Federal Office for Migration

FAQ – Frequently asked questions

EU-25/EFTA nationals hold citizenship of one of the following states:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Poland or Portugal.

EU-17 nationals hold citizenship of one of the following states:
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden or Portugal.

EU-8 nationals hold citizenship of one of the following states:
Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Slovakia or Poland

EU-2 nationals hold citizenship of one of the following states:
Bulgaria or Romania.

EFTA nationals hold citizenship of one of the following states: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway (or Switzerland).

 

 
1. Invoking safeguard clause

The safeguard clause contractually stipulated in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and the EU is being invoked. What does invoking the safeguard clause mean? Who is affected? What are the impacts on employers in Switzerland? Our FAQs provide answers to the most important questions.

 
2. Who benefits from the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons?

  
3. Taking up residence and gainful employment

  
4. Residence permits

  
5. Cross-border commuters

  
6. Job seeking

  
7. Changing jobs or place of residence

  
8. Job loss

  
9. Residing in Switzerland without gainful activity

  
10. Family reunification

  
11. Service providers

What are the rules on general services that are provided for more than 90 days in a calendar year?

 
The providing of services for a period exceeding 90 working days in a calendar year is not subject to the free-movement agreement. Petitions for work permits authorizing service provision for more than 90 working days are dealt with under national law; therefore, whether a residence permit is issued if the provision of services were to exceed a 90-days period is at the cantonal labor market authorities' discretion.
Cantonal authorities Cantonal authorities
 

  
12. Visa

  
13. Miscellaneous