At present, entry to the Swiss job market is easier for Employees from EU/EFTA countries due to existing agreements between Switzerland and the European Union (EU).
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Employees from all other countries can only obtain a work permit (Arbeitsbewilligung) if they are well-qualified and provide urgently needed skills. Further information can be found on the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (Staatssekretariat für Migration). You can check there to see what qualifications you need to obtain a work permit.
Persons with type N and F residence permits must apply for a work permit. If you need a work permit, you can consult the Office for Migration of the canton of Lucerne.
Office for Migration (Amt für Migration) Luzern
Telephone: +41 (0)41 228 77 80
Many jobs are advertised publicly, for example, in newspapers such as the Neue Luzerner Zeitung (NLZ).
04. Where can I find answers to questions on my rights and obligations as an employee and on labor regulations?
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In Switzerland, all employed persons have compulsory unemployment insurance. If you are unable to find another job, you are entitled to unemployment compensation. To qualify, however, you must have worked for at least twelve months during the last two years.
If you should lose your job, you should report in person to the Employment Office of the city of Lucerne, at the latest on your first day of unemployment.
Soziale Dienste, Arbeitsamt, Obergrundstrasse 1, 6002 Luzern
Telephone: +41 (0)41 208 81 11
In a second step, you will be referred from the Employment Office to the Regional Job Placement Center (Arbeitsvermittlungszentrum, RAV) in Lucerne. They will inform you as to the amount and duration of your unemployment compensation. The RAV also provides job placement services and counseling on training courses and work programs.
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Illegal employment: Anyone who is being paid for a legal job but is not registered with the social insurances, the tax authorities, and/or the Foreign Nationals Office (Ausländerbehörde) is working illegally, which is punishable by law. You can find further information on this subject under the following link:
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06. How and where can I find information on jobs and educational opportunities or ask career-related questions?
If you would like to obtain information regarding a particular occupation or career opportunities in Switzerland, you can find extensive material at the Center for Educational and Career Information (BIZ, Beratungs- und Informationszentrum für Bildung und Beruf).
Center for Educational and Career Information (BIZ)
Telephone: +41 (0)41 228 52 52
Web: Center for Educational Information BIZ
If you are interested in further education, you can get information on a variety of courses and training options free of charge. You can find an educational database where you can look for specific possibilities here: www.berufsberatung.ch.
Acceptance of the foreign degree is required in many occupations. If your profession is not regulated in Switzerland, you can practice it even if your diploma or certificate is not recognized here. If your profession is regulated in Switzerland, your foreign diploma or certification will have to be approved by a Swiss public authority or institution.
Information on the different agencies for approval of foreign diplomas:
+ Recognition of foreign qualifications
For universitiy admission, you should contact the university of your choice directly:
+ Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitäten
Detailed information on acceptance of foreign diplomas and the various contact sites:
+ State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation