In today’s working world, a premium is placed on the mobility of workers and businesses. For many professions, workers require official recognition of their foreign qualifications in order to enjoy such mobility. Within the framework of the Swiss-EU Bilateral Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons, Switzerland works closely with the European Union and has adopted the EU’s system of mutual recognition of professional qualifications issued by EU member states. Nationals from non-EU states are also entitled to apply for recognition of their foreign qualifications in Switzerland.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) is the national contact point for the recognition of professional qualifications in Switzerland and can answer general questions on this topic.
From 1 September 2013 two different procedures apply for EU/EFTA citizens:
- Recognition procedure on establishment
If you intend to settle in Switzerland permanently and pursue a regulated profession, you must have your qualifications recognised. Detailed information on how to do this and who to apply to can be found under the heading Recognition procedure on establishment.
- Declaration procedure for service providers
If you are an EU/EFTA citizen and want to provide services in a regulated profession in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days per calendar year, you must first provide a declaration to SERI. You will find detailed information on the declaration procedure, who is responsible and what you have to do under the heading Declaration procedure for service providers.