The Swiss government has decided the quotas for highly qualified workers from non-European Union (EU)/European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, as well as for assignees from EU/EFTA countries.
The quotas for non EU/EFTA nationals have been increased by 500 per category compared to the previous two years, whereas those for assignees from EU/EFTA countries remain at the same level.
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.
2017 Quotas for Non-EU/EFTA Nationals
In 2017 companies in Switzerland can recruit foreign national specialists from non-EU/EFTA countries up to the following national quotas:
2017 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 remained the same as for 2015 and 2016: