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Child reunion

Foreigners who want to have their children, living in a third country, come to Switzerland must apply for family reunion from the competent cantonal authorities. The objective of reunion is to allow the coexistence of the entire family and to ensure legal protection for them.

Deadlines

For children under 12 years, the request for reunion must be made within 5 years of arrival in Switzerland. For children above 12 years, this request must be made within the year of arrival. If these deadlines are not met, child reunion is only possible in exceptional cases.  
 

Warning
As soon as there is a possibility to request for family reunion, the deadlines begin to take effect. One must thus request for it as soon as the required conditions are met (residence/ settlement permit), even if this request does not grant any legal right yet.


Thusly, during the duration of the B residence permit, citizens who are financially insured by a third country must already request for their child reunion.
You must imperatively make contact with the migrant and population services in your region.

Rules and regulations

For foreign spouses of Swiss citizens.
They can have children born from a previous relationship come to Switzerland, up until their 18th birthday, as long as primary family ties exist between them and the children.
 
The deadline for an application begins to elapse as of the arrival of the spouse in Switzerland or as soon as family ties exist.
 
When the concerned children already have a permanent residence permit in one of the EU/ EFTA states, they can follow their parents without being imposed with a deadline till their 21st birthday, if the parents can support their needs.
 
For foreigners from a third country with a C resident
A single child under 18 years can receive a residence permit if they live with their parents.
 
The deadline for the request begins to elapse upon receiving a residence permit or as soon as family ties exist.
 
For foreigners from third countries with a B residence permit
Children under 18 years can benefit from a residence permit:

  • They live with their parents
  • An adequate home exists
  • Parents are not under social aid.

The deadline for the request begins to elapse upon receiving the residence permit or as soon as family ties exist.

Warning

The request does not grant any legal right.


Children of nationals from the EU/ EFTA can follow their parents up until their 21st birthday, if the parents can support their needs and if they have an adequate home.



Warning

If they do not have a lucrative activity, they must prove that they have sufficient financial resources and health insurance for themselves and for their family.

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