The step by step procedure in the hiring of trainees from the Philippines:
I. Employer Registration:
Foreign sponsors/ employers shall be accredited with the Philippine recruitment agency which will represent the sponsor /employer in all transactions with government and private entities pertaining to the recruitment, documentation and deployment of trainees to Switzerland.
The Philippine agencies shall handle recruitment activities for the employers/sponsors who include advertisement of job openings , interview, pre-qualification and selection of applicants.

II. Documentary Requirements for Sponsor/Employer Accreditation:
• Special Power of Attorney from the sponsor / employer to the Philippines recruitment agency appointing and authorizing the agency as its attorney-in-fact.
• Manpower request indicating the number of positions and salary per position. If the sponsor / employer is a foreign placement agency, job order from the direct employer is required.
• Valid commercial registration / business license of the sponsor / employer.
• FOM-stamped master employment contract

III. Lodging of individual applications, proceeding and required documents for the work permit for Young professionals:
The individual trainee may or may not hand over his or her application to the Swiss Embassy in Manila in person. This can also be done by a representative of the recruitment agency. The personal presence of the trainee is however required when subsequently applying for an entry visa for Switzerland.
Trainees are responsible for their own application. They or a representative of the recruitment agency must submit the complete application for a residence and work permit to the Swiss embassy in Manila. The Trainee can submit the application by mail/post. The relevant address is the following:

Embassy of Switzerland
24th Floor, BDO Equitable Bank Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City 1226

The application must contain the following documents:
• Two original copies of the official application form (available at under Entry & Residence Labor / Work permits Young Professionals (trainees), fully completed and signed
• Two original copies of the contract of temporary employment as specified under point 3 of these guideline
• A copy of the applicant’s vocational diploma or university degree
• A current CV
• Copies of the employment certificates from the previous two years
• A copy of the applicant’s passport
• The Embassy requires a postage fee of PHP 500.00

The Swiss Embassy in Manila then forwards the complete application to the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) for approval. After receiving the complete application form , FOM checks all the documents. If something is missing, FOM will request the employer to provide it. If all the conditions are fulfilled, FOM issues a positive decision and electronically authrises the Swiss Embassy in Manila to issue a visa.

The Federal Office for Migration (FOM) communicates its decision to the National Contact Point in the Philippines.

The Decision is sent to the following address:

Director Jocelyn P. Rey
Landbased Center
Pre-employment Services Office
Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
Second Flr., Blas F. Ople Bldng.
Ortigas Ave., cor. EDSA , Mandaluyong City

The decision is also communicated to the employer and the trainee by the cantonal migration authority.

IV. Visa Application
After being informed about the positive decision regarding their residence and work permit, trainees must apply in person for an entry visa through the Swiss representation serving their country of residence.
• A valid passport
• I (one) visa application form type D (national visa for long-term stays of more than 3 months)
• Two (2) identical passport-sized photos, with white background; must be taken within the last six months
• Copy of passport
• Visa processing fee (please check the Embassy homepage for the current amount

Embassy of Switzerland
24th Floor, BDO Equitable Bank Tower
8751 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City 1226

Postal Address
Embassy of Switzerland
PO box 2068, MCPO
Makati City 1226

V. Documentary Requirements for Contract Processing and Exit Clearance by POEA:
• Request for processing
• Appropriate Visa
• Proof / certificate of coverage regarding mandatory insurance for OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) provided under Republic Act No. 10022. (For Agency-hired)
• Payment of fees:
- POEA processing fee PHP 200
- OWWA (welfare fund) membership fee US $ 25
- Phil Health membership fee PHP 1, 200
- Pag-ibig membership fee PHP 100
VI. Travel to Switzerland and registration with Swiss authorities
Once trainees are in possession of their visa and exit clearance they may travel to Switzerland. They must register with the residents’ registration office at their place of residence in Switzerland within 14 days after entry in to the country. This office will issue their Swiss national work and residence permit.
VII. POEA-FOM Coordination
FOM will notify POEA of its approved visa applications and will provide the Administration copies of FOM-stamped employment contract between the employer and the worker trainee.

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