The L permit can be granted for temporary employment, for an internship after academic studies or to follow medical treatment. A work contract going over 365 days will result in a B permit while a contract under one year will result in the delivery of a short-term L permit.
The application process follows the same rules as the B permit for non-EU citizens. The short-term L permit is also subject to yearly quotas and the years spent under a L permit do not count when applying for a C permit “anticipé” (art. 34 al. 4 LEI).
For non-EU citizens, it is the employer who must lodge the application on behalf of the applicant. A contract stipulating the length of the work to be undertaken and signed by the two parties must be joined.
The employer must also submit a letter of motivation, a description of the company and his employees work permit status and citizenship.
The employer must also justify why he is hiring this particular non-European worker on a short-term basis.
The process can take three to four months before receiving a decision from the authorities, the SEM in Bern delivers the final decision to the employer or the legal representative.
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