Immigration (Partner/Family) Switzerland's immigration rules for your family or partner

Family members, partners or spouses may be allowed to live with a person employed in Switzerland. Find out more about immigration to Switzerland on the basis of family reunion.

Immigrating to Switzerland with your partner or family

Family members of a person employed in Switzerland may apply for entry in the context of family reunion. If permission is granted, family members are allowed to remain in Switzerland for the same duration as the employee's work permit allows.

 

Non-EU/EFTA family members (third country nationals)

  • The legally married spouse of a B or L permit holder   and
  • unmarried children under 18 years of age

may be admitted to Switzerland for the purpose of family reunion provided:

  • that they live together in the household of the permit holder
  • the permit holder has sufficient financial means and appropriate accommodation.

They receive the same type of permit as the main permit holder.


EU/EFTA national family members

  • The legally married spouse of the holder of a B or L permit     and
  • unmarried children under 21 years of age

qualify as dependants. Consequently they have the right to stay in Switzerland for the purpose of family reunion, provided:

  • that they live together in the household of the permit holder
  • the permit holder has sufficient financial means and appropriate accommodation.

They receive the same type of permit as the main permit holder.

Unmarried partners

Unmarried and same sex partners who are EU/EFTA nationals may receive dependant residence permits provided they meet certain criteria.

Family reunion for non-EU national unmarried partners is only possible under specific circumstances.

Same sex partners who are non-EU/EFTA nationals and have a registered partnership may qualify as dependants provided they meet certain criteria.

Our article Immigration Overview - Working in Switzerland provides further information.

Getting help with immigration to Switzerland

Do you require assistance with your visa, residence or work permit?

Hello Switzerland can assist you. Please contact the Swiss Relocation Helpline on +41 58 356 17 77 or at helpline@helloswitzerland.ch

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  • 3/11/15 9:48 AM

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    My husband is in zurich with L permit visa.My dependent visa is applied on 26th Jan 2015,Still i din't get any info.Can u pls let me know how long it will take to get approved.

  • 1/5/15 11:01 PM

    hello my name is issac and am an immigrant from Nigeria and i have been informed by the swiss authourity that i will return to Holland because my case is a Dublin case but i have been dating a spanish woman since i arrived in switzerland and now she want us to get married and i would like to know if that would be possible to wed with her here in switzerland and she is working and have her permit b.

  • 11/10/14 9:36 AM

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  • 11/7/14 1:51 PM

    Hello, I am currently a L-Permit holder working in Zurich. My Residence Permit currently Valid till 28th April 2015. I am now planning to initiate my dependent visa for my wife. Is there any dependency on the expiration date of the Residence Permit for getting the approval of the dependent Visa from the Swiss Authorities. I could not find anything as such this site. But it would really great if you please advise me on this. Thanks, Arnab

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