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Essential documents that foreign citizens need if they want to work and live in Switzerland

Find out what the most important documents are that foreigners need to obtain if they want to work and live in Switzerland and the main conditions that apply in order to obtain them.

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Employment in Switzerland

With a stable economy, Swiss unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world, standing at 3.7 percent in January 2017, with average unemployment typically lower in German-speaking Switzerland (3.1 percent) than in French and Italian-speaking Swiss cantons (5 percent).

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Blue EU card

The EU card it is basically a work and residence permit created by the European Union for the non-European citizens in order to allow them to work within European Union countries. 

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Cost of living in Switzerland

The cost of living in Switzerland is among the highest in the world, with the main cities Geneva and Zurich being named in a 2015 study among the most expensive cities in the world. 

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Status of foreign workers in Switzerland

A quarter of the staff employed in Switzerland is made up of foreigners. They are the holders of a work permit and a residence permit. For foreigners who want to invest and operate their own business in Switzerland or managers of foreign companies, especially those firms generating jobs, getting the residence permit and the work permit is not a problem.

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Employment in Switzerland

The employment Law is the most important element that governs employment in Switzerland for residents and for foreign nationals. Any foreign individual is allowed to work in Switzerland only after signing the Swiss individual contract of employment. 

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