More and more entrepreneurs from foreign countries want to become self-employed in Switzerland.
Switzerland has a dual system for granting work permits to foreign workers. Employees from the EU/EFTA area can benefit from the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons.
Permits for people from countries outside the EU/EFTA area - so-called third states - are restricted to highly qualified workforce.
Entrepreneurs from third states who are thus not citizens of an EU/EFTA country and who want to become self-employed in Switzerland have to meet the Swiss labour market requirements. The criteria for admittance are contained in the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals (FNA), the Decree on Admittance, Residence and Employment (VZAE) and the provisions of the FNA and the VZAE.For more information: