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Dr. M. worked for 15 years as a computer consultant, managing large IT projects for top Australian companies. Australia is a fine place but Dr. M. and his wife felt there was more to this world than the antipodes and decided to move to Europe. Having carefully studied the European continent, the couple found out that the best country to move to be was Switzerland.
Our client's exceptional qualifications enabled him to find quickly several Swiss employers ready to sponsor his work permit application and in no time he found himself working on a critical IT project for a very large Swiss bank in Zurich.
Dr. M. sounds like a man that did not need Micheloud & Cie’s services, and indeed he did not – if he wanted to remain an employee (see box).
When he came to see us with his wife in the beginning of 2001, Dr. M.’s plan was simple : establish his own business somewhere in Switzerland and deal directly with his clients. We worked out a battle plan with him and promptly drew up a list of five cantons that offered centrality relative to Dr. M’s client pools high quality of life and a ready supply of qualified workforce.
M. Micheloud shopped for the best canton for our client, pitching the project to several cantonal authorities. The result was beyond expectations, with all cantons we contacted being ready to accept our client and grant him a new B permit (we needed a fresh unit from the cantonal quota).
Dr. M. finally chose the canton of Basel City, with its central location, multilingual population and excellent University where young graduates could be recruited. Basel’s amazing location, halfway between Berne and Zurich and sharing borders with France and Germany was a big advantage. The city's large chemical industry would also offer a steady supply of clients.
Micheloud & Cie filed the application with the Basel authorities and soon we began to receive one by one the approval from the various layers of administration. Relations with the body-shopping company were salvaged by one of Dr. M.'s client who used its clout to be able to retain Dr. M. even if he left the body-shopping company.
Only a few months after having met with Micheloud & Cie, Dr. M.’s Swiss experience was put on a much better course as he was now head of his own IT company with a long waiting list of clients eager to buy his skills.
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