Switzerland has concluded so-called “Stagiaires Agreements” with various countries. Under these agreements, young professionals who wish to extend their professional and linguistic knowledge in Switzerland can obtain a work permit for up to 18 months.
The following countries are beneficiaries of this agreement:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Nationals of these countries are admitted if they can show that they have completed vocational training or a university degree. age limit: 35 years (exceptions: Australia, New Zealand and Russia: 30 years)
Stagiare placements serve the purpose of further education, they can only take place in the learned profession or field of study. Part-time work or self-employment is not permitted. The young professionals must receive a wage that is customary in the location and industry.