I am a non-EU citizen by jus soli and a jus sanguinis citizen of Italy, though not recognised.

I currently live and study in France and I will obtain a diploma from an engineering school from here.

My long-term plan is to settle and work in Switzerland.

I have the option to recognise my Italian citizenship this summer, although it is a very costly one (both in terms of money and time). Since regardless of EU or not EU passport I will need a visa, I would like to know how easier holding an EU passport would make me be hired/settle in Switzerland.

I certainly know it is easier if you have an EU passport, and I can't expect an answer on "much easier" or something, so I would like to see the reasons why it would be easier, so I can evaluate the subjective part of the question on my own.

  • This sounds like you have two citizenships. If you have one EU citizenship then your other citizenship shouldn’t matter in the EU. If “not recognised” means you never applied for an Italian passport then maybe you should now. – gnasher729 Jan 25 at 12:15

It's a lot easier from a legal standpoint. EU freedom of movement applies in Switzerland and the main requirement to obtain a work permit is simply having a job offer. Employers are free to hire any EU citizen without having to justify this choice. By contrast, employers must prove that they could not find anyone locally before hiring a third-country national.

Note that technically, you don't actually need a visa as an EU citizen. You can enter Switzerland and apply for the permit there (or go back and forth without a visa).

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