SWITZERLAND – Quotas for Work Permits in 2016 Announced
The Swiss government has announced the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union/European Free Trade Agreement countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries. The quotas announced are the same as those for 2015.
Which Work Permits are affected?
The quotas are imposed on a national, rather than per-company, basis, on B permits, which are long term residence permits, valid for up to five years, and renewable. Once the B permit quotas are reached, applicants are issued with L permits instead – valid for up to 12 months and convertible into a B permit after two years.
2016 Quotas for Non-EU/EFTA Nationals
In 2016 companies in Switzerland can recruit foreign national specialists from non-EU/EFTA countries up to the following national quotas:
- 4000 L permits;
- 2500 B permits.
As in previous years, half of the quota will be allocated to the cantons, with the other half kept as a Federal Reserve.
2016 Quotas for EU/EFTA National Assignees
The quotas for assignees from EU/EFTA countries to Switzerland for more than 90 and for more than 120 days have also remained the same as for 2015:
- 2000 L permits;
- 250 B permits.
These quotas will be allocated to the cantons on a quarterly basis, as before.
- Note the quotas for 2016 and expect a continuation of the strict qualifying criteria seen in 2015;
- Plan, as always, to submit work permit applications in good time to avoid issues.