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SWITZERLAND – Quotas for EU/EFTA L and B Permits Exhausted for Third Quarter of 2017

The quota for L and B permits for the third quarter of 2017, for assignees from European Union (EU) / European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA) countries, has been filled.

Who is Affected?

New, incoming EU/EFTA nationals who are assigned to Switzerland but remain on foreign employment contracts will not be issued L or B permits until 1 October 2017.

Who is Not Affected?

The quota for permits not subject to quotas, such as the 120-day permit and the 4-month short-term permit, are not affected. Quotas for non-EU/EFTA nationals are also not affected.

Cantonal Variations

The cantonal procedures in dealing with the situation vary:


The authorities will grant permit approval for one month for the time being (if the applicant has not already used four months in the past 12 months). From mid-September, applicants can request a quota-based permit for the duration after expiration of that month, and should be able to join the applications which fall under the next quarter, from 1 October 2017 onwards.

Basel and Geneva

The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1 October 2017.


The canton of Bern has a delay in processing at the moment, and is not likely to be able to process pending applications for quota-based permits earlier than 1 October 2017 in any case.


The authorities will establish a preliminary decision which will allow assignees to start work. The quota will be issued on 1 October 2017.


The canton of Vaud refers applicants to online registration, which can be used as a temporary solution until 1 October 2017 (if the applicant still has registration days left).


The authorities in Ticino will not issue any preliminary or temporary approvals. Any quota-based permits can be applied for only for assignments starting from 1 October 2017.

All other cantons

Still under investigation.


The Swiss government decided to keep the reduced amount of permit quota for EU/EFTA nationals on assignment for the year 2017 (see our alert of 13 October 2016). The quotas are allocated to the cantons on a quarterly basis.

Action Items

  • Allow for possible delays with sending EU/EFTA nationals to Switzerland.
  • Contact your immigration supplier for any new EU/EFTA national assignments to Switzerland, as pending applications will be treated differently depending on the canton.

This alert was prepared using information provided by Sgier und Partner.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.