The second “Home Office Day” is under way in Switzerland, with hundreds of office workers planning to stay home, organizers have said. 

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Swiss celebrate “Home Office Day”

The second “Home Office Day” is under way in Switzerland, with hundreds of office workers planning to stay home, organizers have said. 

The initiative aims at contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions in the country, besides gifting stressed-out workers a day at home.

The first edition of the home-working day was celebrated on May 18, 2010, with thousands of employees throughout Switzerland participating, said a statement on the Day’s official web page.

The initiative is sponsored by industry giants such as Microsoft, Swisscom and SBB.

The site offers tips on how to make it a successful working day, including advice on the set up of virtual meetings, as well as reminders to take lunch breaks and not to work in your pyjamas.

Organizers said that one Home Office Day provides a reduction of 1,240 tonnes of CO2 per year.

“This is reason enough to revive the Home Office Day in 2011 – as a stimulus to encourage a break with conventional wisdom and prove that quality of life, productivity and climate protection are not antagonistic terms,” the statement said.

 

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Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Switzerland has made reciprocal agreements regarding working holiday visas with several countries. Here's what you need to know.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Over the past few decades, countries around the globe have rolled out ‘working holiday visa’ agreements.

These visa schemes, largely targeted at young people, allow people to work and live in a particular country, usually for a set period of time and pursuant to certain conditions.

In recent years, Switzerland has expanded its own form of a ‘working holiday visa’, although there are some important differences to be aware of.

Unlike some of the better known schemes like those in place in Australia, applicants are discouraged from moving around and are generally required to stay with the one employer for the duration.

The goal of the visa scheme is to allow applicants to “expand their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland”.

The visa scheme runs for 18 months and cannot be extended.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

The agreements are made between countries, meaning your fate will depend on whether your government has at some point struck a deal with Switzerland.

EXPLAINED: What’s the difference between permanent residence and Swiss citizenship?

If you are from the European Union or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), then you will be able to live and work in Switzerland as is – and will not need to go through this process.

If you come from outside the EU, you will only be able to apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United States.

What does ‘reciprocal’ mean in this context? 

Where these agreements have been struck, they have entitled citizens of both countries to certain rights and permissions in the other country. 

However, while these arrangements might be reciprocal, they are not identical. 

For instance, while citizens of Australia can enter Switzerland and work, the rules for Swiss citizens in Australia are significantly different. 

Therefore, if considering each program, be sure to study all of the relevant details as these will change from country to country and from agreement to agreement. 

More information is available at the following link. 

EXPLAINED: How to get a working holiday visa in Switzerland

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