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When companies want to hire highly-specialised executives and staff, they are sometimes compelled to look outside Switzerland, and even beyond Europe; headhunting IT experts from India or CEOs from North America, for example. In such instances, they can call on the Cantonal Population and Migration Office (SPoMi) for assistance. As Thierry Ruffieux, head of the Foreign Labour Section of SPoMi, explains, “The HR departments of companies based in the canton contact us when they need to organise residence permits for some of their future employees.
We help them through the process and, depending on the state of the labour market at that time, we can even grant exemptions.” The SPoMi, which is in charge of implementing legislation governing the employment of foreign nationals, also works with the Fribourg Development Agency to help link up employers with potential foreign investors and, in more recent times, with asylum seekers looking for paid work as a pathway to integration.