In December 2014 the Ordinance on Admission, Stay and Employment that determines the level of skilled migration to Switzerland was amended to lower the quota for both B and L permits for each quarter. Nearly a year down the line and the consequences are manifesting themselves, as no more L permits will now be issued until the final quarter of 2015 unless under exceptional circumstances.
B Permit – Initial Residence Permit
These residency permits initially permit residency for one year but can be renewed from then on annually. You are also required to have proof of a contract or university place for the year you are applying for. B Permits are allocated under a strict annual quota.
L Permit– Short-Term Residence Permit
This work permit is typically granted for up to a year and limits where an applicant can live and work. In certain circumstances leave can be extended to a maximum of 2 years. L Permits are also subject to quotas. Once the B Permit cap is reached B Permit applicants are issued with L Permits instead.
L Permit Quota filled for Third quarter
As of this month, businesses and potential migrants should note that the decrease in the cap on L Permit migrants has resulted in the quota being met extremely early into the quarter. There will now be no further L Permits available until 1st October 2015. Newland Chase would recommend that employers and migrants consult before applying for a work visa to Switzerland to see whether their application could be considered “exceptional” or to look into alternative options.
Who will this affect?
Short-term migrants to Switzerland
Employers with Swiss companies, interests or subsidiaries
If you require advice on this or any immigration matter please do not hesitate to contact us.