Image1\

 

Immigration


4 October 2018

SWITZERLAND: Permit quotas for 2019 announced 

The Federal Council of Switzerland has announced new annual quotas for the year 2019, regarding short-term permits and residence permits.

The employees affected are from the following groups:

  Non-European Union/European Free Trade Agreement (non-EU/EFTA) nationals
 • Foreign nationals seconded from an employer based outside of the EU/EFTA (with a stay greater than four (4) consecutive months/120 days per year)
 • Foreign nationals seconded from an employer based in the EU/EFTA (with a stay greater than four (4) consecutive months/120 days per year).

The quotas have changed as follows:

For non-EU nationals or foreigners seconded from an employer based outside of EU/EFTA:

In the coming year a total of 8500 specialists will be authorised:

  4500 residence permits B (an increase from 3500)
 • 4000 with short-term permits L (reduced from 4500)

The 1000 additional B contingents will go into the Federal Reserve. This allows the Confederation to respond with more flexibility to the additional needs of the Cantons upon their request.

Quotas for EU/EFTA service providers or foreign nationals seconded from an employer based in the EU/EFTA remains unchanged:

  500 units for residence permits B 
 • 3000 units for short-term permits L
 • The quarterly release of these quotas will remain unchanged

It should be noted that permits for 120-days or up to max. 4 consecutive months are not under quota-limitation.

How does this affect the client?

The increase in B permit numbers in 2019 should help with over-subscription that has occurred in recent years, but be aware that quotas may still be depleted before the end of the year.

Employers should take note of these quotas for next year and plan to submit work permit applications in good time to avoid issues. You should also consider the possibility of reducing short-term assignments to four (4) months or 120 days per twelve (12) month period, as these are not subject to quota availability.

Authorities prioritise which present the most economic benefit for Switzerland (e.g. persons working in innovative sectors or those lacking resources, executives)

Utilize the trainees exchange program in-place between Switzerland and various countries (separate quotas in place for the trainee exchange program).

 

 

 

 

You are here: Home Immigration Switzerland Permit quotas for 2019 announced
FacebookTwitterLinkedin