SWITZERLAND: Quotas for Work Permits in 2016

The Swiss government has recently announced their immigration quotas for 2016. The quota is specifically for highly qualified workers from non-European Union countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA states.

The quotas are imposed on long term residence permits (B permits). Once the B permit quotas are reached, applicants are issued with L permits instead, L permits are valid for up to 12 months and convertible into a B permit after two years.

The quotas are imposed on a national, rather than per-company, basis. This means that Swiss companies will be limited by the number of workers they can bring from a region, as opposed to having limits on the number of workers they can bring in as a company.

Quotas for the year 2016 for Non-EU/EFTA foreign national specialists are as follows:

  • 2500 B permits
  • 4000 L permits

Half of this allowance will be allocated to the Swiss states, whilst the rest will be kept as a Federal Reserve.

The quotas for assignees from EU/EFTA countries to Switzerland have also remained the same as for 2015:

  • 250 B permits
  • 2000 L permits

These quotas will be allocated to the Swiss states on a quarterly basis.

If you would like further information about applying for highly qualified worker visas for Switzerland, or for any further information regarding Swiss visas, please contact us.

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