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Hi!

I will be posted to Switzerland for 12-14 months as part of my PhD. After the posting I will occasionally come back a few days each year.

Should I first apply for a long-term visa (D-type) from home and when I get to Switzerland, apply for a residence permit (B-type)?

I have already applied for a work permit in the relevant canton.

Furthermore, are PhD fellows considered students or employees in Switzerland?

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Re: Posting as PhD fellow

No, your permit will cover both residence and work if it's granted. You will need to apply for a Type D visa to enter Switzerland long term legally however and that needs to be done at the nearest Swiss embassy/consulate to your location. If the permit is granted, the visa will be issued to you.
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Re: Posting as PhD fellow

Thanks for the quick reply.

As I am a EU citizen, I am allowed to enter Switzerland without visa for stays shorter than 3 months as far as I have read.

In case I get the work permit, I will not have to apply for a residence permit/long term visa?
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Re: Posting as PhD fellow

Ah, in that case no you don't need a visa at all as EU-27 nationals have free movement in Switzerland for up to 3 months then they must either leave or register as being resident here. As you/your employer have already applied for a permit you'd simply register at the cantonal migration office on your arrival to start the process of getting it issued. And no, as said the permit covers both work and residence.

If you're Croatian however, then you are still considered a non-EU national by Switzerland and will need the Type D visa to enter the country. As said, this will be issued ONLY if your permit application is approved. Croatian nationals are subject to permit quota limitations: 50 B permits and 450 L permits per year are available.
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