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UK citizen, permanent resident in EU, working in Switzerland

Hi,

As the subject says, I am a UK national, with permanent residency in a EU country.

Does having permanent residency in another EU country change anything/ speed up the process when applying for a work visa? Or is my EU permanent residency irrelevant? I work as a computer engineer, contracting.

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Re: UK citizen, permanent resident in EU, working in Switzerland

If you were already working in Switzerland as a frontier worker before the end of 2020, you would be covered by the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the UK-CH citizens' rights agreement and able to continue as a frontier worker and even change jobs in Switzerland while remaining a frontier worker.

If you were not already a frontier worker, then non-EU citizens can only become one if they have lived in a designated area within a certain distance of the Swiss border for at least 6 months before applying for a G permit (and I believe also to have lived in that EU country for 12 months? but I'd have to check that)... If you live outside that limited area, you cannot become a frontier worker in Switzerland; you would have to apply for a work permit in the normal way (non-EU but UK-specific quota) and your employer would have to demonstrate that they couldn't find a CH resident or Swiss or EU citizen to do the job.

In short, permanent residency in an EU country is (and always was) completely irrelevant to getting a work permit in Switzerland. It was EU *citizenship* that makes (and, for Brits, made) it easier.

Contracting is also going to be more difficult for you now; almost certainly need an L permit, and the recruitment precedence rules still apply, and it can easily take 4-8 weeks to get the permit. Puts you at a terrible competitive disadvantage compared with equivalent EU citizens I'm afraid.

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Thanks for the advice.
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