Work permits in Switzerland: Navigating through the alps


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Although Switzerland is located at the heart of Europe, it is not part of the European Union and it regulates its immigration in a very unique way. It is challenging for both companies and individuals to understand what needs to be done in order to ensure immigration compliance.

Do you need information about work permits in Switzerland? There are several laws that intersect in complex ways, namely the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons and the Foreign Nationals Act (FNA). To help you navigate through these various regulations we have put together a short guide that answers the following common questions:

  1. Who needs work authorization in order to carry out work activities in Switzerland?
  2. I am an EU-27/EFTA National and I would like to work and reside in Switzerland on a local Swiss employment contract. What immigration steps do I need to take and at what point can I start working in Switzerland?
  3. I am a Non EU National and I want to move to Switzerland for work on a one-year assignment. What steps do I need to take and at what point can I start working in Switzerland?
  4. I am a Non EU National and I would like to work and reside in Switzerland on a local Swiss employment contract. What steps do I need to take and at what point can I start working in Switzerland?
  5. I am a Non EU National who will be moving to Switzerland for work. How can I ensure a smooth process for my dependent spouse and children?

Please click here to download the Q&A as a pdf-file.


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