About this visa
7 Steps to Apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Switzerland
Young travelers from the listed participating countries are able to participate in the Youth Mobility Program to work and travel in Switzerland for up to one year!
You must have a trainee placement in Switzerland in order to apply for this visa. Find out how below.
EU countries (Incl. Switzerland) are starting to reopen their borders to international travelers. However, before heading off to Europe be sure to double check with the country's Embassy or Consulate in your home country as the EU countries are not legally bound to follow this new EU recommendation.
Switzerland has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 13 participating countries:
If you are a Citizen of Switzerland and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.
With this visa you can
This visa allows you to:
- Live in Switzerland up to 18 months
- Work for an employer for 18 months
- Re-enter Switzerland during the visa period
Things to note
In order to participate in the Youth Mobility Program you must find a trainee placement in Switzerland before applying and a trainee permit must be granted.
Trainee permits are granted on the basis of a written contract of employment with an integrated training programme. The employment contract must be signed by the employer and the trainee and should include at least the following details:
- Type of employment and training programme (job description, schedule, courses, etc.)
- Duration of employment (maximum 18 months)
- Salary, trial period, period of notice
- Working hours, holiday entitlement
- Health and accident insurance (according to the Health Insurance Act)
- Travel expenses
**Young professionals are required to work in the occupation that they have learned or in their study major. Part-time work or working as a self-employed person are not permitted.
- You are a citizen of one of the participating countries mentioned above.
- You are 18-35 years old (Australia: 20-30, New Zealand and Russia: 18-30).
- You have completed vocational training (apprenticeship, university of applied sciences, university; the agreement with Canada also admits undergraduates to work in Switzerland as part of their bachelor’s degree programme, the application must be accompanied by confirmation of enrolment at a college or a university).
- You work in the profession in which you have been trained.
- Access is possible for all professions, for professions that require diploma recognition, the corresponding permit must be enclosed.
- Your salary is based on the going rate for the region and sector, as for a job starter. Where a collective employment agreement (CEA) exists, the salary must be based on this. Otherwise, the salary must comply with cantonal wage guidelines and the recommendations of professional associations.
- Work permits are granted for a maximum of 18 months (several stays are possible as long as their overall duration does not exceed a total of 18 months).
Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.
How to apply
- Receive a trainee permit from a Swiss business
- Collect the required visa document. You can find the checklist here
- Fill out the visa application form
- Submit the visa application in your home country. You can find the addresses here
The immigration authority in Switzerland for processing Working Holiday visa's is The Federal Council of Switzerland.
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