Working in switzerland
EU and EFTA Europeans
Europeans, nationals of an EU or EFTA state, benefit from the free movement of persons with Switzerland. They can come and look for work for 6 months in Switzerland without a visa and can settle in Switzerland if they have sufficient resources and do not have recourse to social assistance.
It is more difficult for nationals who do not benefit from the free movement of persons to come and work in Switzerland. The employer who wants to hire them must demonstrate to the Employment Service (SDE) that they have not found anyone either in Switzerland (among Swiss or foreign residents) , nor in Europe (among nationals of EU or EFTA states) to take up the position. Nationals of a third country likely to come and work in Switzerland must therefore have rare and high-level professional qualifications.
In addition, the number of permits allocated to these non-EU and EFTA nationals is limited by a quota system. Each canton is allocated a limited number of available permits each year..