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Social insurance obligation of foreign employees

Social insurance obligation of foreign employees

Overview

Switzerland has concluded numerous bilateral and multinational agreements with the aim of avoiding double social security obligations for foreigners. These include in particular the agreement for nationals of EU/EFTA...

Overview of the Covid-19 measures in Switzerland from an Immigration law perspective

Overview of the Covid-19 measures in Switzerland from an Immigration law perspective

In order to prevent or contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Switzerland has ordered several measures applying to the Swiss population and organizations. These measures aim at reducing the frequency of transmission and...

New credit-card sized work and residence permits

New credit-card sized work and residence permits

Overview

It is expected that by July 1, 2021, all cantons in Switzerland will have completed the changeover from paper-based work and residence permits to credit card format. The main reason for the change from paper format is...

Residence of third-country nationals in Switzerland without gainful employment

Residence of third-country nationals in Switzerland without gainful employment

Overview

If third-country nationals, i.e. persons outside the EU/EFTA area, wish to establish a residence in Switzerland without pursuing gainful employment, they must meet various requirements under the Federal Act on Foreign...

Work Permit Quota System in Switzerland

Work Permit Quota System in Switzerland

On February 9, 2014, the Swiss population voted to accept a popular initiative aimed at stopping mass immigration which was launched by the Swiss People's Party (SVP). The relevant article 121a in the Swiss Constitution aims at...

Work and Residence Permits in Switzerland

Work and Residence Permits in Switzerland

Switzerland has long been an international business hub with a continuous two-way traffic in money, people and knowhow. Recent changes in the banking world and the political sentiment around immigration have started to affect the...

Framework Agreement between Switzerland and the EU

Framework Agreement between Switzerland and the EU

Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) on an institutional framework agreement (German only) aimed at placing bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU on a more sustainable footing and paving the...

Immigration: Brexit postponed

Immigration: Brexit postponed

Agreement on Work Permits Requirements in Case of No-Deal Brexit

Swiss and British negotiators have been uniting their efforts to cushion the effects of a likely no-deal Brexit.

On 10 July 2019, Secretary of State for Exiting...

Discrimination against (Swiss) nationals in family reunifications

Discrimination against (Swiss) nationals in family reunifications

Under the current regulations on family reunification, Swiss citizens are subject to stricter rules than EU/EFTA-citizens based in Switzerland. The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland has already affirmed the legality of this...

No Limitation for Europeans

No Limitation for Europeans

In its session of 7 June 2019, the Federal Council passed its dispatch on the popular initiative "For moderate immigration" (the so-called Limitation Initiative). It spoke out against the Limitation Initiative and thus in favour of the free movement of persons.

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