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Switzerland to Facilitate Residence & Work Permits Issuance for Skilled Workers From Third Countries

Led by the growing need for skilled workers, the Swiss government has introduced three measures that facilitate procedures for third-country nationals to become workers and residents of Switzerland, whose GDP per capita in 2021 amounted to €86,130.

According to a press release from the Federal Council, the first measure aims to simplify administrative obstacles for skilled workers to apply for Swiss work permits. Under these changes, orders in industries with severe shortages of skilled workers will not be examined in individual cases, provided the country’s need for workers increases, reports.

In addition, the other measure enables residence permit holders to switch from self-employment to self-employment. Moreover, according to the third measure introduced by the Swiss authorities, people who hold qualified positions and have a confirmed shortage of skilled workers must be able to obtain a residence permit, even if they do not have an academic education. Until now, this was only possible for people with special professional knowledge.

While some measures will take effect immediately, some will be examined, as ordered by the council. Generally, the changes will occur by the end of 2022 and will be implemented in areas where there is a confirmed shortage of skilled workers.

This consultation showed that the current system is unquestioned in its basic features. However, selective improvements are desirable in order to increase the level of certainty of the outlook for the economy in the medium term and to simplify operations. Therefore, the report proposes potential amendments that meet the interests of various stakeholders and the constitutional mandate regarding immigration management,” the council’s press release revealed, also noting that immigration must remain socially acceptable.

Previously, the Swiss government made strong statements on immigration, announcing that it would leave the Schengen Area, the passport-free zone of movement.

Last month, Swiss Federal Chancellor Karin Keeler-Sutter warned that her government could leave the region if Swiss residents vote against strengthening Frontex, the EU’s border agency, during a referendum to be held in May.

“If there is a refusal of Frontex, then obviously we will have to leave the Schengen-Dublin area. “Refusal to reinforce Frontex will already lead to the almost inevitable withdrawal of Switzerland from the agency,” said Chancellor Keeler Sutter.

The state has allocated funding to contribute to Frontex since 2009, but the European Union doubled the agency’s budget from 364 million euros in 2020 to 754 million euros in 2022.

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