Education

Responsibilities

The issuance of quota-free permits for doctoral students, postdocs and academic guests lies in the responsibility of Migration Office of the Canton of Zurich. Therefore, in such cases, the application can be handed in directly at the Migration Office. If the following criteria are not met, the application must be processed by the Work Permits Unit.

Conditions

  • Doctoral students must have a Masters diploma
  • Enrolment at the local university
  • The employment level must not exceed 60 %

Application documents

  • Application for an entry permit
  • Employment contract
  • Document “Beiblatt Qualifikationsstellen” resp. data sheet with indication of doctoral supervisor
  • CV
  • Copies of diplomas
  • Copy of passport

Conditions

  • The postdoc must have a doctoral degree no 
    older than two years
  • The minimum employment level is 60 %

Application documents

  • Application for an entry permit
  • Employment contract
  • Document “Beiblatt Qualifikationsstellen” resp. data sheet with indication of doctoral supervisor
  • CV
  • copy of doctoral degree
  • copy of passport

Conditions

  • Academic guests do not have a local 
    employment contract
  • The stay enrolled at their home university or 
    employed and paid by their home employer
  • Academic guests must at least have a Masters 
    diploma. In general, they are experienced 
    scientists with a doctoral degree


    Application documents
  • Application for an entry permit
  • Invitation letter by the local university
  • Letter of assignment from the home university or the home employer including information about the duration of the assignment and the salary
  • CV
  • copy of diploma(s)
  • copy of passport