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19 August 2016

Work Permit Options for EU Nationals on Assignment in Switzerland: Facts vs. Fiction

Are you an EU national planning to work on assignment in Switzerland? Would you like to learn more about how to avoid some common immigration pitfalls? 

The existence of the bilateral agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP) signed by Switzerland and the EU has facilitated an ease of access for living and working in Switzerland for economically active EU-27 and EFTA nationals. Due to this ease of access, a common misperception is that EU nationals do not under any circumstances require Swiss work authorization. This is not the case. Learn more here about how to avoid this pitfall and what steps need to be taken in order for an EU-27 or EFTA national to start working on assignment in Switzerland.

Whilst the bilateral agreement on the free movement of persons (AFMP) signed by Switzerland and the EU does create unlimited freedom for citizens of EU-27 and EFTA countries to work in Switzerland under an employment agreement with a Swiss employer, this is not the case for employees from such countries wishing to complete assigned work in Switzerland while remaining employed in their home-country. In order to help you understand the options generally available for EU-27 and EFTA nationals who need to work in Switzerland on assignment, we have created a short guide regarding the below points:

  1. Assignments of up to 8 days per calendar year
  2. Assignments of up to 90 days per calendar year
  3. Assignments not exceeding 4 consecutive months or 120 days within one year
  4. Assignments of over 4 months or exceeding 120 days within one year
  5. Minimum Salary Requirements


If you liked this article you may also be interested in reading about Work permits in Switzerland: Navigating through the alps, written by Daisy Vacher, Benjamin Dürig and Felix M.Mathis.

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Topics: Private Client  Corporate & M&A  Employment & Immigration 

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