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Questions about a Work Permit for Switzerland

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So I am currently looking into moving to Switzerland as my long term partner also lives there and is a Swiss citizen. I currently have a HND in Cyber Security and possibly by the time I move will have my BSc, however in the past I was arrested because of some very serious false allegations that were brought against me. These allegations never went anyways other than the arrest and interview and I received a no further action letter from the police and the case was closed. I was never charged or convicted of any offence and this was the only time I was in trouble with the Police.

I do believe this arrest is still on my record but I'm not sure if it would come up on the Police Certificate I would have to produce with my application, my question is would this affect my application in anyway and should I disclose this to the Swiss Embassy even if it doesn't appear on my Police Certificate.

If I should disclose it how should I go about explaining it as I said it was a false allegation made against me from someone who I knew personally but hadn't had much contact with.

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Re: Questions about a Work Permit for Switzerland

Welcome to the forum.

I'd order a Police Certificate and see if it's on there first. If not, then probably no need to disclose it.
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I'd order a Police Certificate and see if it's on there first. If not, then probably no need to disclose it.
Yes, order yourself a criminal record check and see! Also depends on what level of check you are required to provide as to how much info is on it.
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Old 04.04.2021, 10:50
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Re: Questions about a Work Permit for Switzerland

In which banana republic does an arrest / questioning that led to charges being dropped result in a criminal record?
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In which banana republic does an arrest / questioning that led to charges being dropped result in a criminal record?
Depends on what you mean by "criminal record", I suppose. In the USA, anyone can search for the "criminal record" of anyone else quite easily. What is meant by that is one can search for the arrest history of a person.

It doesn't matter if the charges were dropped, if the accusations were false, etc. The arrest record is still visible for anyone to see - potential employers, potential landlords, etc. etc. In that sense, the Americans tend to equate the arrest history with a criminal record.

It's a shame and certainly puts people at a disadvantage. Most employment applications will ask whether the applicant has ever been arrested, not whether the applicant was convicted of a crime.
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Depends on what you mean by "criminal record", I suppose. In the USA, anyone can search for the "criminal record" of anyone else quite easily. What is meant by that is one can search for the arrest history of a person.

It doesn't matter if the charges were dropped, if the accusations were false, etc. The arrest record is still visible for anyone to see - potential employers, potential landlords, etc. etc. In that sense, the Americans tend to equate the arrest history with a criminal record.

It's a shame and certainly puts people at a disadvantage. Most employment applications will ask whether the applicant has ever been arrested, not whether the applicant was convicted of a crime.
Banana republic, as I said. It is amazing that this is constitutional.
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Banana republic, as I said. It is amazing that this is constitutional.
Yea it really sucks and I am from the UK, Guess I will just have to see what shows on my Police Certificate if it does I will just be honest to the embassy and explain the whole situation I can't really see it being a huge problem just sucks really.

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Old 04.04.2021, 15:46
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Having a police record and working in security might be an issue. Let‘s hope nothing is shown.
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Old 04.04.2021, 18:58
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It’s called being ‘known to the police’ and from what I remember in Ireland it can be included in the report on the instructions of a Garda (Police) Chief Superintendent. Usually reserved for suspected members of the IRA etc.
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