Cross-border workers

The G permit or “permis frontalier” allows workers living on the neighboring country border (France, Germany or Italy) to work in Switzerland under certain conditions (art. 35 LEI).

A cross-border EU worker can apply for a G permit online and immediatly start working.

Requirements 

A G permit holder is required to go back home at least once a week. For non-EU cross-border workers, a domicile in a neighboring country is taken into consideration only if the applicant has lived there for at least six months and if the domicile is situated on the border with Switzerland (art. 25 LEI).

Any changes in the permit holder’s situation, for example a change of employer, of canton or change of activity (independent) must be requested from cantonal authorities first.

 

The G permit can be renewed after five years if no revocation motives exist such as:

  • debts
  • criminal proceedings
  • dependency on social assistance
  • threats to national security

NB: A cross-border permit does not grant access to a C permit or to Swiss citizenship!

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This website aims to provide general information regarding Swiss law and should not be regarded as a legal opinion. For more specific advice, do not hesitate to contact us.