Business Travel and Immigration Post-Brexit
Ensure your business and workforce are compliant with the new immigration regulations effective 1 January.
Switzerland Immigration Services
With offices strategically located in Geneva, Newland Chase Switzerland provides corporations and individuals operating in Switzerland with complete support for all their immigration and visa needs – inbound to Switzerland and outbound to more than 190 countries around the world. Our full spectrum of services allows us to manage all of your business visa and employee immigration needs.
Swiss immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes. With our consultative approach, large case management experience, key relationships with the authorities, and strong communication protocols – we guide clients through the entire process, supporting companies and individuals each step of the way through all Swiss immigration procedures.
Our team has an excellent reputation in the Swiss market and has built over the years key relationships with various cantonal/federal authorities and Swiss representations abroad. Our team is multidisciplinary and combines a strong knowledge of Swiss immigration laws and local rules with specific language skills.
Our detailed quality assurance measures, including specific communication protocols and verification procedures, allow us to offer highly developed expertise and customized immigration solutions in all Swiss immigration matters and all jurisdictions.
Switzerland Immigration Management
We provide support in all areas of Swiss immigration for corporations and individuals – from short-term work authorization and temporary residency to long-term work authorization, permanent residency, and citizenship, including both company employees and accompanying family members. Our approach covers you from comprehensive guidance and pre-planning of new assignments and immigration options to completion of all in-country requirements to ongoing compliance monitoring.
For up-to-date information on the most common work authorization routes in Switzerland, see the Immigration Summary tab.
Comprehensive Global Immigration Management
For corporations and individuals located in Switzerland, we also provide support in all areas of immigration to more than 190 countries around the world. Our Switzerland team is part of the larger Newland Chase global team of 1,700+ expert immigration and visa professionals – specializing in everything from short-term work assignments and temporary residency to long-term work assignments, permanent residency, and citizenship throughout the world.
Business Traveler Management
Business Visas are a key component of a globally mobile workforce – allowing individuals to enter Switzerland and other countries for non-work business activities. Business visas typically apply to business meetings, seminars, conferences, trade shows, limited sales activities, contract negotiations, and some supervisory activities. Newland Chase Switzerland offers comprehensive services for business travelers both inbound to Switzerland and outbound to more than 190 countries.
Our services include everything from personalized assessment of the activities and destination for visa compliance to obtaining the proper visas to tracking of the number and length of stays of your business travelers for legal compliance.
Immigration Policy and Compliance
Our Swiss immigration experts offer an extensive suite of advisory services and immigration compliance strategies to ensure that your organization and employees remain compliant with all Switzerland immigration and visa requirements. Our services include strategic guidance on immigration plans, development and implementation of immigration policies, sponsor compliance, education and training, audit support (including mock audits), and immigration compliance technology solutions.
Consulting and Advisory Services
Our Swiss immigration experts act as trusted business advisors – supporting you in virtually any unique or complex immigration-related matter. Our Switzerland team is able to manage the scope of immigration in large-scale projects and employee moves, as well as guide you through the immigration complexities involved in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.
Switzerland has a quota system for certain types of permits. Quotas are per calendar year and distributed to the cantons according to economic necessity. The Federal Migration Office keeps further quotas on reserve.
The Long-Term (B) Permit, which is subject to the quota system, is usually approved for an indefinite period for local contracts, and for up to four years (exceptionally five years) for assignments. However, the permit card is issued in 12-month or 24-month increments. Note that if the B permit quota has been exhausted, the applicant may be issued with an L permit.
The Short-Term (L) Permit is issued for local contracts or assignments for up to one year (although this may be renewed up to a maximum stay of 24 months), and is subject to the quota system.
For stays of up to 4 months, the Visa Type D functions as a visa, work permit and residence permit, and is exempt from the quota system. The four-month permit cannot be extended beyond four months in a 12-month period without applying for a quota.
Assignees (or occasionally local hires) who will be working in Switzerland for 120 days or less in a 12-month period (or, in some cantons, a calendar year) can apply for a 120-Day Work Permit, which is exempt from quotas. Note that this work must be done in blocks of not more than 90 days per six-month period.
For local contracts, a labour market test is required, unless the applicant is a senior manager transferring within the same group of companies to a management position in Switzerland.
For assignments, no labour market test is required. The applicant must generally have been employed by the sending company for a minimum of 12 months, and may also need to prove appropriate work experience.
Applicants who are employed outside Switzerland and who will be working in Switzerland for up to eight days over the course of one calendar year may not need to obtain a work permit, but might need to obtain an entry visa depending on their nationality. Note that the length of work permit exemption will depend on the location of the sending entity. The 8-Day Work Permit Exemption does not apply to the certain industries.
A 90-Day Notification without a work permit may be applicable to EU/EEA-national applicants (apart from Croatian nationals) who will be working in Switzerland as local hires and any foreign nationals employed by a company based in the EU, EFTA or UK working in Switzerland on assignment, for more than eight days but less than 90 working days over the course of one calendar year. No quota is applied.
Employees who are locally hired in Switzerland and who are nationals and residents of an EU/EFTA country and who will be commuting to Switzerland from their home country or residence may apply for a Cross-Border Commuter Permit (G). This is issued by the canton without the need for an application to the Federal Migration Authorities and with no quota system. The G Permit holder must return to their country of residence at least once a week.
Our Switzerland team members are highly qualified and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in all aspects of Swiss immigration. They come from the best of legal, consulting, in-house corporate and government backgrounds and bring a breadth of experience and insight both in immigration and a multitude of industry sectors. Two members of our leadership team are former officers of the Cantonal Migration Authorities in Geneva with experience across the operational, policy, and organizational areas of these authorities.
In addition, many of our team members are migrants themselves and truly empathize with the immigration experience. In addition to English, a number of our team members can communicate with clients in their native languages – such as Russian, German, French, and Spanish.
With a dedication to service and a consultative approach, our people act as your trusted advisors and partners in achieving your business goals in Switzerland.