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Switzerland sets forth new article of Federal Constitution on immigration


Switzerland‘s Federal Council officially agreed to the plan for executing the new article of the Federal Constitution associated to immigration.

The plan summarizes how the Federal Council will place the limits and quotas for managing immigration to Switzerland beginning February 2017. Quotas will be applicable for permits valid for four months or even greater.

Federal Constitution’s new article will not be limited to review of immigration regulations but also recognizes other challenges pertaining to domestic and foreign policy.

Federal council considers various factors pertaining to job market and economy when it sets the measuring limits and quotas. The task to implement the new constitutional article will be shared by cantons and Confederation. Besides, the decision of Federal council will depend on the numbers that the cantons state.

Residence permits as well as short stay permits that are valid for a period of four to 12 months will be imposed with quotas. Precedence given to the people already living in Switzerland will be considered while issuing any kind of work permit liable to a quota. Cross border travelers will also be liable to a quota.

Members of EU and EFTA will be subject to fewer restrictions when compared to persons of third countries. Even, if they lack certain special qualifications they will be allowed.

The Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) will prepare the draft act for discussion depending on major aspects of the concept, which is expected to be ready by end of 2014. FDJP will work closely with Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER) and Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in accomplishing this task.