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SWITZERLAND: Upcoming Job Advertising Requirement for Occupations with High Unemployment

January 25, 2018

From 1st July 2018, employers wishing to hire foreign nationals in Switzerland, for jobs which have a high unemployment rate, will be required to test the Swiss labour market by advertising the position online for five days, through the Public Employment Service (PES). Initially, the requirement will only be applied for occupations with an unemployment […]

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

December 1, 2017

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. […]

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES / SWITZERLAND: Short-Stay Visa Waiver Agreement Signed

November 4, 2017

On 31st October 2017, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement (a “Memorandum of Understanding”) on the short-stay visa waiver for holders of ordinary passports. As nationals of each country could already travel visa-free to the other, there are likely to be few if any noticeable changes as a result of the […]

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SWITZERLAND: Increase in Work Permit Quotas for 2018

October 3, 2017

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase the work permit quotas for 2018. Which work permits are affected? The quotas are imposed on a national, rather than per-company, basis, on long-term B permits and short-term L permits. B permits are valid for up to five years and are renewable. Once the B permit quotas […]

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SWITZERLAND: Quotas for EU/EFTA L and B Permits Exhausted for Third Quarter of 2017

September 1, 2017

The quota for L and B permits for the third quarter of 2017, for short-term assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled. Who is Affected? New, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on foreign employment contracts will not be issued L or B […]

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SWITZERLAND: Quotas for EU/EFTA L Permits Exhausted for Second Quarter of 2017

May 25, 2017

The quota for L permits for the second quarter of 2017, for short-term assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled. Who is Affected? New, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on foreign employment contracts will not be issued L permits until 1st July […]

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SWITZERLAND: New “Safeguard Clause” for Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals

May 11, 2017

From 1st June 2017, nationals of Bulgaria and Romania (EU-2) will be subject to a new annual quota of 996 long-term B permits, released quarterly. The Swiss Federal Council announced on 10th May 2017 that it would impose the quota, invoking the “safeguard clause” provided for in its bilateral treaty with the EU. Background From […]

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SWITZERLAND: Free Movement Agreement Extended to Croatians

January 20, 2017

On 16th December 2016, The Swiss Government extended the free movement of people agreement to Croatia following parliament's approval of a law on European Union immigration and jobs; this came into effect on 1st January 2017. The announcement follows the…

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SWITZERLAND: No EU Quotas in Immigration to keep Single Market Access

December 22, 2016

After three years discussing its relationship with the European Union, Switzerland has officially rejected imposing quotas on EU workers. Switzerland is not an EU country but enjoys access to the free market. On 16th December 2016, a new immigration Law…

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SWITZERLAND: 2017 Quotas Increased for L and B Permits

October 27, 2016

Following the continuous shortages experienced over the previous two years, the Swiss Federal Council has announced that it will increase the 2017 quota of work permits available to highly-skilled foreign workers from outside the European Union (EU) and European Free…

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