WORK PERMITS INFORMATION
A work authorisation is mandatory for non-Swiss nationals residing in Switzerland with a B Permit, classified as formation, and whom have already received an employment offer in Switzerland. Students should send a work authorisation request to the OCPM before the start of their job/internship.
In addition, non-Swiss students are subject to the following work restrictions :
- Employment activity cannot exceed 37.5%, which is equivalent to 15 hours per week during the academic semester and 40 hours per week during the official holiday (winter and summer break).
- Non-EU/EFTA nationals are not allowed to start a work activity for 6 months upon their arrival date in Geneva. EU/EFTA nationals can start immediately upon their arrival in Geneva.
Exceptions are made for PhD students working in a research field related to their thesis. Read our FAQs for additional information.