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Will it be possible for my mother to move to Switzerland?

Good day,

I was wondering if anybody can advise me if it will be possible for my mother to move over to Switzerland to stay with me? I am married to a Swiss and received my Swiss passport 5 years ago. My mother is from South Africa and hold a South African passport. My father recently passed away and I don't want her to be stuck on her own in SA.

I was looking online but cant find a definite answer, and thought I might ask here before I approach the Government.

Thanks for any advise or pointers to websites that might help.
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Re: Will it be possible for my mother to move to Switzerland?

Maybe since you now have Swiss nationality.

You would probably have to show that your parents were already financially dependent on you before your father died to maybe have a small chance of this happening.
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Re: Will it be possible for my mother to move to Switzerland?

I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing. It's never easy losing a parent and for me it was much harder being so far away.

I think you'll want to contact SEM for information and instructions, particularly as your mother is not a Swiss or EU citizen. This site doesn't mention a right to bring parents, even for Swiss nationals, and it's usually got a lot of info:
http://www.binational.ch/en/?Residen..._reunification

Also consider what your mother's ties to CH are other than you. A few questions to ask yourself:
  • Does she speak the local language well enough to join a club and go about daily life?
  • Can she go to medical appointments on her own?
  • Are you able to prove you can support her financially without relying on social help?
  • If something were to happen to you after she uprooted her life, then what would she do/where would she go/how would she finance it?
  • If she had a stroke or other medical episode that necessitated going into a care home, could you afford it and could she manage it?

You don't have to answer me, but these are important questions to ask yourself.


When my father died, my first instinct was to try and bring my mother here. Then we talked about it. She doesn't speak a word of German. She has lived in the same house for over 40 years, and has a wonderful church community and great neighbors. Dozens of my childhood friends and even my teachers are only a few blocks away. She has a far stronger support system there than my husband and I could provide here.

I know SA is not the same as the USA. But a lot of the questions are similar no matter where our parents live.

Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.

Last edited by 3Wishes; 07.10.2020 at 18:54. Reason: forgot the "and I" bit!
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Re: Will it be possible for my mother to move to Switzerland?

Have to agree with 3Wishes, you do need to ask yourself and your mother as well what she wants to do.

We had similar to 3Wishes after my mother-in-law passed away. We considered suggesting my father-in-law move here to Switzerland to live with us but he didn't speak a Swiss language and would have been torn away from his many lifelong friends and relatives as well as the many activities he'd enjoyed for many years. In the end we decided it wouldn't be fair to try and insist he move since he was able to look after himself and had neighbours/friends to keep an eye on him if he needed something he couldn't do himself.
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Re: Will it be possible for my mother to move to Switzerland?

There is a possibility of obtaining an independent permit depending on your mother's circumstances. The conditions would be:

- above the age of 55
- sufficient financial means (existing assets so that your mother would never depend on social security payments from CH; it is calculated based on her age and the monthly costs)
- connection to CH (outside her family), e.g. regular visits, friends in CH

If she does not meet these conditions, it might get difficult as CH does not grant the so called 'upward' family reunion (parents) per se and only focuses on spouses and children.
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