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SWITZERLAND – Transitional Period for Croatians Extended to End of 2021

, 10/12/2018

On 7 December 2018, the Swiss federal council announced it will maintain until 31 December 2021 the transitional provisions of Protocol III, which extended to Croatian nationals the Agreement on Free Movement of Persons (FMPA) between Switzerland and the European Union.

Croatian nationals benefit from visa-free entry and can stay in Switzerland for up to three months. However, special transitional provisions apply to the taking up of gainful employment in Switzerland and the provision of services. For example, Croatian nationals are only allowed to take up gainful employment if a labour market test is in place, salary and working conditions are considered and within the framework of the fixed annual quotas

The FMPA with transitional provisions has applied to Croatian nationals since 1 January 2017, and amended legislation to extend the transitional period will enter into force on 1 January 2019.

Action Items

Companies intending to hire or assign Croatian nationals in Switzerland are encouraged to consult their immigration specialist to ensure compliance with the extended transitional provisions.