• Prospect 2017 - Brexit and Quotas

Prospect 2017 - Brexit and Quotas

16 December 2016

Particularly Brexit as well as the quotas for well-qualified specialists were consistently subject to many controversial discussions during the current year. We would like to provide you with a short update.


Quotas 2017

As well in 2017 it will be possible to pursue gainful employment for highly qualified and specialized persons of non-EU/EFTA countries. The Federal Council of Switzerland has recently recommended a modest increase of the existing quota for non-EU/EFTA nationals.


In the coming year it will be possible to recruit around 7500 highly qualified specialists of non-EU/EFTA countries. This is in all 1000 additional quotas that will be allocated to the Federal Reserve. The quotas for service providers coming from an EU/EFTA country will continue to maintain as in 2016.


In detail this means for the coming year:


Short-term residence permits L

  • EU/EFTA nationals: 2000 quotas
  • Non-EU/EFTA nationals: 4500 quotas (+500 compared to 2016)


Residence permits B

  • EU/EFTA nationals: 250 quotas
  • Non-EU/EFTA nationals: 3000 quotas (+500 compared to 2016)



On 23 June 2016 the voters of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU).

What happens now

  • UK will officially communicate the resignation to the EU by the end of March 2017.
  • The EU and the UK will then start negotiations on a withdrawal agreement, which may last for approx. two years.
  • Until these negotiations are concluded, there will be no change to the current situation. Meaning, the current contract will remain valid until the exit agreement comes into effect.
  • The Federal Council is at present in contact with the British government to discuss the next steps.