Michaela Merz

Switzerland – No more work permit quotas available for assignees from EU/EFTA member states

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Kappelbrücke_04.jpgLucerne, SwitzerlandCorinne Kramer - PwC staffBridge in Lucerne (Kappellbrücke) - PwCThe discussion about immigration in Switzerland shows its first effects. Until 1 April 2015 no more working permit quotas are available for assignees from EU/EFTA countries for the first quarter 2015. As a consequence it will not be possible to obtain new work permits until 1 April 2015  for periods of more than four months/120 days for any EU nationals assigned to Switzerland as part of an intra-company assignment or to work on a project at a Swiss client’s site. This also imposes effects on the extension of existing L permits that expire between now and the 1st April 2015. The possibility to expire these differs from canton to canton. However, permits for EU/EFTA citizens working on a local Swiss contract and subject to Swiss social security are not affected, as they are not subject to quota.

Please follow this link to see our suggestions on how to deal with the current situation.

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