What has changed
From 1 January 2017, the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) gradually allowed Croatian citizens entry into the Swiss workforce through traditional measures enacted under the ratification of Protocol III. The transitional measures included restricted access to the Swiss labour market, priority to the local workforce and check of work conditions and quotas. Swiss authorities initially planned for the transitional measures to apply until December 31, 2018.
On December 7, 2018 the Swiss Federal Council announced that the transitional measures applicable to the Croatian nationals coming to work in Switzerland will be extended until December 31, 2021. the extension of the transitional period will take effect on January 1, 2019.
Who is affected
All companies who sponsor Croatian employees in Switzerland or are planning to send Croatian employees to Switzerland in the future.
What to expect
Before a Croatia national may begin work, the employer must first secure a decision from the relevant cantonal labour authorities.
employers should conduct a Swiss labour market check before offering a position to any Croatian national, provided the job is not an Intra-Company transfer.
Visa Lounge Global Immigration strongly advices employers to submit work permit applications for Croatian citizens far in advance, in order to secure the work authorisation in time for the employment start date.