Switzerland Resident Permit B
Priority is given to - Swiss citizens, foreign nationals
with a long-term residence permit or a residence permit allowing employment,
as well as all citizens from those countries with which Switzerland has
concluded the Free Movement of Persons Agreement (at present, the EU and
EFTA states) are given priority.
Third state nationals may only be admitted if a person
cannot be recruited from the labour market of Switzerland or another EU/EFTA
member state. Once the work permit is issued the applicant has to file
for Resident Permit.
Employers must prove that they have not been able to
recruit a suitable employee from this priority category, despite intensive
Vacant positions must be registered with the Regional
Employment Offices (RAV) together with a request to register the vacancy
in the European Employment System (EURES = the European Union's Employment
Services cooperation network). Once a potential employee has been put
in contact with the employer and subsequently turned down, the employers
generally receive a questionnaire in which they can state the reasons
the potential employee was not hired.
The employer must explain to the authorities why the
search for a suitable candidate was not successful through the recruitment
channels used in the specific industry, such as specialist journals, employment
agencies, online job listings or corporate websites, etc. Suitable proof
includes job advertisements in newspapers, written confirmation from employment
agencies, or other kinds of documentation. Often it is helpful for authorities
if the employer submits a brief overview of all candidates with a short
explanation of which qualifications for a particular job were lacking.
In special cases, the authorities can request an employer to intensify
his recruitment efforts.
When submitting an application, the employer must enclose
a contract of employment that has been signed both by the employer and
the employee and that contains a note reading "contract only valid on
condition that the authorities grant a work permit". This provides both
contracting parties with legal certainty. It is helpful for the Swiss
authorities if the employing business enterprise uses a contract of employment
that is customary to the particular sector of industry.
- Depending on the profession or
field of specialisation, other people with special training and several
years of professional work experience may also be admitted.
- Degree from a university or institution
of higher education as well as several years of professional experience.
- The Swiss authorities examine
the person's qualifications on the basis of their resume, their education
certificates and references. Applicants must submit copies of the original
documents including a translation if the original documents are not
in German, French, Italian, English, or Spanish.
- Professional and social adaptability,
knowledge of a language.
- Foreign nationals may only be
admitted for employment if they have suitable accommodation.
Employer has to file for work permit in Switzerland itself,
for the employee. Employee once granted work permit has to file for work
visa from home country.
Anyone who works during his/her stay in Switzerland or
who remains in Switzerland for longer than three months requires a permit.
Residence permits are issued by the Cantonal Migration Offices. A distinction
is made between short-term residence permits (less than 1 year), annual
residence permits (limited) and permanent residence permits (unlimited).
Stay or Residence Permit
Stay or residence permits are issued to persons resident
in Switzerland for a long period for a certain purpose with or without
any employment. These permits are generally issued for a period of 1 year
and renewed on annual basis unless there is reason against its renewal.
Residence permit for third country nationals
The period of validity of residence permit is limited
to one year when the permit is granted for the first time. First-time
permit for paid employment may only be issued within the limits of the
ceilings and in compliance with Arts. A legal entitlement to the renewal
of an annual permit only exists in certain cases. In practice, an annual
permit is normally renewed.