Residence permit


  • You are required to register at the Residents’ registration office (Contrôle des habitants) in the commune where you live within 14 days after your arrival in Switzerland.
  • If you are living in a temporary accommodation, you must nonetheless report to the commune where this temporary accommodation is located in order to start the process for obtaining your residence permit. Remember to inform the post office of your new permanent address as you could receive your residence permit by post.
  • This also applies to Swiss citizen coming from another canton.
  • It may take some weeks/months to get your residence permit.

Addresses and documents to bring

Please find the information on this page.

Non-european students

After your registration at the Residents’ registration office, you will receive a letter from the Population office inviting you to go to the Biometric Center in Lausanne to proceed with the registration of the biometric data and thus finalise your residence permit.

The Population office provides all the information (procedure, costs, etc… ) on this document (in French and English). Should you have any problems to get your residence permit, do not hesitate to contact them.

Useful information

More information available on this page.

All the information is given by Canton de Vaud and is available on their website.