Required and Optional Application Documents

The State Secretariat for Migration and the cantonal employment services will handle applications only if submitted in full. Please ensure, therefore, that you send all of the following documents:

Documents in general

Cantonal application form
  • Application forms differ from canton to canton. Most cantons make their application forms available online for printout. A number of cantons allows for online application.
Photocopy of passport data page
  • Indispensable for correct registration of personal data
Particular documents required by the cantons
  • You may apply directly to the appropriate office in the cantons for information on requirements aside from the below documents.


  • Confirmation of a vacancy advertised by the Regional Employment Offices (RAV) and in EURES (European Employment Services cooperation network). Inform your RAV adviser.
  • Photocopies of job advertisements published in professional magazines, trade papers, and Swiss national newspapers and magazines. 
  • Evidence of customary efforts made to obtain employment
  • Internet job advertisements; confirmation of job advertisement by an employment agent 
  • Applications received and reasons why applicants were turned down (ask RAV advisers to provide questionnaires)

Personal requirements

  • Curriculum vitae (chronological style) 
  • Proof of qualification (diplomas, certificates) 
  • Photocopies of diplomas and certificates (if not issued in one of Switzerland’s official languages or in English, a translation of these documents is required)
  • Further information on the institutions where education was received; period of education and subjects of learning (e.g. study plan, degrees received, subjects and grades)

Reason for the application

  • State the reasons why a particular vacancy needs filling; job description or job duties of the position to be filled; particulars on the business enterprise offering the vacancy.
Project operations – additional documents required
  • Evidence of the order received (contract for work or confirmation of order)
  • Project description 
  • Implementation plan 
  • Extra requirements in employee leasing: authorization for leasing of manpower; manpower leasing contract and project operation contract
Business startup – Additional documents required
  • Charter, certificate of incorporation
  • Three-year business plan, intended management organization, personnel development, financing (budgeting/outlay/revenue), trade-specific information

Salary/terms and conditions of employment

  • Contract of employment (must be signed at least by employer; the contract is considered binding by the authorities) or employee transfer confirmation by the employer stating salary, expatriation allowance, and expense allowance