• EU Nationals Need B-Permit Approval to Begin Work
  • June 20, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • In all but two Swiss cantons, EU nationals with employment contracts of more than one year are not authorized to work until they obtain a B-Permit, under a new Federal Migration Office policy. Previously, EU nationals could begin work immediately after completing in-country registration, even if their B-Permit was still pending. EU nationals will be authorized to work immediately after registration in the cantons of Basel and Zug, which are exercising the discretion to deviate from federal policy.

    The new policy follows the recent reintroduction of B-Permit quotas for EU nationals. The policy does not apply to EU nationals obtaining L-Permits, which are used for work stays of up to one year and are not subject to quotas.

    Taking the new policy into account, employers should add an additional three to four weeks to the overall work authorization process when projecting EU nationals’ assignment start dates.