In today’s working world, a premium is placed on the mobility of workers and businesses. For many professional activities, official recognition of foreign qualifications is important and even necessary. Depending on the professional activity, a different authority will be responsible for conferring such recognition. Switzerland works closely with the European Union within the framework of the Swiss-EU Bilateral Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) and has adopted the EU’s system of mutual recognition of professional qualifications. Nationals from non-EU states are also entitled to apply for recognition of their foreign qualifications in Switzerland. For general questions concerning the recognition of foreign qualifications, please contact SERI’s national contact point.
The procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications vary according to citizenship and the amount of time in which the person will remain in Switzerland:
- Recognition procedure for permanent establishment
(residence in Switzerland)
- Declaration procedure for service providers from EU/EFTA member states wishing to carry out a regulated professional activity in Switzerland for no more than 90 days per calendar year
(establishment in an EU/EFTA member state)
I am an EU/EFTA citizen and would like to work in Switzerland for longer than 90 days per year (establishment in Switzerland) I am an EU/EFTA citizen and would like to work in Switzerland a maximum of 90 days per year I have a foreign qualification obtained in a third country (non-EU/EFTA member state) and would like to work in Switzerland I have questions about how to find employment I would like to use my Swiss qualification to work in an EU/EFTA member state I would like to use my Swiss qualification to work in a non EU/EFTA member state I would like to study in Switzerland I would like to study abroad