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Emigration is a dream for many people. However, from the idea to the realisation of this major undertaking, many questions arise and it isn’t always easy to know where to begin.

It is important to plan your emigration carefully and in good time and to clarify a few points in advance to avoid any nasty surprises. What rights and obligations do I have? Am I emigrating to an EU state or to a non-EU state? Where can I find the addresses of the relevant embassies and consulates? Where can I find information on looking for work abroad?

A number of sources of information can help you here:

Our legal service

We provide general information about Swiss law in relation to emigration and answer any specific questions you may have. We would also be happy to provide you with information material on the topic.

More subject-specific information about living abroad can be found here: Living abroad.

Consular Directorate (CD) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

The Consular Directorate of the FDFA is the government's central point of contact for matters relating to emigration and living abroad. Checklists, online guides and country dossiers are available here.

To have your questions answered, contact the helpline:
+41 800 247 365 / +41 58 465 33 33

FDFA Consular Directorate

Guides and information from the FDFA: