EU/EFTA citizens in Switzerland
Federal Council invokes safeguard clause for EU-171 and EU-82 states
The Federal Council decided to invoke the safeguard clause contained in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons. After 1 May 2013, the quota for B-permits (5-year residence permits) will be kept in place for nationals of the EU-8 states and as of 1 of June 2013, quotas will be applied to B-permits for workers from EU-17 states as well. Quotas will apply for one year.
Affected by the quotas are persons with an employment contract valid for one or more than one year or indefinitely wishing to take up employment in Switzerland and therefore applying for a type B residence permit for gainfully employed persons. The same applies to the self-employed persons.
1) The EU-17 comprises the western and southern European countries Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom
2) The EU-8 comprises Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The introduction of the free movement of persons takes place gradually. Nationals of the founding EU member states (EU-17, including Malta and Cyprus), those of the EU-8 member states that joined the EU in 2004, and those of EFTA states enjoy unrestricted free movement rights. Transitional measures and therefore specific regulations are still applicable for Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2). The following document provides ample information on the current regulations.
Go to the right hand side of this page for information on the various residence categories and points to consider if you are planning to move to Switzerland or click your country link:
The cantons are competent for issuing permits. For detailed information on the application procedure (where to apply, which form to fill out, how long it will take, etc.), please contact the competent cantonal authorities: