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Old 23.10.2008, 18:02
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Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

I currently work and live in Nyon (Canton Vaud), but am thinking of moving somewhere a little more....lively.

I have been told that I cannot live in Geneva, because I work in Canton Vaud and have a B-Permit. Does anyone know if this is true?

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 23.10.2008, 18:17
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Not true as far as I know. My husband has B permit and we lived first in canton Zurich and now Bern - and in this time he worked in Zurich, Lucerne and Aargau. Never was an issue where he lives.
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Old 23.10.2008, 18:35
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

There is no issue working in one canton and living in another.... now, the only question is :-) for tax reasons, living in Geneva and working in Vaud does not really make any sense. Geneva is higher taxed depending on where you live + your health insurance in Geneva is way more expensive than in Vaud.

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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Hiya. I think you can live wherever you choose to, as long as you register yourself in the new canton when you move. My EU B permit says it's valid for all of Switzerland. The first time I came here I mentioned to a Swiss girl that I found Zurich too... dead. She laughed and assured me I was in the liveliest spot of the country... It has livened up since then though...
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

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There is no issue working in one canton and living in another.... now, the only question is :-) for tax reasons, living in Geneva and working in Vaud does not really make any sense. Geneva is higher taxed depending on where you live + your health insurance in Geneva is way more expensive than in Vaud.
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There is one more question...wanting to live somewhere 'more lively' as in the initial post.
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There is no issue working in one canton and living in another.... now, the only question is :-) for tax reasons, living in Geneva and working in Vaud does not really make any sense. Geneva is one of the highest tax cantons + your health insurance in Geneva is way more expensive than in Vaud.
A good question but I am not sure about the tax issue. I understand that if your income is "modest", Geneva can be more interesting that Vaud. I agree that if your income is higher then Vaud is better.

I can't comment on the health insurance. Best to go to the Comparis website and put in your details for a postal code in VD and one in GE and see what happens.

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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Thanks for all the information - wow this is a good way to find out info quickly.

I am considering moving to either Geneva or Lausanne, so wanted to check out what I have been told - Geneva is closer for work/ airport, but I know more people in Lausanne = livelier!
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

One other point I heard on another board is that if you change cantons while on a B permit you restart on the five years needed to move to a C permit.

I do not know if this is fact but it would be worth checking before any changes between cantons.
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Old 24.10.2008, 15:57
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

I doubt that very much. Whenever I read stuff about that it just says you need to be resident of Switzerland for five years. The "Kantönligeist" is big in this country, but not that big...
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Hello
I am French and I am about to apply for a B permit.
My boyfriend leaves in Bienne.I am going to work in Geneva and planning to live with my b/f in Bienne. Now question : am I able to register for a B permit in Bienne where I am going to live or do I have to register in Geneva where I will work ?
Thanks, Julia
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Old 28.04.2009, 22:22
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Thats true as your company is located there. However I have seen cases where if a canton where you currently live recommends to the canton where you dont work, then they can give you the registration. Also your company may be able to help you.
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Thats true as your company is located there. However I have seen cases where if a canton where you currently live recommends to the canton where you dont work, then they can give you the registration. Also your company may be able to help you.
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Hello
I am French and I am about to apply for a B permit.
My boyfriend leaves in Bienne.I am going to work in Geneva and planning to live with my b/f in Bienne. Now question : am I able to register for a B permit in Bienne where I am going to live or do I have to register in Geneva where I will work ?
Thanks, Julia
then your advice is incorrect.

A French citizen has the right to live in any Canton and registers where they live, not where they work. Furthermore, the company has nothing to do with it.
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Old 29.04.2009, 07:31
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

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One other point I heard on another board is that if you change cantons while on a B permit you restart on the five years needed to move to a C permit.

I do not know if this is fact but it would be worth checking before any changes between cantons.
No - that's not true. I moved between cantons and still got mine after 5 years.

Reg. the original post: This used to be true several years ago (when I first came to CH you could not move between cantons easily - really made me feel like a 2nd class citizen), but isn't anymore. Now you're free to live wherever you like....
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Hello everyone, just wanted to thank you all for your answers. It helped a lot !
Julia
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Re: Can I work in Canton Vaud and live in Geneva?

Hello

I was just looking up about living in Vaud, Nyon and working in Geneva. I am moving to Nyon next month. Am I correct in saying that I am taxed in the canton where I live. The reason I ask is that I mentioned to HR today that I was moving and asked about the tax situation. I was told that as the company is based in Geneva I would be taxed in Geneva. However after reading some posts it would seem that I should be taxed at the Vaud rates. Can anyone confirm this?

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