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Old 06.08.2021, 17:13
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Swiss Carte De Legitimation - Live in France as US citizen

Hello everyone,

I apologize if this has already been answered, but, I have truly scoured this page and cannot find the answer if it has. Please forgive dual posting.

I am a US citizen. I am moving to Geneva area for employment with a UN Agency in Geneva. I will receive a carte de legitimation (CDL) as a result (Swiss residence and work permit, as you probably know). I prefer to live in neighboring France because it is cheaper and offers larger more rural spaces, I won't need to be in the office every day, and I have two large dogs (making accommodation in a small apartment in Swiss area around Geneva impractical).

I am wondering if anyone knows what additional permits/visas a US citizen with a Swiss CDL would need to live in France? Even the French Consulate here in the US did not clearly answer the question and I've called almost every consulate, permanent mission etc possible with no success.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Swiss Carte De Legitimation - Live in France as US citizen

Many diplomats and international civil servants posted to Geneva live in France. (I didn't, but then my Mission paid my rent. I lived in Vessy.)

I recall a notorious instance when an Algerian diplomat accredited to the UN was stopped and investigated (!) at Meyrin or environs. Scandalous: he would have had the same Carte de Légitimation I had, but perhaps not Swiss diplomatic licence plates. And of course he would have spoken fluent French.

There has to be a personnel office at the UN that knows what to do and will do it.

Here's a page on the taxation status of UN staff as to France: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/em...internationaux

Also not relevant to your question directly, but relevant to your status: https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...immunites.html

This essay doesn't answer your question but does survey the universe of frontier workers https://www.unige.ch/sciences-societ...erEnSuisse.pdf

Presumably like me you have employer-sponsored private health insurance. If not, read this: https://www.cleiss.fr/particuliers/j...en_suisse.html

Here's a real estate agent's view: https://www.agence-immo-ds.com/ou-ha...se-geneve.html

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