<iframe src="//www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-5T7PGR" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden">


Work permits in Switzerland: Navigating through the alps

Posted by on 30 June 2016

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?

Froriep-work-permits-Mathis-Vacher-Duerig.jpgThere 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?

Download Q&A


If you liked this article you may also be interested in reading about Q&A: All you ever wanted to know about the Swiss forfait - and now finally dare to ask

Photo: shutterstock/Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley

Topics: Private Clients | Corporate & Commercial | Employment

Name 19

Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin is an experienced transaction lawyer with a focus on M&A and corporate finance transactions, and corporate law. Benjamin advises clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions and is an experienced team leader in complex transactions. He advises listed and non-listed entities, including regulated financial institutions. He has in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in and outside of transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues (polluted sites), and complex commercial lease agreements. Benjamin is a regular speaker to various audiences on topics relating to his practice, including international lawyers' conferences, commercial chambers and industry organisations. He joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court and a French-speaking law firm for a number of years. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003) and he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

Connect with me:
Name 39

Felix M. Mathis

Felix Mathis is a Zurich-based partner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law as well as commercial litigation. Felix Mathis has been a partner at our Zurich office since 1995. He advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, internet, construction and start-ups. He obtained his law degrees from the University of Zurich in 1980 and New York University (MCJ) in 1988. His working languages are German and English. Felix Mathis is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

Connect with me:
Name 13

Daisy Vacher

Daisy Vacher's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy Vacher spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and has a good command of German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Connect with me: