For any national of the EU / EFTA wishing to carry on an activity under a self-employed status (B or G permit).
These applications fall under the exclusive competence of the OCPM.
The EU-27 / EFTA national who wishes to obtain a residence permit (B permit) or cross-border permit (G permit) for a self-employed activity must lodge an application with the service des Etrangers at the OCPM.
The self-employed person is responsible for their affiliation to Social Security (in particular AVS [State pension scheme], accident insurance). Non-affiliation may constitute a case of moonlighting and be the subject of a sanction.
Until 31 December 2018 in accordance with Protocol III, Croatian nationals entering Switzerland for the purpose of gainful independent employment shall obtain an initial EU / EFTA residence permit for a period of six months (installation period), which authorizes them to engage in self-employment. They remain subject to quotas.At the end of this six-month installation period, the self-employed person must provide proof of a lasting and effective independent activity. If appropriate, he is issued an authorization valid for five years.
One should distinguish the concept of the provision of cross-border services from that of a self-employed activity. The provision of cross-border services is the temporary exercise of an economic activity without establishment in the State where the activity is carried on.