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Job seeker permit issue for EU-8

Hello everybody,

I am posting this thread in hopes of someone amongst the forum members or maybe some other EU-8 citizens have dealt with the following matter before me or knows better than I!
Since I am fairly new in Switzelrand and beginner in German, it takes quite a while for me to get into the system and understanding the laws and regulations.
I moved to Zurich about 3 months ago, and registered with my local Gemeinde within 8 days. I am renting an apartment in Rorbas and moved here with job seeking purposes ( thought it would be a better idea to already be in the country when looking for a job, taken that the first 90 days, permit is not needed).
Well to make it more clear, I had prospective job position waiting for me in a private jet company in Zurich. SO, being enthusiastic and exited about the possibility, I moved from Los Angeles ( married to an American) to Switzerland by the end of May. Before that I was visiting my home country Estonia for a month. When I called to make sure the meeting/interview was going to take place after my arrival, they unfortunately had to tell me, they already had found someone for the job. By that time the moving plans were already made, and my husband and I had planed it for some time. So as we already had an apartment waiting for us, I moved to Zurich in May and started to look for a job on the spot, the same way I had been doing it via internet in the U.S. I defenately knew it was not going to be easy, since the lack of German skills and being part of the EU-8 citizens, but thought about my possibilities and desided to take advantage of the given 90 days to search the job,learn the language, mingle with locals, register with recruitment agencies etc. Well, as I said it has not been so easy and getting through the first round of job interviews has been as far as I have gotten ( reason for being- not enough experience, german skills required and of course the hassle of getting me the work permit- so they rather go with the ones that already have the permits or Swiss citizens).
So now I am in the stage of filing for an extended stay ( job seeker permit F I belive) for another 3 months to continue my search.
I have already taken some needed paperwork to the Migratsionsamt in Zurich, and thought everything was up to the code, but received a letter and a blank form named- VERPFLICHTUNG. The local Gemeinde official told me that since my husband is the one responsible for me during my job search in Switzerland, he needs to sign this form, but he has to do it in the presence of a notar or somebody from BETREIBUNGSAMT in order to validate his signature.
Since my husband is still in the U.S., he obviously could not be here within those 5 given days that Migratsiosamt gave me to return the Verpflichtung form.
I wrote them to let them know that my husband is going to fly to Switzerland in 3 weeks and will then be able to personally sign the paper, and we will bring the signed form as soon as he gets here.
What are your thoughts about this- do you think they might revoke my application for the extension of stay, because returning the Verpflihtung form takes longer than they requested? This form is part of financial prove and commits my husband to take care of all my expected and unexpected spendings while I'm looking for a job in Switzerland.

Anybody who has gone through the process of applying for the Job Seeker Permit F or who knows more about it, your insight would be greatly appriciated.

Thank you, guys!!

Little "worried" Estonian
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Re: Job seeker permit issue for EU-8

Why not DHL the form to him and he can sign it and notarise it in the US and he DHL's it back. I'm not sure immigration authorities will be very happy with a "oh, he's going to be here in three weeks' time" line.

As a sideline - you moved here before signing the contract?
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