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Internship in Switzerland for foreign nationals

With a B Student Permit issued in Ticino, it is possible for students with non-Swiss nationality to do an internship in the Canton Ticino, requesting at least 15 days before starting the internship a modification of their permission through the following procedure:

  1. Contract
    it is required to produce a contract, duly signed and dated by the employer and the student, in which the information concerning the start and end date; percentage and place of work and pay is specified.
     
  2. USI Career Service declaration letter
    Bring a copy of the contract ask to the Career Service the internship declaration letter, in which it is stated that the internship represents a significant experience and of pivotal importance to complement the students’ academic curricula.
     
  3. Online application for a change of permit 
    With Career Service declaration letter it is then possible to initiate the application procedure for a change of permit at the Immigration Office website (Notifica inizio impiego studenti permesso B o L). The application form is available only in Italian.
     
  4. Sending required documentation
    After completing the online procedure, you must send the required documents by post to the Migration Office of Bellinzona (via Lugano 4, 6501 Bellinzona)

 

Please remember that:

  • It is illegal to start the internship before you have received permission modification and approval by the Migration Office. (the application must be submitted at least 15 days beforehand
  • If, during the internship, the annual income exceeds CHF 2,300 per calendar year and per employer, the employer is required to request the AVS (Swiss social security system) number for the student
  • Procedures for requesting permission changes may be subject to change by the Migration Office for which the Careers Service is not responsible.

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  • Part-time job

    Six months after your arrival, a student with permission "B" can work full time during the summer months.

    According to the Swiss Law, the Immigration Office in Bellinzona must be informed of the student’s part-time work activity through request the modification of your permit:

    1. It is required to produce a contract, duly signed and dated by the employer and the student, in which the information concerning the start and end date; percentage and place of work and pay is specified

    2. Download from the portal reserved for students the certificate 15 working hours or the certificate for summer activity. 

    3. Request the modification of the residence permit on Immigration Office website (Notifica inizio impiego studenti permesso B o L).

    4. After completing the online procedure, the student must send by post the requested documents to the Migration Office in Bellinzona (via Lugano 4, 6501 Bellinzona). 

    For more information about the regulation that governs the possibility for non-Swiss students to work part-time during their studies, please read the Ordinanza sull’ammissione, il soggiorno e l’attività lucrativa (OASA), especially Art. 38.

     

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Updated on: 20/03/2019