The quota for L and B Permits for EU nationals for the third quarter of 2017 has now been exhausted. EU nationals, who intend to go on assignment to Switzerland, must wait until 1st October 2017 when the new set of quotas for the fourth quarter is released. 

Permit types, including the 120 day permit and the 4 month short term permit, are not affected by this quota system. Quotas for non-EU/EFTA nationals also remain unaffected.

Below is an update from key cantons regarding how the quotas are being dealt with:

Zurich  

Authorities will grant permit approvals for the remainer of the month (if the applicant has not already used 4 months in the past 12 months). From mid-September 2017, an applicant can ask for a quota-based permit for the duration after expiration of that month. Their application should then join the applications which fall under the next quarter from 1st October 2017.

Geneva 

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

Basel

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