A 120-day work permit category is for those foreign nationals
who wish to work in Switzerland for 120 days or less in a 12-month
period. This category is exempt of any quotas. This permit is
issued for a maximum of 120 days in a 12-month period, but the way
in which this is adjudicated varies from canton to canton and
Embassy to Embassy.
From our recent experience with these applications lodged with
the Swiss Embassy in Mumbai, we observed a lot of variations with
each case. To note a few of these observations:
Of all the applicants that applied
for this visa, some of them were issued a type "D" visa
and some were issued a type "C" visa. This decision was
completely at the discretion of the Swiss Embassy and we did not
have control over whether an employee would receive type
"D" or "C" visa;
Most of the applicants who visited
the Swiss VFS office for document submission were made to wait for
nearly 4 to 5 hours by VFS officers on the understanding that the
VFS office was waiting to receive an approval from the Swiss
Embassy on their applications. This was the case even after we took
the precautionary step of sending all the work permit approvals to
the Swiss Embassy and the VFS office by email prior to the
Some of the applicants'
biometrics were taken at the time when they visited the VFS office
for their document submission. Few others were asked to visit the
VFS office once again to provide their biometrics;
As per the Swiss VFS website, it is
clearly mentioned that no form is required for a 120-day work
permit application. This is so because a work permit authorization
approval letter is already received from the Swiss canton. Yet some
applicants were required to submit the Schengen visa application
One applicant who by way of caution
had already submitted the Schengen visa form, was called once again
by the VFS office to submit the visa form.
These discrepancies on the part of the VFS office has made the
entire process of obtaining the 120-day work permit a tedious one.
There is a complete disconnect between the Swiss Embassy and the
Swiss VFS which in turn causes a huge amount of confusion and delay
for the applicants.
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