SWITZERLAND: 2017 Quotas for EU/EFTA L and B Permits for Assignees Exhausted

The 2017 quota for short-term L permits and long-term B permits for assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled.

For new, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on their foreign employment contracts, new permit quotas will only be available from 1st January 2018.

Who is Not Affected?

Permits not subject to quotas, such as the local-hire B permit, the 120-day permit and the four-month short-term permit, are not affected. Quotas for non-EU/EFTA nationals are also not affected.

Cantonal Variations

The cantonal procedures in dealing with the situation vary:

Aargau

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1st January 2018.

Basel

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1st January 2018.

Bern

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1st January 2018.

Geneva

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1st January 2018.

Neuchatel

The authorities will grant permit approval for one or two months for the time being (if the applicant has not already used four months in the past 12 months).

Ticino

The authorities will not issue any preliminary or temporary approvals. Any quota-based permits can be applied for only for assignments starting from 1st January 2018.

Vaud

The canton of Vaud refers to the online registration model which can be used as a temporary solution until 1st January 2018 (if the applicant still has registration days left).

Zug

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1st January 2018.

Zurich

The authorities will grant permit approval for one or two months for the time being (if the applicant has not already used four months in the past 12 months).

Background

The Swiss government decided to keep the reduced amount of permit quota for EU/EFTA nationals on assignment for the year 2017.

For 2018, the Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas, as reported by Newland Chase on 3rd October 2017.

The quotas are allocated to the cantons on a quarterly basis.

Our Advice

Allow for possible delays with sending EU/EFTA nationals to Switzerland on assignment.

Contact your Newland Chase immigration specialist for any new EU/EFTA national assignments to Switzerland, as pending applications will be treated differently depending on the canton.

For advice and information on immigration to Switzerland in general, please email us at enquiries@newlandchase.com.

 

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