Switzerland – quotas for L and B permits increased for 2017 but still remain tight
On 12 October 12 the Swiss Federal Council announced that it will moderately increase the number of work permits available to highly-qualified foreign nationals from non-European Union (EU) and non-European Free Trade Area (EFTA) nations for 2017.
As Pro-Link GLOBAL has reported previously, the current quota for both short-term L permits and long-term B permits has fallen far short of the demands of Swiss employers and has resulted in continual shortages over the last two years. See our Immigration Dispatch of 6 September and our Global Brief of 10 December 2015 for more details.
The 2017 work permit quotas for foreign nationals working in Switzerland has been set at:
4500 short-term L permits for non-EU/EFTA nationals
3000 long-term B permits for non-EU/EFTA nationals
2000 short-term L permits for EU/EFTA nationals
250 long-term B permits for EU/EFTA nationals