Links to General Resources
ch.ch helps you navigate the agencies of the federal, cantonal and district administrations. Find answers to topical questions about everyday life in Switzerland and get linked to the appropriate agencies.
Living and Working in Switzerland – information booklets by the State Secretariat for Migration
These booklets are primarily intended for foreign nationals wishing to reside and work in Switzerland. Compiled by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), they inform on topics such as the country and its population; entry and stay, housing; working conditions; job search; social security; taxes; and much more.
Working in Switzerland
Investing in Switzerland – Web page operated by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) – provides investors and entrepreneurs with facts such as statistics and tables on Switzerland’s assets as a business location.
The Regional Employment Centers (RAV) help job seekers find employment and secure unemployment insurance.
On these Web pages, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) provides information on the procedures and the offices competent for authorizing foreign vocational certificates and academic diplomas.
The SECO information page on employees’ rights
On this Web page, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) advises on employees’ and employers’ rights and duties, informs on working hours and rest period regulations, deals with topics such as occupational health, including provisions on pregnancy at work and precautions, and statutory provisions on the employment of juveniles.
Social Security and Health Care
Social Security Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME)
Employees and employers, especially SMEs, get answers to their questions on the various forms of social insurance, compulsory contribution, benefit entitlement, and financing. You will also find information on conditions of employment, collective labour agreements, employers’ and employees’ rights and duties, and international social security agreements.
Overview of social security in Switzerland
The Federal Social Insurance Office provides an overview of social security in Switzerland.
Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO)
The FSIO Web page offers the latest on social insurance, Old Age and Survivors’ Insurance (OASI), Disability Insurance (DI), supplementary benefits, occupational benefit plan, income compensation, and family matters.
Social insurance: international agreements
This website provides insured persons with information on intergovernmental agreements on the coordination of national social insurance systems. Besides the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the EU, there are numerous agreements with individual countries.
Federal Office of Public Health
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides both up-to-date information on sickness and accident insurance and a survey of public health in Switzerland.
Social insurance for foreign nationals
This section contains information on social insurance, unemployment and support for families.
Taxes and Charges
On this site, the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) informs on the requirements regarding the importation and exportation of goods, the levying of taxes, and on the Free Trade Agreement.
Federal Tax Administration
This site, operated by the Federal Tax Administration (FTA), covers a vast array of tax-related questions and informs on the Swiss system of taxation. Furthermore, it contains a taxpayer’s guide to assessing income and property tax.
Information on value-added tax
On this Federal Tax Administration (FTA) operated site, entrepreneurs will find ample information on their duty to pay taxes- such as VAT& - and billing. Taxpayers can download numerous forms (application, billing, change of domicile, etc.).
Links to cantonal tax authorities
This link, provided by the Federal Tax Administration, helps you find the cantonal tax authorities and assess source tax levied by the cantons.
Double Tax Convention
The Federal Tax Administration (FTA) runs a list of countries that are signatory to the Double Taxation Convention and have agreed to give relief for withholding tax levied abroad.
Directives on the implementation of the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act
(6 Familiennachzug; document doesn't exist in english)
Buying real estate
Information on the acquisition of real estate by foreign nationals
The Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) informs comprehensively on how non-Swiss citizens may acquire real estate in Switzerland.
Last modification 30.01.2019