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Old 07.04.2014, 16:15
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Work/residence permit quotas

Forgive me if this question is redundant. I took a quick look through and didn't see the answer.

First of all, I believe that the quota on EU immigration that was set last year is up sometime in May. My question is - is it possible to find out exactly how close they are to reaching the quotas on the various types of permits? Has there been any update as to whether or not there will be another quote set for the year after May? Obviously the vote for a general quota passed, but I haven't heard any update on when that is coming into play either.

Hopefully that question wasn't too confusing.
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Old 07.04.2014, 16:35
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Not sure if you could find out exact numbers, but so far I haven't read that the EU limit for 5-year B permits will be extended beyond 31st May. Of course still a few weeks to go and that may yet change. I'm not sure they'd be allowed to extend it as iirc they're only allowed to apply it for a year under the Free Movement Agreement with the EU.
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

From FAQ https://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm...2.html#a_faq_2

What is the number of available quota?

For EU-8 nationals the quota for residence permit (type B permit) is 545. Contingents will be released every three months on the following dates: 1 May 2013, 1 August 2013, 1 November 2013 and 1 February 2014.

For EU-17 nationals the quota for residence permit (type B permit) is 13 428. Contingents will be released every three months on the following dates: 1 June 2013, 1 September 2013, 1 December 2013 and 1 March 2014.
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Thanks Jay-M.
hmmm all of these dates have already passed.
I wonder what's to happen going forward.
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

My guess would be that tendencies will stay the same. At least until laws of the recent vote will be imposed. Probably if you change the year to 2014, dates will be the same
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Let's hope so. I arrive on May 31st with a Portuguese passport
Getting thrown out would be awfully awkward with all my suitcases!
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Well, so long as you have enough financing to support yourself while you job hunt everything should be okay. It's only the 5-year B permits that are limited anyway, if the quota's gone you'll get an L instead. Might make finding a place to rent more difficult, but if you can find a job adding the "work" bit to the residence permit shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

The good news is that my boyfriend is Swiss, so he'll be able to sort out the apartment situation. And when we first arrive, we'll be living with his cousin, who is already there and is also Swiss.
Any idea what the Swiss consider enough financing to support ones self on a monthly basis?
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

A 100 Swiss francs a day for an adult is what the FOM suggests you work to. So 3,000 a month for 3 months as a job seeker is 9,000. If you plan to stay longer and don't find a job within 3 months then you'll need more cash.

"Usually" the cantonal migration offices haven't bothered to check how much you have as you're an EU national until you apply for an L permit to extend your stay beyond the initial 3 months. BUT since the recent immigration vote some people have reported that they've started checking straight away, i.e. soon after you register at the commune/gemeinde as a new resident.
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The good news is that my boyfriend is Swiss, so he'll be able to sort out the apartment situation. And when we first arrive, we'll be living with his cousin, who is already there and is also Swiss.
Any idea what the Swiss consider enough financing to support ones self on a monthly basis?
Ooooh noooo! Is this another "coming to Switzerland with Swiss boyfriend, don't have a job lined up" situation? I've been there, getting a permit in that situation is not easy. Money to support yourself, roughly 2000chf a month.
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Great, thanks Medea, that won't be a problem at all.

Haha Island Monkey - it's not really like that at all. First of all, my boyfriend has a Swiss background, but he's Canadian first and foremost. We live here in Canada together and will be moving to Switzerland together. Secondly, I've been planning this for a year and a half and have made many contacts and have multiple job interviews set up for when I arrive. I don't doubt that I will find a job.
Finally, I've been putting money aside for a worst-case-scenario for ages so if all I need is 2000 CHF/month, I can easily not work for a year with no harm done.
Also - I have an EU passport, so provided the quotas aren't reached, there should be no reason why it's difficult to to get an L permit.
I'm also moving in with a cousin, so I don't need to worry about an apartment.

I've got it all figured out! haha
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Re: Work/residence permit quotas

Just an update, I applied for a renewal of my Residence Permit a day before the above stated date of new release of quotas (just in 2014) and this time got B permit. Previously, I had L after returning to Switzerland. So, I guess it makes sense to aim for these dates
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