Free movement of persons: clear rules concerning the financial resources of short-term jobseeker residents

Press release, Federal Council, 13 March 2015

Foreigners applying for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of finding a job in Switzerland must have sufficient financial means to cover their living expenses. The Federal Council on Friday adopted this amendment to the Freedom of Movement Introduction Ordinance. It enters into force on 1 April 2015..

Nationals of the European Union (EU) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) who are looking for a job in Switzerland will only be granted a residence permit if they can prove that they have sufficient financial means to cover their living expenses. This principle is set forth in the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons with the EU concerning the granting of temporary jobseeker permits but is henceforth clarified by the amendment, which has been approved by the Federal Council.

As well as fostering a consistent application of the rules throughout Switzerland, the amendment is intended to ensure legal certainty by providing answers to specific questions arising from the interpretation of the Freedom of Movement Agreement.

Press release, State Secretariat for Migration (only in German, French or Italian)