Birth

You wish to report the birth of a child.

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There are certain rules governing the granting of Swiss nationality to a child. The following qualify as Swiss at birth (SCA; CC 141.0):

  • the child of a married couple at least one of whom is Swiss.
  • the child of a Swiss woman who is not married to the child’s father.
  • a foreign child in its minority (born after 1 January 2006) whose Swiss father is not married to the foreign mother acquires Swiss nationality as if from birth once paternity has been confirmed.

Birth abroad

Registration in the Swiss civil status register (Infostar) of a birth which has occurred abroad requires submission of the documents listed on this webpage to the Swiss representation competent for the country in which the birth has taken place.

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Information/reminders from the Swiss representation concerning the birth of a child whose father is married to the mother at  the time of birth:

  • original birth certificate of the child in question
  • where applicable, a Swiss family book or certificate
  • for parents who are not registered with a Swiss representation, identity documents and place of residence.

Information/reminders from the Swiss representation concerning the birth of a child out of wedlock (i.e. whose father is not married to the mother at the time of birth):

  • if the father of the child is domiciled abroad, original certificate of acknowledgement of paternity
  • original birth certificate of the non-Swiss parent
  • original civil status document of the non-Swiss parent
  • if the non-Swiss parent is divorced, original of the final divorce decree showing date when it came into force
  • if the non-Swiss parent is widowed, original of the death certificate of the deceased spouse
  • valid identity document of the non-Swiss parent

Detailed information can be found on the French page.

Birth in Switzerland

In the case of a birth in Switzerland, parents registered with a Swiss representation abroad are under an obligation to report the birth of the child. They must submit the following document (as hard copy or in electronic form) to enable the representation to update its register of the Swiss Abroad:

  • photocopy of the birth certificate of the newborn Swiss infant or of the Swiss family certificate

There is no fee for the registration in question.

Swiss identity documents and foreign residence permit

A regular Swiss identity document can only be issued once the birth of the child has been registered in the Swiss civil status register, or rather once the child’s Swiss nationality has been confirmed. In urgent cases, please contact the competent Swiss representation.

Passport and identity card

Regarding the foreign residence permit for the child, please refer to the competent foreign authority.

Authorisation to enter and take residence in Switzerland for foreign children (family reunification)

For foreign children who are joining their parents residing in Switzerland, please refer to the information on the following webpage:

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days