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University of Basel

Work Permits

Work permits are obtained from the HR office at the University of Basel. The employee must provide the following documents:

EU/EFTA citizens (excluding Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia)

Registration procedure:

  • With the introduction of the registration procedure, residents of EU/EFTA countries who work in Switzerland for a maximum of 90 days per year are no longer required to obtain and pay for a work permit. Stays that do not exceed eight days per year do not have to be reported.

Cross-border commuter permit:

  • Copy of passport or ID card along with a passport photo.
  • Assistants and PhD students must also provide a copy of their matriculation certificate.

Residence permit:

  • No documents required.
  • The employee receives a formal guarantee of a residence permit and must submit the appropriate documents him- or herself.

Non-EU/EFTA citizens (including Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia and Estonia)

Cross-border commuter permit:

  • Copy of passport or ID card along with a passport photo.
  • CV, skill certifications, diplomas/degree certificates, employment references.
  • Assistants and PhD students must also provide a copy of their matriculation certificate.

Residence permit:

  • Copy of passport or ID card along with a passport photo.
  • CV, skill certifications, diplomas/degree certificates, employment references.
  • Assistants and PhD students must also provide a copy of their matriculation certificate.

Employment at the University of Basel while residing in a EU/EFTA country

Depending on the staff member’s place of residence and work, Swiss or international social security law applies with respect to old-age and survivors’ insurance, professional pensions (pension fund), accident and sickness allowance insurance as well as family support benefits.

A staff member who is a resident of an EU/EFTA country and who works at the University of Basel while employed simultaneously in an EU/EFTA country is generally required to pay into the social security system of the respective EU or EFTA country.

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