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Swiss residence and work permit

Updated: Nov 4

HumanX works mostly with foreigners. We help people apply for the right work permit in accordance with their individual needs.

Are you planning to find a job and move to Switzerland? Here’s what you need to know before entering the Swiss territory.



Depending on where you come from, Switzerland applies a dual system for foreign citizens who want to work in the country:

  • For EU citizens: easy access to the Swiss labour market thanks to the agreement on the free movement of persons;

  • For citizens of other Countries: limited access to specialists and skilled staff.

For non EU citizens more restrictive conditions are applied before they could enter to Switzerland: a work visa and contract are a must. This procedure has to be done and obtained in their country of origin.


The residence and work permit are divided into 5 categories:

  • 90 days work notice: EU citizens including Cyprus and Malta are permitted to work in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days without applying for a work permit. The employer must report to the competent migration office pertaining to the person employed before the start of the work assignment.

  • G cross-border commuters: this permit is issued to those who intend to work in Switzerland but won’t live in Switzerland.

  • L short term residence permit: this permit is issued to the temporary residents and it’s issued for a limited period of time, proving that they have a fixed term contract that ranges from 3 to 12 months. If the employment continues, the validity of the permit can be extended for another year.



For those who want to move to Switzerland for a long period of time, there is the possibility to request different type of permit not necessarily connected to a work contract.

  • B residence permit: this type of permit is issued to those who have an employment with an indefinite duration (or at least one year duration) and is valid for five years. In case the person requesting this permit doesn’t have a contract job, in order to obtain it he must prove that he has sufficient financial means to support himself and cover all the risks against illness and injury.

  • C residence permit: this type of permit is the so-called residence permit. It is granted to foreign persons who have lived in Switzerland for five or ten years. With this document the residence is unlimited.

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