You’ll be on a Roll with a Swiss Job

It’s easy to see why Switzerland is an attractive proposition for anyone who is looking for a job abroad. The Swiss have a high standard of living, and as they are not a member of the European Union, they are free from many of the restrictions imposed by Brussells on member states. But before you rush into it and start the process of moving to Switzerland, there are some things you should be aware of.

Moving abroad to start a new life throws up many obstacles, whether you are moving to France or moving to Germany or any other country for that matter, and it would be in your best interests to find out as much as you can about the country before you attempt to move there. First of all you need to consider the language. Although English is widely spoken in Switzerland, the main languages are French, German and Italian, so if you are proficient in one or more of these tongues, your chances of securing a job will be increased.

If you are intent on moving to Switzerland, you have probably read the official line which suggests that it is difficult to find a job there. If so, you can relax a little because the reality tends to be a little different from the official Government line.

One of the major bonuses if you do manage to find a job is that Swiss law dictates that foreign workers must receive the same conditions and salary as their own citizens!

Is it Permitted?

We all know Switzerland from films and stories. A land of snow capped mountains, picturesque wooden chalets, alpine horns and cowbells. Some may have holidayed there in the winter and enjoyed the skiing or perhaps gone in the summer and travelled on the world famous narrow gauge railways. Although it is known as a European playground how many have ever considered moving to Switzerland?

The answer is probably not many. Although it grants citizens from the EU some special privileges, automatic residential rights are not one of them. In fact, unless you are an independently wealthy person, it is not easy for anyone considering moving to Switzerland.

To live in Switzerland it is necessary to hold a residency permit.

The basic is a B permit. This is an annual residency permit which has to be renewed every year and has restrictions as to what you can do such as owning property or working.

If you are an EU citizen, then you can obtain a CE permit which is similar to a B permit but allows you more freedom such as being able to buy property and be self employed.

After living in Switzerland for 5 – 10 years it is possible to apply for a C permit. This is a full residency permit.

If you are financially independent with an income in excess of £38,000 and wish to be there for more than 180 days a year, then obtaining the necessary permits should not be a problem.

Those moving to Switzerland are not only able to enjoy the picture postcard scenery but also beneficial tax laws and one of the highest standards of living in Europe.

We at European Removal Experts may not be able to assist you in obtaining a resident’s permit but we can ensure that your move will run like a Swiss watch.