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Independent Work Authorization Services in Switzerland (IWACH)

Receive Swiss work authorization assistance

Providing work authorization opportunities

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The Independent Work Abroad in Switzerland program provides work authorization for U.S. citizens who are recent college graduates.

Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Work authorization (Stagiaire visa) can be provided for up to 18 months. You will negotiate the duration of your program with your host company. Start dates are flexible.

By applying through Cultural Vistas, applicants receive:

  • Assistance during the application process
  • Pre-departure information mailing
  • Work authorization services
  • MER insurance coverage (at an additional cost of $10 per month)
  • Support throughout the program in Switzerland and the United States

Program Details

How to Apply

Step 1

Complete an online application form

Please click the application link to request a password to the online application. Requesting a password does not mean that you have completed the online application process. After you have requested an application you will receive a username and password to access, complete, and submit an application. You may preview and edit your application at any time until you have clicked on the “Submit” button. To preview your application, click “Print Version.” When editing your application, please be sure to click “Save” before exiting to ensure that all data is saved. We encourage you to print a copy of your completed application before submitting it. Please note that once an application has been submitted it is considered final.

Step 2

Complete and submit the following documents

  1. Application for a Permit for a Temporary Stay (Gesuch um Aufenthaltsbewilligung) with physical signatures.
  2. Employment Agreement (Arbeitsvertrag für Stagiaires) with both sets of physical signatures.
  3. Copy of official college/university diploma(s) or other official proof of graduation
  4. Current resume in English
  5. Copy of U.S. passport valid for entire anticipated stay in Switzerland
  6. Visa Pick-up Location Form
  7. Terms of Participation and Participant Code of Conduct Form
  8. Statement of Insurance Coverage Form

Frequently Asked Questions