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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.

Residence without Gainful Activity for EU/EFTA Citizens

Residence without Gainful Activity for EU/EFTA Citizens

According to the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) between Switzerland and the European Union (EU), citizens of EU/EFTA member states have the right to enter and stay in Switzerland without having to take up gainful activity. The following article serves to outline the requirements for residency without gainful activity in Switzerland and to point out inter-cantonal distinctions in requirements of financial means.

Cross-border assignments from a social security and tax perspective

Cross-border assignments from a social security and tax perspective

Cross-border assignment of employees to affiliate companies is a useful and common tool for international groups. However, to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is essential to structure such transfers correctly and to seek legal clarification at an early stage, not only from a Swiss immigration perspective, but also considering social security and taxes.

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