15 July 2016

Amendments to the Legislation on Foreign Nationals

In light of the Mass Immigration Initiative

Among politicians, from left to right, desperation and fatigue are spreading: the implementation of the mass immigration initiative in the Swiss Foreign Nationals Act (FNA) is simply just not going well. The other innovations, which are dealt with in the revision of the legislation on foreign nationals, such as the rules on unemployment of foreigners and social security law as well as the proposed law giving recognized refugees the right to work in Switzerland, are forgotten.

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05 July 2016

EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen is against priority for Swiss nationals and quotas

Since the 'Yes' to the mass immigration initiative, the Federal Council has been renegotiating the free movement of persons agreement with the EU. Contrary to the fears of the EU, there appear to be no signs of a tendency to give priority to Swiss nationals or the setting of limited quotas for EU and EFTA citizens. Accordingly, there will be no fundamental changes in the migration practice for dealing with European citizens.

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23 May 2016

A Lessening of the Tax Law Challenges for Cross-border Work

Working in Switzerland is undoubtedly attractive and popular, and cross-border work is essential in our globalized world. However, receiving salary from different sources can present challenges: Where do I have to pay taxes on the money I earned abroad? Where do I pay the social security contributions? Double taxation agreements (DTA) help internationally active people have their income taxed in only one place. Social security law agreements try to protect the employee and co-ordinate the various social security systems. In EU / EFTA countries, therefore, all liabilities are payable at the place where the salaried employment took place.

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