EU/EFTA nationals now carry permit cards in paper format while non-EU/EFTA nationals have a biometric permit card in credit-card format. Now all foreign nationals are to receive a permit card in credit-card format. The introduction of the non-biometric permit card in credit-card format for EU/EFTA nationals began on November 1, 2019 and is expected to be completed by June 30, 2021.
The current permit card in paper format is to be replaced by a modern, forgery-proof, non-biometric permit card in credit-card format.
As of November 1, 2019, the permit cards in paper format of EU/EFTA nationals with a short-term residence permit (L permit), a long-term residence permit (B permit) or a permanent residence permit (C permit) will be continuously replaced by permit cards in credit-card format. Additionally, cross-border commuters, regardless of their nationality (G permit), family members of the diplomatic corps who are gainfully employed in Switzerland (Ci permit), asylum seekers during the asylum procedures (N permit) and provisionally admitted persons (F permit) will also receive a permit card in credit-card format.
The new permit card contains an integrated photograph and the signature of the foreign national. Unlike the permit cards issued to third-country nationals, the new permit card will not feature a chip containing the biometric data of the foreign national.
The production of the new permit cards will be based on the proven process in the cantons. The gradual introduction of the new permit cards in credit-card format will take place when the permit card is issued or renewed. From July 1, 2021, only permit cards in credit-card format will be issued. These long deadlines will enable the cantons to organize themselves accordingly.