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Old 21.05.2010, 22:00
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how easy is it to get a work permit compared to germany?

Hi. I looked through the existing posts but could not find an answer to the question I have. I am a non-EU, and currently live and work in Germany, and am very close to getting a permanent residency in Germany. I am now thinking to apply for a job in Switzerland and need help with information.

Officially in Germany, I believe you cannot employ a non-EU national unless you cannot find an EU national to fill that position. But in reality, I have been witnessing so many non-skilled non-EU nationals getting a work permit by accepting a slave labor wage in ethnic restaurants (of their origin, usually) and the restaurants claiming that their skills are irreplaceable by EU nationals, for example. I have no interest to accept a slave labor condition, but, as the job I am interested in can be theoretically filled with an EU national, I wanted to know if it is also like it there in Germany, or not.

Another reason why I am asking this is because I know the company I would like to work for had a lot of non-EU nationals working for them black for a long time but changed its administration 2 years ago and stopped doing that, and now have only the EU nationals working there. They told the non-EUs that it was simply too expensive for the company to hire them officially. And again, the top of the administration changed recently, and I see a possibility that they may have different attitude toward hiring a non-EU national now. My qualifications CAN look quite special in case if they wanted to hire me (have succeeded in getting a work permit years ago in France and now in Germany, but in a completely different field), but because the company had been known to be quite hesitant to go through the whole process, I just wanted to see what the deal is for the company before investing too much time and effort in trying to convince them (a friend is working there).

Does it cost extra to hire a non-EU national if this person can provide a special skill that no EU national can provide? Is the process of applying for a work permit for a non-EU that hard for a company? It is a small company with about 10 employees.

Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old 22.05.2010, 16:51
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Re: how easy is it to get a work permit compared to germany?

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Officially in Germany, I believe you cannot employ a non-EU national unless you cannot find an EU national to fill that position. But in reality, I have been witnessing so many non-skilled non-EU nationals getting a work permit by accepting a slave labor wage in ethnic restaurants (of their origin, usually) and the restaurants claiming that their skills are irreplaceable by EU nationals, for example. I have no interest to accept a slave labor condition, but, as the job I am interested in can be theoretically filled with an EU national, I wanted to know if it is also like it there in Germany, or not.
Difficult one to answer - generally no but there may be specific exceptions (but without the slave labour part).

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Does it cost extra to hire a non-EU national if this person can provide a special skill that no EU national can provide? Is the process of applying for a work permit for a non-EU that hard for a company? It is a small company with about 10 employees.
For a small company it is an expensive and onerous task.
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