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[Non-EU] Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

Hi all,

I am from non-EU region and I just received an offer of employment at a large tech firm in Zurich and will soon be starting the work permit application. Not sure which one they would apply for B or L.

Since we are almost towards the end of the year, wanted to understand do work permits exhaust by this time of the year? What would be the chances of getting permits approved in Sep-Oct time frame?

Those of you who applied recently, any information on the quota availability? Are work permits getting approved at this time of the year or are we seeing many rejections?

Any information on the current trends would be useful to set my expectations right.
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Re: Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

Sorry I dont have inside information. But I dont think the company would go through the process unless they thought you would get a permit.
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Re: Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

You'll probably get an L if you succeed. How long is the offered contract - open ended?

Knowing how they think, they are probably prioritising L permits for as many non-EU people as possible.
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Sorry I dont have inside information. But I dont think the company would go through the process unless they thought you would get a permit.
I hope so. But my case has been a bit different. I had an offer from the same company in US but didn't get the work visa there, so the offer was moved to Zurich as there were some opportunities available here. Don't think the company has confirmed on the visa availability yet. I am working with company immigration team closely to get the official stats. However just want to check the trends on this forum.
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Re: Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

work permit processes in the US are completely different to Switzerland.
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You'll probably get an L if you succeed. How long is the offered contract - open ended?

Knowing how they think, they are probably prioritising L permits for as many non-EU people as possible.
Thanks for information. My contract is long term ( open ended ).
When you say prioritizing, does that mean B permits would have exhausted?
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Thanks for information. My contract is long term ( open ended ).
When you say prioritizing, does that mean B permits would have exhausted?
I am speculating that quotas may be low and they will always look to short-term permits first.
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Re: [Non-EU] Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

Normally they will grant you L permit which is valid for 1 year and can be extended up to two years. After completion of two years your permit will have to be converted to B which needs to be renewed every year.
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Re: [Non-EU] Planning for a fresh B/L work permit application: Is this a good time?

Coming from the non-EU can be tricky and we found out that having a open ended contract is perhaps "worse" than one with a closed date as the authorities worry you will end up naturalising
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Coming from the non-EU can be tricky and we found out that having a open ended contract is perhaps "worse" than one with a closed date as the authorities worry you will end up naturalising
I'm not understanding what you are talking about. Why the authorities think anything about naturalization at this moment? Complete irrelevant and complete BS.
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