Tips for making a living, but also for integrating and making yourself useful in the community.

Getting a job means you will have a salary and be financially independent, but also allows you to start social links and to be useful in the society.

Finding a job helps you to be legally established in the commune and to obtain a residence permit L or B depending on your contract. It also provides access to social insurance.

Procedures vary greatly from one country to another. It is important to understand the working rights and duties of your canton.


Finding a job in Switzerland often requires a lot of effort. There are many ways to do this. It may be necessary to recognise your diplomas and work experience gained in your country of origin or a foreign country when applying for jobs.


Tax obligations, conditions of work engagement and collective labour agreements may seem complex at first, but in reality, they are easy to understand and important to know. Here you will find all the information you need.


Losing your job may be something you face. Many associations can help you in your situation, especially to help you reintegrate into the working world. If you plan to become self-employed, they can also provide you advice and support.

You have specific questions?

Your privileged representatives

The Fraternity of the Centre Social Protestant (CSP) and the Habitants Registration office of your municipality are at your disposal to help you with administrative procedures.

“Welcome” brochure

To facilitate the settling of the newcomers in the canton, the brochure “Welcome to the canton of Vaud” (available in 13 languages) contains the practical information you need.

Find out more

The site of the administration

It contains the useful information on integration and prevention of racism matters in the canton of Vaud. The site is dedicated to migrants, Swiss citizens as well as to professionals in these fields.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Published four times a year, the newsletter “IntégrAction” presents various news of the BCI and its regional offices (projects, activities, publications, etc.)

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