The Federal Council has decided to limit the number of employed and self-employed Croatian nationals as of 1 January 2023 (see press release on the activation of the safeguard clause below). The reintroduction of the quota concerns initial short-term permits L and residence permits B for gainful activity.
The following are not affected by the quota: cross-border commuters, family reunification, residence as a person without gainful employment and the notification procedure for short-term work.
The SEM website will be updated on 1 January 2023.
You will find the documents relevant to your stay in the table below (according to your nationality).
Countries of the EU/EFTA
Croatia joined the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. Each time a new member joins the EU, the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) is supplemented by an additional protocol. The extension of the AFMP to Croatia was negotiated in Protocol III. On 1 January 2017, Protocol III came into force. It provides full free movement of persons for Croatian nationals following a ten-year transitional period.
Since 1 January 2022, the same conditions are valid for all citizens of EU/EFTA member states including Croatia. The special transitional measures with quotas and restrictions regarding the access to the labour market (priority clause for local workers as well as control of wages and work conditions) no longer apply to Croatian nationals.
Should the immigration of Croatian workers exceed a certain threshold, Switzerland can invoke a safeguard clause and limit the number of permits again from 1 January 2023 and until the end of 2026 at the latest.
More detailed information is provided in the factsheets.
Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU and the end of the transition period, the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) no longer applies to relations between Switzerland and the UK. The two countries have therefore concluded the agreement on citizens’ acquired rights, which will allow Swiss citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in Switzerland to remain in their respective host countries.
The agreement on acquired citizens’ rights came into force on 1 January 2021.
|UK nationals who wish to come to live and/or work in Switzerland after 31 December 2020 are subject to the provisions of the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA). They are subject to quotas and so their employers in Switzerland must first apply for a work permit from the competent authority.|
For more information please see : United Kingdom
The cantons are responsible for issuing permits. For detailed information on the application procedure (where to apply, which form to fill out, how long it will take, etc.), please contact the competent cantonal authorities:
Last modification 15.11.2022