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Old 20.01.2009, 19:57
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Benefit of Registering before you have work

Greetings all,

Hope you're having a good day!

I am Australian but also have a European passport due to my Greek heritage which obviously helps in Switzerland.

A simple question really to start off with - is there any benefit in registering with the Kreisburo before I have work? I moved to Zurich with my partner (I arrived in November but spent some time in the UK in December and have been at a language school here in Jan) but at the moment I haven't registered and I'm not on the lease until the neighbours dob me in which shouldn't be long I'm guessing.

Seriously though, it seems like so much of a hassle if you don't have work. Any assistance or thoughts here would be very much appreciated!

Also I read a couple of threads on bank accounts but does anyone know whether I need a permit to open a bank account. I'm sick of asking my partner to withdraw my pocket money.

Finally, any guidance on decent recruitment consultants in the Marketing arena would be appreciated. I have met with the CEO of the Swiss branch of the company I worked for in Australia but I'm not getting the most positive feedback on local consultants. The areas of brand/media marketing and consumer insight would be of most interest. I was a Marketing Director back home but open to new beginnings in Switzerland.

Hope that wasn't too longwinded!

Cheers
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Re: Benefit of Registering before you have work

Go register!

It'll only take a few minutes and it'll save you a lot of potential issues in the future. I think you're actually breaking the law by not registering within 10 days of moving to your kanton. You wont be able to work until you have a permit and it'll be a lot easier to get a job if you already have one.
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Old 20.01.2009, 21:11
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Re: Benefit of Registering before you have work

If you're not registered then you are potentially breaking immigration laws. And that can get you chucked out of the country and not allowed back in again for a few years.

OTOH, as a EU citizen, you're just staying with your partner while here as a tourist. So you're safe for three months. ( In fact, without a job, and if you and your partner aren't married, I'm not certain you are even allowed to register ).
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Re: Benefit of Registering before you have work

Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm definitely not breaking the law as I am allowed as an EU citizen to look for work for up to 3 months before registering. I'm just wondering what the process is if I'm not working and I register.

Thanks again
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Old 20.01.2009, 22:40
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Re: Benefit of Registering before you have work

You go to the Gemeinde, you tell 'em where you're living, you give 'em some money and it's done. In one Gemeinde that I know of, you get one free ticket to the swimming pool, two all day passes on the Basel tram network, and an invitation to a welcome Apero with local wines and foods.
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Hi,

Thanks for the feedback. I'm definitely not breaking the law as I am allowed as an EU citizen to look for work for up to 3 months before registering. I'm just wondering what the process is if I'm not working and I register.

Thanks again
Wrong, unfortunately. Unless you are a tourist, you are obliged to register within 8 days of arrival whatever your employment situation.
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Re: Benefit of Registering before you have work

Thanks for that. You are right, however I bit the bullet and rang the Kreisburo. They were really nice!?!? (and yes I sound surprised as that isn't a common experience to date). I explained that I was a tourist initially and now decided that I wanted to stay longer. They said that's fine - come on down and we'll sign you up. Luckily I have started a language school so that helps with my case. Thanks for all your input. Cheers!
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