The Swiss Federal Council has decided that the total number of work permits will be reduced from 12,000 to 8,750 in 2015. This 27% decrease is likely meant to encourage Swiss companies to utilize the local Swiss workforce rather than seeking out non-EU and non-European Free Trade Association (EFTA) workers. The new quota will allow for 4,000 L-permits and 2,500 B-permits for highly qualified non-EU/EFTA nationals. Additionally, 2,000 L-permits and 250 B-permits will be granted to service providers of EU/EFTA member countries. Eligible service provider applicants must seek to provide services in Switzerland for more than 90 days or 120 days in a single calendar year. Companies should be aware of the new quotas and plan accordingly.

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