Swiss Immigration update – Permit Quota Numbers for 2020 Publishes

Nov 29, 2019 | Global

Today the Swiss government has decided upon the following permit quota numbers for 2020:


Work permit quotas for assignees from EU/EFTA:

L permits: 3’000

B permits: 500


Work permit quotas for non-EU/EFTA nationals :

L permits : 4’000

B permits : 4’500


These numbers are the same as they were for 2019, thus the current level of granted quota is deemed to be an adequate response to the economy’s requirement for specialists.


In accordance with the ‘Mind the Gap’ strategy to mitigate direct and averse consequences to a possible no-deal Brexit the Swiss Council has decided on separate quotas for UK nationals who move to Switzerland based on employment:


Work permit quota for UK nationals based on employment in the event of a no-deal Brexit:

L permits: 1’400

B permits: 2’100


If the UK leaves the EU with a negotiated withdrawal agreement, the free movement agreement will continue to apply during the agreed transitional period between Switzerland and the UK.


Should you have any questions or for case specific information, you are encouraged to contact a Wolfsdorf Rosenthal immigration attorney or reach out to the WR Global Immigration team by emailing

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