News and current developments on work and residence permits
22 May 2019
Discontinuation of quotas for Bulgaria and Romania
The Protocol extending the free movement of persons to Bulgaria and Romania entered into force on June 1, 2009 and has a maximum transitional period of ten years. In 2017, quotas for residence permits (B permit EU/EFTA) for workers from Bulgaria and Romania were again introduced and extended in 2018.
The safeguard clause for workers from Bulgaria and Romania will now expire on May 31, 2019.
Starting June 1, 2019, Bulgarian and Romanian nationals will profit from the full freedom of movement. For a permanent residence in Switzerland, they must either be in possession of a Swiss employment contract or of sufficient financial funds.
Quota situation 2nd quarter 2019
In the 2nd quarter of 2019, quotas are still available for EU/EFTA service providers (seconded workers) and for non-EU/EFTA nationals. Additional quotas apply for Croatian nationals during a transitional period until the full Free Movement of Persons will be in force in 2024. The quotas are released quarterly. The quotas for residence permits B are already exhausted for the 2nd quarter of 2019. Quotas for short-term residence permits L are still available. The new quotas will be activated at the beginning of July 2019.