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George Chernikov 14.02.2009 20:59

Possible to Apply for Permit B as a Freelancer/Self-employed?
 
Hi there,

I am just wondering whether it is possible to apply for a work Permit B (as a non-EU national) on the grounds of intending to set-up a sole proprietor operation?

If yes, is there a minimum planned business size that I must be able to document prior to the Swiss officials favourably considering my request?

I've now been studying in Switzerland for 7 years on the grounds of a Permit B (student) and am desperately looking for a way to stay here. I have the necessary skills to operate a web design business, so the financial and technical side of things would be handled.

It's the legal stuff that's in question at the moment.

Any ideas?

Best,
George

babyfame 16.02.2009 08:26

Re: Possible to Apply for Permit B as a Freelancer/Self-employed?
 
As I see u are from Geneva I suggest contacting the Immigration Office in Geneva. (maybe online aswell) they might have different forms for u to fill in and maybe you can apply for a working permit this way!

Good luck!

17.02.2009 09:16

Re: Possible to Apply for Permit B as a Freelancer/Self-employed?
 
It is unlikely that you would be able to do this a sole trader but it is feasible if you set up a GmbH. You will have to proceed through a number of hoops, some of which may seem a bit silly.

1. Set up an S.a. (GmbH) - requirement is only 1 director but at least 1 director must be resident in Switzerland. There are a number of companies who can provide a 'director' for this purpose.

2. Offer yourself employment - your company must go through the particular permit application process as required for your nationality.

Chances of success? Unfortunately web designers are two a penny and there are plenty currently out of work so.... not great.


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