Resident foreign nationals are foreign nationals who reside in Switzerland for a longer period of time for a certain purpose, with or without gainful employment.
The residence permit for EU/EFTA nationals is valid for five years. It is issued if the foreign national is in possession of an employment contract of at least twelve months’ duration or of unlimited duration. The only exceptions are for Croatian nationals (see below).
The residence permit will be renewed for another five years if the foreign national satisfies the requirements. First-time renewal of the permit can be limited to one year, however, if the holder has been involuntarily unemployed for more than twelve consecutive months. Nationals from all EU/EFTA member states without gainful employment are entitled to a B permit if they can prove they have sufficient financial means and adequate health and accident insurance.
Since 1 January 2017, Protocol III of Agreement on the free movement of persons between Switzerland and the EU is applicable to nationals from Croatia. A residence permit B EU/EFTA for gainful activities is issued to Croatian nationals provided they fulfil the specific transitory provisions (quotas and priority clause for local workers as well as control of wages and work conditions).
Last modification 01.03.2021