I would be able to pay less at the uni (now as a non EU citizen I have to pay more for the semester just because my permit is for study purposes).
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Re: Change of visa during studies

Check this quick review made by ETH for students. I guess the info applies more or less to all other universities. During lecture periods, max 15 hours a week. During non-lecture periods, you may work full-time but the employer has to apply for residence/work permit. https://ethz.ch/en/studies/internati...mployment.html

On a second thought about money. How does your health insurance works? Students with no gainful employment get an exception to the mandatory health insurance. If you switch to work permit, you have to pay Swiss health insurance. Make sure the health insurance is not more expensive than the semester.
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Hello. Just thinking out of the box... is super crazy thinking about change the status of my permit for one for work (of course im supposing that the company would be willing to do that process) and keep studying? I think about it because if my permit change of status, I would be able to pay less at the uni (now as a non EU citizen I have to pay more for the semester just because my permit is for study purposes).
Short answer is no. You're getting this job because you're a student. The company wouldn't be able to get you a new permit because of the criteria they and you (need a masters degree) need to meet as per the link I provided.

You can work 15 hours per week during term time because your main occupation here is being a student. Forget about any change to your permit until after you graduate. When you do that you'll have 6 months when you can ask for a job seeker permit to look for a job here without the employer having to go through the non-EU hiring criteria.
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