Part 1 of this blog covers the quotas for workers from EU/EFTA and other countries as well as the safeguard clause applicable for Croatian citizens as of 1 January 2023.
As of 1 January 2023, several amendments regarding Swiss immigration law will come into effect. KPMG Law provides you with an overview of the latest decisions taken by the Swiss Federal Council.
1. Quotas 2023
The quotas for 2023 remain at same level as in 2022. Quotas will be applicable for the following groups of employees:
- Non-EU citizens both on assignment and local hires (incl. UK and Croatian citizens)
- EU/EFTA citizens on assignment
1.1. Quotas for non-EU/EFTA citizens
Swiss employers may continue to hire highly qualified employees with other than Swiss or EU/EFTA citizenship, provided the applicable strict legal requirements are met (among other criteria: Priority of Swiss/EU citizens, available quota etc.).
The Federal Council has decided to leave the quota for 2023 unchanged. i.e. for 2023, 8,500 permits are available, divided into:
- 4,500 long-term permits (type B)
- 4,000 short-term permits (type L)
The new quotas will be released on 1 January 2023.
1.2. Quotas for UK citizens
The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) between Switzerland and the UK is no longer applicable as a consequence of Brexit. Consequently, UK citizens are basically treated equally to non-EU/EFTA citizens and their admission to the Swiss labor market as assignees (for more than 90 days in a calendar year) or local hires is therefore subject to quotas.
The Federal Council has released a quota of 3,500 permits, divided into:
- 2,100 long-term permits (type B)
- 1,400 short-term permits (type L)
These quotas will be released on a quarterly basis starting 1 January 2023.