This summary is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered an authoritative guide on how to obtain work authorization in Switzerland. The intent is to give the reader a general overview of the process only. Procedures and requirements may have changed since the writing of this article. For current and detailed information regarding the topics below, as well as documentary requirements, processing times, post-arrival and departure requirements, penalties for non-compliance, allowances for accompanying family members, and any other information pertaining to your specific needs, please contact your Pro-Link GLOBAL immigration professional.
Permitted Activities – Business visitors must generally limit their activities to the following:
- Attending business meetings or discussions;
- Making sales calls to potential clients provided that the visitor represents a commercial entity outside of Switzerland;
- Attending seminars or “fact-finding” meetings;
- Attending fairs.
Type of Business Visas – The Schengen “C” visa is the typical visa issued to business travelers. Note that many nationalities benefit from a visa waiver arrangement with the Schengen area and are permitted to enter visa free for business visits of up to 90 days in a 180 day period inside the whole Schengen area.
1. Intention of a genuine visit for business and not for paid employment;
2. Proof of medical coverage of at least CHF 50,000;
3. Evidence that there are no restrictions on his or her traveling to Switzerland;
4. No intention to permanently reside in Switzerland;
5. A ticket for onward travel from Switzerland.
Estimated Processing Times – This varies by diplomatic post and country.
Maximum Time On Visa – This visa allows business people to make a short business visit to Switzerland for up to 90 days out of 180 days during the visa validity period. Visas cannot be extended in country.
Typical Documents Required – All travelers need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:
- a valid passport or other acceptable travel document and in some cases;
- a valid visa or authority to enter Switzerland.