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What is the change? Swiss officials now require residence permit applicants to provide a recognized language certificate to show that they meet applicable language requirements.
Background: Switzerland adopted new language requirements for residence permit applicants in 2019. These rules are generally as follows:
Throughout 2019, authorities in the Swiss cantons had the authority to decide which certificates were acceptable to establish the required level of language proficiency. This changed Jan. 1 when authorities throughout Switzerland began requiring “language passports” or other recognized language certificates.
Analysis & Comments: While language requirements themselves have not changed, applicants will be required to provide a recognized language certificate when submitting residence applications. Failure to do so may lead to unnecessary delays in the application process.
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