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Application for residency permit for citizens of Switzerland

If you move to Germany as a Swiss national then you are obliged to notify your stay to the authority for foreign nationals. Once all requirements have been met, you then receive a residence permit as proof of your right of residence.

Responsible authority

The authority for foreign nationals (Ausländerbehörde ), where your primary residence is located.
The authority for foreign nationals is the city council (Stadtverwaltung) or the regional council office (Landratsamt) depending on your place of residence.

Procedure

You have to notify your stay within three months at the relevant authority for foreign nationals. The notification has to contain the following details:

  • surname (if applicable your former surname)
  • first names
  • date and place of birth
  • addresses (in Germany and former addresses)
  • former and current nationalities
  • purpose, start and duration of stay
  • if your right of residence is derived from another person, which whom you are married or related, then you have to state this relationship.

The authority for foreign nationals checks your application to see whether the requirements for the right to freedom of movement are met. Following a positive check, you will receive a residency permit.
Since 1 September 2011, citizens of Switzerland may choose whether they wish to receive the residency title in the form of a cheque card with additional electronic functions or in the current way on a model form. Further information concerning the residency title in the form of a cheque card can be obtained from "Apply for electronic residency title".
 

Required documents

  • Identity card or passport
  • If applicable, evidence of marriage to the person from whom you have derived your right of residence or proof that you are related to them.

Costs/Benefits

  • Issuing and extension of the residency permit in the form of a cheque card: 28.80 euros
    • For persons under 24: 22.80 euros
  • Issuing and extension of the residency permit on a model form: 8 euros

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Innenministerium released it on 18.02.2015. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.

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