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Have your say: What’s the best way to find a job in Zurich

Finding a job as a foreign resident in Zurich is not easy but our readers will be grateful for any advice you can share.

The Swiss city of Zurich. Photo by Tobias A. Müller on Unsplash
Do you live in Zurich or do you work there? Let us know your tips on finding work. Photo by Tobias A. Müller on Unsplash

Please note: This poll has now been concluded. Here are the results on how to get a job in Zurich. 

Zurich has one of Europe’s best job markets, with high wages and a wide variety of options. 

Finding that job however can be challenging, particularly for people from abroad, for a variety of reasons.

For instance, how important is speaking German – or another Swiss language – in finding a job in Zurich? 

Should you be based in Zurich before looking and do you really need to go through a recruitment agency? 

Please let us know anything you think is relevant about finding a job in Zurich. Your comments may be used in a follow up article to help our readers on their job hunt in Zurich. 

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Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Switzerland has made reciprocal agreements regarding working holiday visas with several countries. Here's what you need to know.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Over the past few decades, countries around the globe have rolled out ‘working holiday visa’ agreements.

These visa schemes, largely targeted at young people, allow people to work and live in a particular country, usually for a set period of time and pursuant to certain conditions.

In recent years, Switzerland has expanded its own form of a ‘working holiday visa’, although there are some important differences to be aware of.

Unlike some of the better known schemes like those in place in Australia, applicants are discouraged from moving around and are generally required to stay with the one employer for the duration.

The goal of the visa scheme is to allow applicants to “expand their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland”.

The visa scheme runs for 18 months and cannot be extended.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

The agreements are made between countries, meaning your fate will depend on whether your government has at some point struck a deal with Switzerland.

EXPLAINED: What’s the difference between permanent residence and Swiss citizenship?

If you are from the European Union or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), then you will be able to live and work in Switzerland as is – and will not need to go through this process.

If you come from outside the EU, you will only be able to apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United States.

What does ‘reciprocal’ mean in this context? 

Where these agreements have been struck, they have entitled citizens of both countries to certain rights and permissions in the other country. 

However, while these arrangements might be reciprocal, they are not identical. 

For instance, while citizens of Australia can enter Switzerland and work, the rules for Swiss citizens in Australia are significantly different. 

Therefore, if considering each program, be sure to study all of the relevant details as these will change from country to country and from agreement to agreement. 

More information is available at the following link. 

EXPLAINED: How to get a working holiday visa in Switzerland