01 October 2018

No 120-day permits for EU/EFTA nationals?

The so-called "120-day permits" (permits limited to 120 days within 12 months) are popular among foreign workers and their employers. They are not bound by the usual quota limitation applicable to work permits for foreign workers from third countries. However, it is a common misconception that the 120-day permit can be used for any kind of set up where a foreign worker is meant to work in Switzerland during a maximum of 120 days over the course of 12 months. An important differentiation in the law between EU/EFTA and third-country nationals (to the disadvantage of EU/EFTA nationals!) needs to be considered in this context.

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