Authorizations for Foreign Employees in Switzerland

So far, Switzerland has a dual system for the admission of foreign workers. Nationals from EC or EFTA countries benefit from the Agreement on Free Movement of Persons and, in general, do not need a work permit if residence is taken in Switzerland, subject to certain restrictions and exceptions for nationals from the new EC countries.

In regard to non-EC and non-EFTA nationals, only a limited number of management-level employees, specialists and other qualified employees are admitted from all other countries (subject to a quota as determined by the Federal Council).

If non-EC or non-EFTA nationals (without residence in Switzerland) work in Switzerland temporarily for more than eight days for a non-Swiss company, such employees must be reported to the authorities in advance, even if no work or residence permit is required.

For more information on these articles or any other issues involving labour and employment matters in Switzerland, please contact Humbert Heinzen Lerch
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