Step-by-Step Guide to Working in Switzerland for Filipino Medical Professionals

Switzerland offers a plethora of opportunities for medical professionals. This guide aims to simplify the process for Filipino medical workers planning to work in Switzerland.

Step 1: Evaluate Your Qualifications

Before starting the registration process, you need to evaluate whether your qualifications meet the Swiss requirements for medical professionals. This may involve having your credentials assessed by a recognized Swiss institution.

Step 2: Apply for a Work Permit

Once your qualifications have been evaluated, you can apply for a Swiss work permit. Filipino medical workers typically apply for either a Permit L or Permit B.

  • Permit L is a short-term residence permit that allows you to stay in Switzerland for up to one year.

  • Permit B is an initial or temporary residence permit that is valid for one year but can be extended annually.

The cost of these work permits can vary between cantons but is typically around CHF 160 or approximately 9,937.76 PHP.

Step 3: Apply for a Visa

In addition to a work permit, you will also need a visa. The fee for the visa application is 3,500 PHP​.

Step 4: Register with the Swiss Medical Association

As a medical professional, you will need to register with the Swiss Medical Association. This will require proof of your qualifications and might also require proof of your language proficiency in one of Switzerland's official languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh).

Step 5: Find Employment

You will typically need to secure employment before you can move to Switzerland. Many employers assist with the work permit and visa process. It may be helpful to reach out to potential employers or use a recruitment agency specializing in healthcare.

Step 6: Prepare for the Move

Once you have secured employment and obtained your work permit and visa, you can prepare for your move. This includes arranging housing, healthcare, and other necessities.


Working as a medical professional in Switzerland can be a rewarding experience. While the process may seem complex, this guide should help simplify it. Good luck!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this guide is accurate as of the date it was written. Please verify all information with the relevant Swiss authorities before proceeding with your application. The process and requirements can change, and the exact procedure may vary depending on the specific circumstances.

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