December 4, 2014

Effective as of January 1, 2015, the Swiss Federal Council has announced significant reductions in work permit quotas for both EU/EFTA nationals and non-EU/EFTA nationals. Brought forth as an amendment to the Swiss Ordinance on Admission, Stay and Employment (OASA), the 2015 quotas are as follows:

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

• L Permit (Short Term) – 4,000 permits to be allotted in 2015 (current 2014 quota is 5,000 permits)

• B Permit (Long Term) – 2,500 permits to be allotted in 2015 (current 2014 quota of 3,500 permits).

Please note that half of the work permit quotas will be allocated to the specific Swiss cantons with the Swiss Federation holding the other half as a federal reserve.

EU/EFTA Nationals*

• L Permit (Short Term) – 2,000 permits to be allotted in 2015 (current 2014 quota is 3,000 permits)

• B Permit (Long Term) – 250 permits to be allotted in 2015 (current 2014 quota is 500 permits)

While half of the work permit quotas for non-EU/EFTA nationals are held by the Swiss Federation as a federal reserve, the Swiss authorities will release the total number of EU/EFTA work permits to the cantons and will not hold a federal reserve. 

* EU/EFTA nationals are required to obtain a work permit in Switzerland if they will be on assignment (i.e. remaining on home payroll) in the country for longer than 90- and 120-days respectively; EU/EFTA national local hires in Switzerland are not affected by the quota system.