Switzerland Permanent Residency; eligibility, how to apply


You have lived in Switzerland for plus ten years. Now you become eligible for Switzerland Permanent Residency. It gives you lots of advantages like a Swiss national. What else do you want? It’s a wonderful opportunity.

This article will explain who is eligible for Permanent Residency, requirements, the application process, common questions, and more.

Who is eligible for Switzerland Permanent Residency?

The first and foremost requirement for Permanent Residency is living for some time. You need to live under Residence Permits B or L. You can extend the permit B every year but Permit L once.

The non-EU residents must live for ten years under Permit C to be eligible.

The citizens of the below list have to live in the country for five years to be eligible for Permanent Residency:

  • EU
  • EEA
  • Canada
  • The US
  • Family (Spouse and children) of Swiss residents.


Switzerland Permanent Residency for non-EU residents

The non-EU residents might be eligible for Permanent Residency if:

  • You are fluent in the official language of your canton. You need to have a B1 for speaking and an A2 for writing.
  • Accustomed well to Swiss culture and lifestyle.
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Haven’t done any illegal activity or anything against the law.
  • Financial independence
  • You have established a good connection with the local people.
  • Have no debt.

Note: Remember that every Swiss canton has its own rules. They might set further eligibility principles. The above items are some of the factors that the Swiss officials consider.


How to apply for Switzerland Permanent Residency?

The application process for Permanent Residency is as follows:


1. Are you qualified?

Before you apply for Permanent Residency, determine you are eligible or not. As the article explained, you need to live in the country for at least ten years. Apart from time, there are other eligibility principles. See the section above to know them. Remember that you need to take a language test too.


2. Application

Visit the local cantonal officials. Receive the application package from them. It contains the application form and the list of requirements.

Complete the form and gather all of the requirements. Try to make everything as the instructions. Like a panther searching for a hunt, the authorities search for your smallest mistake.

When you gather everything, visit the local immigration office and submit everything. They will notify you of the further steps.

3. Processing

Wait until the cantonal officials process your permit. If they require further documents, they will tell you. It leads to a longer processing time. When it is ready, they will send you a notification to pick it up.

In case your application got rejected, you can make a complaint to the local cantonal officials. If you were not successful, you could reach the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).


What are the requirements for Switzerland Permanent Residency?

The requirements for Permanent Residency is not a fixed list. Every canton might require different items. However, a standard list is as follows:

  • Registered address in Switzerland.
  • Valid Residence Permit.
  • Proof that you fulfill the eligibility principles.
  • Language certificate.
  • Clean record certificate.


How long is the Switzerland Permanent Residency valid for?

The Switzerland Permanent Residency is valid for five years. You can extend it for another five years if you are eligible. You just need to fulfill the same principles when you applied for permit C.


Can your Switzerland Permanent Residency get revoked?

After you receive Switzerland Permanent Residency, you need to be careful. Your residency might get revoked if you:

  • Take part in criminal activity.
  • Pose a threat to the public or international security.
  • Have received public funds or benefits.
  • Have lied in your application for Permanent Residency.
  • Can not integrate into Swiss community.

If you leave Switzerland for longer than six months without informing the officials, your Residence Permit will be temporarily terminated.


Let’s sum up…

When you live in Switzerland for ten years, you will become eligible for Permanent Residency. You need to fulfill a few other requirements to apply for Permanent Residency as well.

The text explained who is eligible for Permanent Residency, requirements, the application process, and more.

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Comments (2)

  • Rollins Reply

    It’s been 6 years that I’ve been living in Switzerland. Can I apply for permanent residence by now?

    June 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm
    • Support Reply

      Hey there. Thanks for leaving a comment on our website. Unfortunately, only people who have lived in Switzerland for ten years all eligible to apply for permanent residence.

      June 13, 2021 at 3:58 pm

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