• Government Staffing Issues Cause Significant Work Permit Application Processing Delays
  • October 3, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Government staffing shortages and a high volume of summer filings have caused a dramatic increase in average processing times for immigration-related applications in many Swiss cantons. Many government offices have also stopped providing application status updates by telephone.

    In Bern and Geneva, the average processing time for EU national intracompany transferees is now six to eight weeks, up from less than six weeks previously. Non-EU national intracompany transferees can expect processing times of eight to ten weeks, up from six to eight weeks in the past. Applications in Vaud are seeing similar delays.

    In Bern, local labor market authorities are not issuing pre-approval letters until after applications have been approved in most cases. Individuals will not receive status updates on applications until full approval is granted. Local authorities in Geneva, Vaud and Zurich are still issuing pre-approval notices, but in Geneva, they will no longer provide case status updates by phone.

    In Geneva, once applications are approved, cantonal authorities are taking several weeks to produce physical permits. There are particularly long delays in the production of border permits for those who work in Switzerland but live in neighboring countries (G permits).