Residence Permit in Switzerland
Anyone that wants to work in any Swiss canton or wants to stay in the country for more than three months requires a residence permit.
The residence permit is issued by the Cantonal Migration Office and the Cantonal Labour Offices are responsible for issuing work authorisations. Because Switzerland is a federal republic, federal law governs all of the 26 cantons (regions). However, each canton can have special provisions regarding immigration.
Types of residence permits for EU nationals
Residence permits in Switzerland can be short-term, annual or permanent. The following types of permits are available in Switzerland for EU nationals and EFTA (European Free Trade Agreement) member states:
Types of residence permits for nationals of other countries
In addition to the Ci permit and the G permit, nationals belonging to countries other than the EU/EFTA can also gain the following permits:
The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons signed between the EU and Switzerland applies to any national of an EU-25 or EFTA state. Certain restrictions apply to EU-2 nationals.
The EU-25/EFTA states are: 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, Portugal.