Labour / Work permits

Information for foreign workers hired for employment in Switzerland

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to authorisations. The employer takes in principle the necessary steps with the competent cantonal authorities in Switzerland to obtain the required authorisations.

The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.

In case of employment at an official international organization, the future employer in Switzerland will request the issuing of a FDFA legitimation card through the Swiss permanent mission in Geneva. The FDFA legitimation card replaces the Swiss residence permit. 

Procedure after applicant has received the approval of the cantonal migration authority

The following documents are in general required when applying for an entry visa for work in Switzerland:

  • authorization issued by the cantonal authority (original or copy)
  • valid passport (original)
  • copy of the data page passport
  • two recent photographs
  • visa fee
  • Pre-paid, self-addressed return envelope with tracking number

Where to apply for an entry visa for work in Switzerland?

List of authorities competent for your visa application according to your place of residence

Which documents should I submit with a visa application?

Requested documentation to submit with your application for an entry visa for work in Switzerland

Entry visa fees for work in Switzerland

Information regarding the entry visa fees for work in Switzerland

Schengen and your personal data

Information regarding the SIS, registration of your personal data and the authorities or persons who have access to it