How to Get a Police Certificate – Switzerland

If you need to give your fingerprints for a police certificate, this isn’t the same as giving your biometrics (fingerprints and photo) for an application.

Name of the document you need

Excerpt from the Swiss criminal records (Privatauszug)

Applying for permanent residence

You must provide a police certificate when you apply for permanent residence in Canada.

How to apply

You should apply online or by mail to Schweizerisches Strafregister.

Special considerations

IRCC does not require documents to be legalized (apostille).

This certificate covers both Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

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.

Contact information

Federal Office of Justice

Swiss Criminal Records Section

Service for Private Individuals
Bundesrain 20
CH-3003 Berne
Tel. +41 58 465 01 98

For more information or for an online application form, see the Federal Office of Justice website (available in English, French, German and Italian).

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