The Swiss government recently expanded its online immigration services, allowing some third-country nationals to submit work permit applications online.

Key Points:

  • As of Dec. 15, Swiss authorities expanded services available on Individuals can now submit:
    • Notifications of gainful employment of temporarily admitted foreign nationals (F permit) or recognized refugees (B permit) in all 26 cantons.
    • Cross-border commuter permits for EU/EFTA nationals (G permit) in the pilot cantons of Thurgau and Zurich. The cantons of St. Gallen and Aargau will be added in spring 2023.
    • Work permits for employment with Swiss employers for third-country nationals in the canton of Thurgau, including short-stay permits for up to four months, L permits and B permits.

Additional Information: Swiss employers can now submit value-added tax returns by following the “VAT-declaration easy” process through their EasyGov portal.

BAL Analysis: Swiss authorities plan to expand their online services through EasyGov in the coming months and years with the long-term goal of simplifying and streamlining the work permit application process in all 26 cantons.

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