SWITZERLAND (May 24, 2017) – Quarterly L permit quotas for EU nationals exhausted
Quotas will not be raised on EU/EFTA L permits in 2017, adjustment of start dates and timelines may be necessary
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The quota for L permits for EU/EFTA nationals has been exhausted for the second quarter of 2017.
What does the change mean? New L permits for EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on foreign employment contracts will be available starting July 1. Each canton has its own procedures when quarterly quotas are exhausted. Extensions of L permits are not subject to quotas, and 120-day permits and four-month short-term permits are also unaffected by the exhaustion of quotas.
Background: Last October, Switzerland announced that it would not raise the quotas on EU/EFTA L permits in 2017, even though cantons and business interests had hoped for an increase. The annual quota for L permits for EU/EFTA assignees is 2,000, divided into allocations of 500 per quarter. The second quarter allocation has been exhausted. Cantons have implemented procedures in response to the quarterly exhaustion of quotas in recent years.
Contact your BAL professional for information on other cantons.
BAL Analysis: Employers assigning new EU/EFTA nationals on L permits should contact their BAL attorney to discuss their options in each canton.
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