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12 December 2014
On November 28 2014 the Federal Council announced that the total number of work permits submitted to quotas for 2015 will be reduced from 12,000 (2014) to 8,750 (2015). This is a significant reduction of 27%.
The council made use of its discretion regarding immigration and decided to reduce the amount of available quotas for non-EU and non-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) nationals and service providers from EU and EFTA countries. The council intends to encourage Swiss companies to better tap the potential local workforce.
In order to provide the Swiss economy with the requisite numberof permits in 2015, the council has decided to allocate 6,500 permits (4,000 L-permits and 2,500 B-permits) for highly qualified non-EU/EFTA nationals. In 2014, 8,500 permits (5,000 L-permits and 3,500 B-permits) were available for non-EU/EFTA nationals. The available number of permits for 2015 has been reduced by 2,000 – a substantial reduction of 24%.
For 2015 the council is reserving 2,000 L-permits quotas and 250 B-permit quotas for service providers of EU/EFTA member countries. In order to be eligible for these special permits, a worker must seek to provide services in Switzerland for more than 90 days or 120 days, respectively, in a calendar year. This is a substantial 36% reduction or a loss of 1,250 permits for 2015 compared to 2014 (3,000 L-permits and 500 B-permits in 2014).
For further information on this topic please contact Ara Samuelian or Adrian Howald at Suter Howald Attorneys at Law by telephone (+41 44 630 4811), fax (+41 44 630 4815) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). The Suter Howald Attorneys at Law website can be accessed at www.suterhowald.ch.
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Adrian F Howald