The biometric foreigner's ID card is a credit card-sized ID card. Two digital fingerprints and the facial image are stored on a non-visible chip in the ID card.

The following persons will receive a biometric alien's identity card if their old identity card has to be renewed due to expiry or data changes:

  • Third-country nationals,
  • Third-country family members of Swiss citizens,
  • Third-country family members of EU/EFTA nationals,
  • Nationals of states that are member states of the EU but not party to the FMPA (Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons).

A biometric ID card is issued for the following categories of foreigners:

  • Short stay permit (L)
  • Residence permit (B)
  • Settlement Permit (C)

For information on the biometric foreigner's identity card from the State Secretariat for Migration, please contact here.

Information on additional travel documents for foreign persons can be found at here.

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