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Life in Switzerland: A paradise for the tired traveler

28 September 2012 218 views No Comment

If you think, that you want to earn an honest living in an economy, which is stable and rich, then Switzerland is the country you should be living in. Switzerland has the highest gross domestic product per capita. There are many factors to consider while working in Switzerland such as:

1: Taxation

2: Work permit

3: Social security

The Index of Economic Freedom states that people who reside and work in Switzerland are lucky to be working in one of the most competitive and capitalist economy of the world. Also, adding cherry to the top of the cake, the country has sound and humanitarian working conditions and a welfare system favoring the public.

Switzerland is one of the wealthiest states of the world when, measured by per capita income.

The rate of unemployment in Switzerland is 3.1 percent in 2011 and Switzerland is doing so well in comparison to its European counterparts.

But, it does have very protectionist policies in conjunction to non EFTA nationals residing there.

Working in Switzerland: The European Union/EFTA work permit

Any non-Swiss national working in Switzerland must be having a valid work permit. The work permits are given with residential permits. The employer will apply for them rather than the person wanting to work in Switzerland.

The European Union and EFTA nationals have a significantly special status over there in Switzerland with respect to working in Switzerland. In 2002, the agreement on the free movement of people was reached there are practically no restrictions now for the nationals belonging to European Union and EFTA.

No official permit is needed for the European Union and EFTA nationals as long as they are not Romanians and Bulgarians. But, the employers are needed to register their employees for their short term services.

That can be done easily by a form which is given by Federal Office for Migration. For the citizens of European Union, whose working period exceeds three months, they need permits for job and residence. Also, the citizens of the European Union and EFTA face no problems in obtaining the said permits.

For the non-European citizens: Work permits

People who are not the citizens of the European Union and EFTA have much more complications and requirements to fulfill for living and working in Switzerland.

In fact, it has been made nearly impossible.

The application process for those individuals who are planning to live in Switzerland would be sick and tired of the complicated and tedious procedure to go through.

So, such a person would need a work permit with the company and satisfy numerous conditions.

Some exceptions have been made for third world nations, who have a Swiss university degree and for those people, who are working on an intra-company transfer basis.

Below written is a list of basic instructions which would be needed for those willing to leave for Switzerland.

1: There is a quota for set number of people from third world countries.

2: The employer has to show that the person was competent enough to work in the company and not some other EU/EFTA individual.

3: Age and language skills are noted and all paperwork must be submitted.

4: Mainly, specialists and executives are found from third world states.

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