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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 should help with the 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 therefore plan to submit work permit applications in good time to avoid any issues.

Employers should take into consideration that 4 months or 120 days per 12-month period are not subject to quota availability, so employers may consider reducing the lengths of postings to fit into these time frames. Trainee exchange programs between Switzerland and various countries also have separate quotas in place, which may need to be considered.

With all of this in mind, the Swiss authorities prioritise applications which are the most economically beneficial for Switzerland (e.g. persons working in innovative sectors or sectors lacking resources, executives etc.) which is important to understand with any global relocation programme.

 

 

 

 

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