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Switzerland: Legal Frameworks and Policies

Since November 2019 the new resident permit in credit card format without a chip is issued to all nationals of the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The rollout will be done canton by canton until July 2021. The new format will also be distributed to third country nationals in possession of a border crossers permit (Category G) or working spouses and children of members of foreign representations and international organisations (Category Ci).

Depending on the status, different resident permit application procedures apply to EU/EFTA nationals,  Non-EU/EFTA nationals, refugees and students with foreign nationality.