The Swiss Federal Council has decided to increase certain work permit quotas for 2018.

Non-EU/EFTA Nationals

The quota for recruiting specialist non-EU/EFTA nationals in the coming year has increased from 7,500 to 8,000. The additional 500 permits will be allocated specifically to B permits bringing the total to 3,500.

There will be no change to the allocation of short term L Permits which will remain at 4,500 Permits.

EU Nationals

For 2018, 500 long-term B Permits will be granted. This is an increase of 250, compared to the 2017 quota.   3,000 short term L Permits have been granted for EU/EFTA nationals which is an additional 1,000 permits compared to the 2017 quota.