SWISS WORK PERMITS FOR EU CITIZENS
GET A JOB IN SWITZERLAND WITH AN EU PASSPORT
We know that a lot of our ski instructor trainees have EU passports.
But how easy is it for you to get work after your course?
Well, you’re in a really, really good situation.
Here’s how simple it is to get a work permit:
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
They are dead simple.
You get a job agreed, apply for a permit, then you start work.
All you need are the following:
- An EU passport
- A signed work contract
- An signed accommodation contract or letter
- Swiss Health Insurance
- Proof of funds (if you’re on a variable contract)
- A completed arrival questionnaire
- A completed permit application form
If you have all that then the permit is a certainty – in fact you don’t even need to wait for approval, you can start work the second it’s submitted.
WHO DOES IT ALL?
Usually once you get a job with a ski school you just need to fill in the forms in their office and they will submit the paperwork.
It’s really straightforward.
PROOF OF SAVINGS
If you are on a variable contract (a contract with no guaranteed hours, like almost all ski instructors) you need to show proof of savings – about 2’000 chf per month for the duration of the contract. A bank statement will do.
There’s also a cost for applying – it’s 95 chf in Verbier. It depends on the ski school if you pay or if the employer pays this.
Finally health insurance. You must have Swiss Health Insurance to work.
The are some exceptions for nations that neighbour Switzerland. So French, German, Austrian and Italian workers can use a European Health Insurance Card – if you apply with the correct forms.
Health insurance (called LAMAL in French speaking areas like Verbier) is expensive – around 200 chf per month.
But it varies depending on your age, the insurance company you use and what level of excess you have (the amount of bills you pay before health insurance kicks in – excesses can vary between 400chf and 2’000 chf, it’s your choice).
AND THAT’S IT…
Getting work is easy with an EU passport because, even though Switzerland isn’t part of the EU, it has very close links and Switzerland is part of the Schengen area allowing free movement of people.
So if you hold an EU passport then work is easy – even if it’s not your main passport.
In fact, if you are fluent in English and have an EU passport you are in demand – following Brexit ski schools can’t recruit British instructors, so they are desperate for ski teachers for peak weeks.
If working as a ski instructor sounds interesting, then just click below to get started and book your course or to ask us any questions…