Switzerland Dependant visa

Immigrants from non-EU and EEA countries in Switzerland should apply for a family visa if they wish to bring their family members to the country. Family members include:

  • Spouse or registered partner
  • Children below 18 years
Documents required
  • Passport with a validity of at least three months beyond the date of return
  • Covering letter from applicant
  • A letter from the spouse requesting that his or her spouse be granted a residency permit
  • Certificate of marriage
  • Original birth certificates of children who are financially dependent
Application process

If applying from outside Switzerland, the third-country national must apply for family reunion in Switzerland through the Swiss embassy or consulate in their home country, or through the local cantonal immigration department if applying from within Switzerland.

FAQ
Is it possible for a spouse to work in Switzerland as a dependent?

A family visa allows spouses/registered partners and children of EU/EFTA relatives to work and study in Switzerland. However, your ability to receive social assistance is contingent on the job status of the relative you are joining. In Switzerland, there is no national social security system.

What can family members do on a dependent visa in Switzerland?

Dependent visa holders are allowed to live, work, study, and travel in Switzerland.

Only family members who register with the Cantonal Immigration and Labor Market Authorities will be eligible to work.

A Settlement Permit, also known as Permit C, will be awarded to dependents who reside in Switzerland for at least 5 years.

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