In November 2019, we provided an overview of the number of quotas available for EU and non-EU citizens, who wish to work and live in Switzerland. Read our previous blog on this topic here. This blog provides an update of the quotas available for 2020.
If you have been following this topic, you are probably familiar with the Swiss quota system. Understanding how the quota system works is very important, as, for some of us, access to the Swiss employment market can be rather limited.
For those of you reading our blog for the first time, if you want to work and live in Switzerland for more than four months, you must apply for a permit that is, in essence, a quota permit (except for EU 27/EEA on local employment). Depending on your nationality, there are two types of quota permits: L permits and B permits.
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Quotas for Non-EU nationals
For the calendar year 2019, the Swiss Federal Council released a number of L (4,000) and B (4,500) permits for non-EU nationals, which were divided between the Cantons and the Federal Authority. In the last statistics report published by the State Secretariat for Migration, at the end of November 2019, the Swiss Federal Reserve still had available 646 B permits and 1,339 L permits (also including the previous year's reserve). The total remaining cantonal stock at the end of November 2019 amounted to 443 B permits and 463 L permits.
On 27 November 2019, the State Secretariat for Migration published the new quotas available for 2020. The Federal Council is keeping the maximum number of quotas for 2020 at the same level as 2019. Its decision considered the economic needs and the current utilisation of the 2019 quotas and was a result of the consultation that was undertaken with the cantons and social partners.
In 2020, Switzerland-based companies will have 4,500 B permits and 4,000 L permits for non-EU national employees at their disposal. These quotas are released annually.
Quotas for EU Nationals on assignment
The number of quotas released for EU/EFTA nationals on assignment in Switzerland is also the same as 2019. EU/EFTA nationals will have 3,000 L permits and 500 B Permits at their disposal. If we take a quick look at the last statistics published at the end of November 2019, there were still...