The Federal Council has announced and reconfirmed that the total number of work permits submitted to quotas for 2018 will be increased from 9,750 (in 2017) to 11,500 (in 2018). The decision follows political debate and aims to allow Switzerland to hire enough qualified workers and specialists from both the EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) market and the non-EU and non-EFTA market.
In order to provide the Swiss economy with the requisite amount of permits in 2018, the Federal Council decided to allocate 8,000 permits (4,500 L-permits and 3,500 B-permits) for highly qualified nationals. In 2017 7,500 permits (4,500 L-permits and 3,000 B-permits) were available for non-EU and non-EFTA nationals. Hence, the available number of permits for 2018 for non-EU and non-EFTA nationals has increased by 500 permits.
Service providers from EU/EFTA states
For 2018 the Federal Council is reserving 3,000 L-permits and 500 B-permits for service providers of EU/EFTA member countries. These quotas have increased by 1,250 permits. As the quotas were quickly and regularly exhausted, and considering Switzerland's economic interests, the Federal Council is in favour of...