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N-Permit

Fast Facts:

  • This permit confirms that a person has applied for asylum in Switzerland and is waiting for a decision to be issued
  • N-permit holders may stay in Switzerland until the end of the procedure
  • No travel abroad is allowed during the asylum procedure
  • Are NOT entitled to work for the first 3 months of their stay, after this they are FULLY WORK AUTHORIZED if:
    • The situation in the economy and the labour market allows
    • An employer demands to hire the asylum seeker and complies with the usual local wage and working conditions of the given industry
    • It is determined that no one else with the requested qualifications profile can be hired for the position (Swiss passport holder, residence permit holder, citizen of another EU country)

Employers:

  • Must comply with local wage and working conditions
  • Must submit a request an authorization for a work permit to the cantonal authority where your business resides
  • Can expect to employ temporary persons (especially from war torn countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Syria) for the long-term

F-Permit

(Video: F-Permit and Employment)

Fast Facts:

  • For refugees with temporary admission
  • Permit must be renewed each year
  • FULL WORK AUTHORIZATION without any restrictions (Art. 61 AsylA)
  • 90% of those given a F-permit remain in Switzerland permanently
  • F-permit holders can apply for a residence permit after 5 years
  • Allowed to travel internationally if granted an international refugee travel document

Employers:

  • Must comply with local wage and working conditions
  • Must request an authorization for employment to the cantonal authority where business resides (until April 2017, afterwards, a simple announcement suffices)
  • Can expect to employ temporary persons for the long-term

B-Permit

Fast Facts:

  • For refugees who have been granted asylum
  • Permit must be renewed each year
  • Allowed to travel internationally if granted an international refugee travel document
  • FULL WORK AUTHORIZATION without any restrictions (Art. 61 AsylA)

Employers:

  • Must comply with local wage and working conditions
  • Must announce the employment to the cantonal authority where business resides

 

Links to cantonal authorities (in French)

For Geneva:

For Vaud: