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Old 07.05.2012, 12:28
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Performing Musician/transient work on Shengen visa

I know that foreign artists, sportspersons etc are allowed to do a certain amount of paid work, subject to a holding tax, in Switzerland. But noone seems to be able to tell me what the annual limit on the amount of such work is for one person.

The example being: I would like to invite a friend to come and play occasional orchestra projects. The employers will pay his salary, deduct the holding tax, and he has a UK passport so there are no visa problems.

But is there a maximum amount he can earn, or a maximum amount he can work?

I'd appreciate any info, have spent several hours looking for answers! The company involved don't seem to know!
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Old 07.05.2012, 14:32
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Re: Performing Musician/transient work on Shengen visa

I've never heard of a work limit for freelance musicians. There is the problem of residency, but as long as your friend is a resident and paying the foreigner's withholding tax, I don't see why they would have a problem. If he is looking for residency, it is technically possible, but a very very big hassle. With the residence/work permit, there is a cap to the amount of days you can work (and/or live...) in CH. Mine is limited to 240 days. There are many kinds of permits out there, but this is one of the weirdest.
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