Work permit

The “police cantonale des étrangers” authorise foreign students to work:

  • 15 hours per week during semesters
  • Full-time during the academic holiday

European students

Autorisation given as soon as they arrive in Switzerland.

Non-european students

Autorisation given only 6 months after their arrival in Switzerland.

Exception is given to student assistants employed in research in connection with their field of study.
See article 9 of  4.7.1 Terms of employment of student assistants

In case of regular paid work

For all regular paid work, students holding a B permit must:

1. Ask their future employer to fill in a form for employment. This document must be provided even if the work is lasting less than 3 months.

List of EU/EFTA countries.

  • Form for EU/EFTA students:  word  /  pdf
  • Form for non-EU/EFTA students :  word  /  pdf

2. Go to the student desk and present the form. A certificate will be delivered only if the number of hours do not exceed:

  • 15 hours per week during semesters
  • Full-time during the academic holiday

3. Submit both documents to the competent office (address written on the document)
Failure to comply with these rules may result in refusal to extend the residence permit.

Information provided by the population office

Population office