Immigration without a visa

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If you are a national of an EU or EFTA country, you do not need to do anything special before entering Switzerland. However, you are obliged to register with the Citizen’s Registry Office ("Einwohnerkontrolle") at your new place of residence within 14 days of your arrival in Switzerland and to apply for a residence permit.

Although nationals of Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore do not require a visa to enter Switzerland, in order to obtain a residence permit they must submit the same documents as those students who do require a visa. The difference is that the former do not have to wait in their home country for a decision regarding the visa to be taken; they are free to enter Switzerland.

Please note: The information on this page is meant for information purposes only. No responsibility is taken for the correctness of this information. The rules and regulations may have changed in the meantime. For legally binding information please contact the website of the Swiss Federal Office for Migration or ask at the Swiss diplomatic mission (embassy or consulate general) at your place of residence.

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