How to Get a Police Certificate – Switzerland

Do I need to provide a Police Certificate with my Application for Permanent Residence? Yes

Name of document(s) to get: Extract from Central Police Records/Gesuch um Auszug aus dem Zentralstrafregister

How to get a Police Certificate

If you are a citizen of Switzerland:

If you live in Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you are not a citizen of Switzerland:

If you live in Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

If you live outside of Switzerland:

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister (see Special notes and considerations for complete address).

Information and documents you need:

  • Completed application form
  • Original or a copy of an official piece of identification
  • Applicable fees (payable to the Compte de chèques postaux 30-4068-2 at the Bureau Central Suisse de Police in Berne or by credit card if online)

Special notes and considerations

Do I need to provide a police certificate for Express Entry?

Yes. If you are Invited to Apply (ITA) for Permanent Residence, you need to upload a police certificate in your Electronic Application for Permanent Residence (e-APR). Please follow the instructions above to get your police certificate.

We will not accept police certificates sent by mail for Express Entry applications.

Do I need a police certificate for International Experience Canada (IEC)?

If you are a citizen of Switzerland, you do not need to provide a police certificate from this country with your application. However, an IRCC officer may request one at a later date.

You must provide police certificates for all other countries or territories where you have lived for a total of six months or more since your 18th birthday.

This certificate covers both Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Federal Department of Justice
Bundesrain 20
3003 Berne
Scweiz/Suisse/Svizzera
Tel. +41 31 325 01 98

For more information or for an online application form, consult the Federal Department of Justice web site.


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