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Immigration support for hiring expats in Switzerland via a PEO

If your business objectives are related to hiring expatriate personnel in Switzerland, there are some things you need to consider. Among them are:

  1. the peculiarities of immigration procedure in the country
  2. documents required to get a work permit
  3. in-country employment and payroll for foreign citizens after visa has been issued.

Given the fact that expats are often sent abroad for short-term projects, many companies often opt for no entity hiring. This means companies look for simpler, more cost-effective options versus onboarding and paying expats through their own local subsidiaries

For companies hiring and paying expats overseas and particularly in Switzerland, a global PEO with work permit support as part of the service might be a viable alternative to incorporation in the country. A PEO service company will walk you and your expats through every step of immigration procedure in Switzerland. After the work permit or visa have been received, a PEO provider would officially onboard and payroll your expats in a foreign country on your behalf.

Acumen International has been hiring and payrolling our clients’ expatriates in Switzerland both short- and long-term. If you need to legally hire and pay the expatriates in Switzerland, we can help you. Regardless of business objectives and timelines, Acumen International can arrange end-to-end work permit support for hiring your expats in full legal compliance with local labor legislation after the permit documents have been issued.

Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution is designed for:

  1. employer companies like yourself that want to relocate the selected expats to Switzerland
  2. individuals that have an employer that is ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country
  3. the service is mainly used by companies hiring highly skilled personnel that they send abroad to fill some top positions in Switzerland.

Note: Having a single provider that would sponsor a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs expats in Switzerland, minimizes risks of visa rejection. In addition, it takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, Acumen International can provide extra benefits in addition to work permit received for further employment of expats in Switzerland. This includes medical insurance, housing, office rent, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, etc.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Switzerland takes from 2 to 4 months until entry to Switzerland, and a further 2 to 5 months before the entire process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Switzerland

  1. Local Labor Market Search
  2. L Permit Application
  3. Long Term Visa (Type D) Application
  4. Entry to Switzerland
  5. Registration
  6. Multiple Entry Visa (optional)

Documents for work permit in Switzerland, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
Resume/CV – Tabular Format Resume/CV detailing relevant experience for the position in tabular format. Must be up to date, mentioning the current position. One clear copy
Copy of Passport Information Page One clear copy
Police Clearance Certificate From country of residence, issued within the 6 months immediately prior to the registration application) will be required for the registration for the applicant and dependents aged over 18. One clear copy
University Degree Copy of the highest educational certificate, may require translation depending on language of issuance and the canton. One clear copy
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pages One original
2 Passport Photographs 3.5cmx4.0cm In color, with a neutral background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Not older than 6 months. Two originals
Type D Visa Application Form One original
Lease Contract for Residence in Switzerland Translations Signed. Name of applicant (and spouse, if applicable) must be written in the lease; otherwise, a confirmation letter from the landlord will also be required. One clear copy
Passport Photographs 3.5cm x 4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, with a white background. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. Two originals
Swiss Health Insurance Policy One clear copy

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Switzerland without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us at +1 (813) 336-1605, +44 (203) 468-8777 for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Switzerland.

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