Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

International mobility has increased in the past years and will remain particularly important in the future. © FDFA, Presence Switzerland
There are many different reasons for temporary or permanent residence abroad ranging from being employed or retiring abroad. If you wish to emigrate from Switzerland, you have to follow many legal regulations and overcome a number of administrative hurdles.
You can find extensive information in the following rubrics to help you devise and carry out your plans.
Emigration checklist
Emigrating: before and after What you need to do and when.
Working abroad
How to find a job, submit an application, to recognize your diplomas and other useful information
Retirement abroad
What you should know about retirement abroad and how you can prepare for it
Information about countries
The FDFA offers detailed dossiers on the topic “living and working abroad” for the major destinations. These files are availabe in German, French and Italian.
Information about countries
Spotlight on the Swiss community abroad
The Swiss community abroad and the Confederation
Issue no. 62 and e-dossier no. 63 of Politorbis contain background information and a wealth of interesting facts about Swiss emigrants

Publications (7)
Object 1 – 7 of 7
Travel abroad / Emigration: Topics from A to Z

ABC thématique «Séjour à l’étranger / Emigration»
(PDF, Number of pages 15, 645.3 kB, French)
Other languages
Die konsularischen Dienstleistungen des EDA: Jahresausgabe 2018
Die Welt der konsularischen Dienstleistungen in Zahlen (2018). Die jährlich aktualisierte Broschüre zeigt auf, welche Dienstleistungen das EDA in der Schweiz als auch im Aussennetz für die Schweizerbürgerinnen und Schweizerbürger erbringt.

Die konsularischen Dienstleistungen des EDA: Jahresausgabe 2018
(PDF, 3.6 MB, German)
Guidebook “Contracts for employment abroad”

Ratgeber «Arbeitsverträge für Auslandtätigkeiten»
(PDF, Number of pages 13, 404.7 kB, German)
Other languages
Guidebook “Emigration”

Ratgeber «Auswanderung»
(PDF, Number of pages 25, 373.8 kB, German)
Other languages
Guidebook “Employment and job-seeking abroad”

Ratgeber «Arbeiten und Stellensuche im Ausland»
(PDF, Number of pages 12, 215.1 kB)
Other languages
Glossary “Emigration Switzerland”

Glossar «Auswanderung Schweiz»
(PDF, Number of pages 7, 345.1 kB, German)
Other languages
Guidebook “What to do now?”

Auswandern: Was nun - was tun?
(PDF, Number of pages 5, 292.7 kB, German)
Other languages
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Last update 24.09.2019
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