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Immigration


8 June 2017

SWITZERLAND: L permit quotas for EU/EFTA nationals exhausted 

The quotas for EU/EFTA nationals for the second quarter of 2017 are exhausted. This means that for new, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on their foreign employment contracts, new permit quotas will be available only from 1 July 2017. 

The cantonal procedures in dealing with the exhausted quota situation vary:

Zurich

The authorities will grant permit approval for one month for the time being. One can then ask for an L permit for the duration after expiration of that month and should be able to join the applications which fall under the next quarter, from 1 July 2017 onwards. 

The authorities will approve interim short-term L permits until 1 July, when new applications will be accepted. The short-term permits are valid for one month and can be extended through the end of June. New applications requesting to change the temporary permit into an L permit must be submitted at the end of June.

Basel

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1 July 2017.

Geneva

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1 July 2017.

Ticino

The authorities in Ticino will not issue any preliminary or temporary approvals. An L-Permit can be applied for only for assignments starting from 1 July 2017. 

Some permits, such as the 120 day permit and the four-month short-term permit are not affected by quota. 

How does this affect the client?

Employers assigning new EU/EFTA nationals on L permits should contact their immigration professionals to discuss their options in each canton.

 

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