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Non-EU citizen married to an EU-citizen. Can she work in Switzerland?

Hi... I am new to this forum so please bear with me.

Some basic facts/background

1) I am a UK citizen (EU-citizen) who will start to work in Zurich from Jan/Feb 2010.
2) My wife is a non-EU citizen who is currently studying in the UK.
3) We recently got married in the UK and my wife has obtained a UK Spouse Visa which allows her to work in the UK.
4) My wife would like to follow me to Zurich and thus, is thinking of applying to companies in Switzerland.

Even though she has been granted a UK Spouse Visa that allows her to work in the UK, I am assuming that this does not give her the right to work in Switzerland.

Questions

1) Am I right in assuming that she cannot work in Switzerland even though she has been granted a UK Spouse Visa (i.e., the above assumption)?
2) What type of visa does she need to apply for?
3) Does the company in Switzerland have to apply for a work permit on her behalf (supporting the application by providing facts on why it could not employ/hire a Swiss or a EU-national instead for that specific position)?
4) What is the likelihood of her being granted a work permit (generally)?
5) If all else fails and she wants to come and live with me in Zurich, what type of visa does she need to apply for? This is a second priority as she, ultimately, wants to work in Switzerland.

Thank you for taking the time to read this thread and I look forward to reading your suggestions/answers!!!
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Old 25.11.2009, 22:27
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Re: Non-EU citizen married to an EU-citizen. Can she work in Switzerland?

I think she can work according to the following treaty. I am dealing with the same situation in Belgium (I am non-EU and my husband is Swiss) so this is one of the supporting links that I came up with. Surely, someone else on here has actually gone through this process and will be able to guide you on a more practical level, but perhaps in the meantime this is helpfu.

http://ec.europa.eu/world/agreements...e&treatyId=112

Treaty: Agreement Between the European Community and its Member States, on the one part, and the Swiss Confederation, on the other, on the free movement of persons
Article 7E OTHER RIGHTS

7 The Contracting Parties shall make provision in accordance with Annex I for the following rights in relation to the free movement of persons.

e the right of family members to pursue an economic activity irrespective of their nationality

And also, here is the Swiss site dealing with situations like the one you described. http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/...lt_der_eu.html

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Re: Non-EU citizen married to an EU-citizen. Can she work in Switzerland?

My wife is non-EU and I am EU.
She was granted a 5 year B-permit including work permit.
We applied for a Familiennachzug Visa which was issued with no problems at all.
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Re: Non-EU citizen married to an EU-citizen. Can she work in Switzerland?

I'm resurrecting this post because I wanted to ask a related question. I'd appreciate it if someone out there could answer.

If a non-EU citizen (me) married to an EU-citizen with a C permit working for many years in CH (my spouse from Germany) wants to work in the EU do they have permission to do so? I was thinking of applying for a job in Italy and seeing if we could commute.

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Re: Non-EU citizen married to an EU-citizen. Can she work in Switzerland?

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I'm resurrecting this post because I wanted to ask a related question. I'd appreciate it if someone out there could answer.

If a non-EU citizen (me) married to an EU-citizen with a C permit working for many years in CH (my spouse from Germany) wants to work in the EU do they have permission to do so? I was thinking of applying for a job in Italy and seeing if we could commute.

Life is so complicated...
Marriage to an EU passport holder grants you most of the rights of an EU passport holder.

So you'd have no problems with work permits.

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