After finding a job in Liechtenstein, the next question is how to apply for any permits that may be required. There are different provisions depending on the nationality of the person. Nevertheless, bureaucracy is kept to a minumum for both employees and employers.
Workers living in Liechtenstein generally do not need any kind of permit, regardless of their nationality. A permit is, however, required for apprenticeship positions. These positions may only be offered by employers with a training permit. Workers living outside Liechtenstein, known as "cross-border commuters", are subject to a range of different provisions in order to receive a permit. For more information visit the page on cross-border commuters.
Liechtenstein operates a restrictive policy when it comes to living in the country. Foreign nationals working in Liechtenstein are generally not allowed to live in the Principality, even if they are employed by a Liechtenstein company. In order to be allowed to live in Liechtenstein, foreign workers must apply for a residence permit. There are 56 such residence permits (B) granted each year for EEA citizens who already work in Liechtenstein. Half of these are awarded via a lottery; the rest are awarded by the government. The lotteries are held each spring and autumn. Swiss citizens are not allowed to take part in these lotteries. Instead, there are twelve permits available each year for Swiss citizens. All of these permits are awarded by the government.
Citizens of other countries (neither EEA nor Switzerland) must be managers, specialists or qualified workers with a completed apprenticeship or many years of working experience in order to receive a residence permit (B).
For more information about residence permits pleae contact the Migration and Passport Office.