Residence permit

Good to know at your arrival…

You are required to register at the Residents’ registration office (Contrôle des habitants) in the commune where you live within 14 days after your arrival in Switzerland.

If you are living in a temporary accommodation, you must nonetheless report to the commune where this temporary accommodation is located in order to start the process for obtaining your residence permit. Remember to inform the post office of your new permanent address as you could receive your residence permit by post.

This also applies to Swiss citizen coming from another canton.

It may take some weeks/months to get your residence permit.

Non-european students: After your registration at the Residents’ registration office, you will receive a letter from the Population office inviting you to go to the Biometric Center in Lausanne to proceed with the registration of the biometric data and thus finalise your residence permit. The Population office provides all the information (procedure, costs, etc… ) on this document (in French and English). Should you have any problems to get your residence permit, do not hesitate to contact them.

Useful information regarding the residence permit
Resident’s registration office addresses and documents to bring

More information from relevent departments

All the information is given by Canton de Vaud and is available on their website.

Please contact the Population office (SPOP) should you have any questions regarding your personal situation.