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The fide test certifies oral and written language skills in German, French and Italian. It has been specially developed for everyday life in Switzerland on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). Oral and written skills are assessed separately, and the language passport can certify the levels achieved (A1, A2 or B1) for a job search, naturalisation or a residence or settlement permit.

Language levels in legal procedures

  • Oral A1
    • Family reunification: for the issuance and renewal of a residence permit (B)
  • Oral A2 and Written A1
    • Family reunification: for the issuance of a settlement permit (C)
  • Oral A2 and Written A1
    • For the issuance of a settlement permit (C)
  • Oral B1 and Written A1
    • For the early issuance of a settlement permit (C)
  • Oral B1 and Written A2
    • For naturalisation
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