Emigrating

Travellers with their luggage at Zurich airport
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

Prepare to emigrate step by step

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

Publications and statistics

Swissemigration issues various publications (guides and country dossiers) and statistics on various topics:

Guide – Emigration

This guide is intended for Swiss citizens who leave Switzerland permanently to settle and work abroad. The content and the statements are based on official and legal dispositions which are valid for Swiss nationals.

Guidebook “Emigration”

Glossary “Swiss Emigration” 

Information about countries

Publication “Living and Working abroad”

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