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Switzerland

Whether your company is sending employees to Switzerland or expanding outside of Switzerland to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Switzerland immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

Switzerland's immigration system encompasses mechanisms for temporary stays for business visitors, students, highly skilled workers and intracompany transfers, among others.  It also provides means for permanent residence, usually after a qualifying period of temporary stay.  Switzerland is a federal state divided into 26 cantons.  Each canton is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the federal immigration law.
 
Business visitors to Switzerland typically require an Entry (Business) Visa, unless they are visa exempt based on their nationality. Business trips should typically be limited to no more than 14 consecutive days. Depending on the purpose of stay, supporting documents and circumstances of the case, customs officials can grant shorter stays. Additionally, the Schengen area limits stays to 90 days in a 180-day period, counted across the entire Schengen area.
 
Switzerland offers several main work permit categories, suitable for a range of transfer types. The eligibility criteria, process and document requirements depend on the planned duration of stay, nationality of the applicant and the nature of the transfer (home or host contract). Labor market testing and quotas (split between the federal and cantonal level) typically apply to all transfers, although some transfers benefit from limited labor market testing.
 
Note that Switzerland strictly enforces minimum salary requirements, as well as a requirement that intracompany transfers have 12 months of prior employment with the corporate group.
 
Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.
Fragomen Global Immigration Services, LLC (Zurich Branch) is a limited liability company providing immigration consultancy services in Switzerland.
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