The residence permit, the settlement permit, the permit for permanent residence EU and the Blue Card EU as well as the residence card and the permanent residence card are generally issued as electronic residence title (eAT) since 01.09.2011. The residence permit for Swiss nationals and their family members is issued as an electronic residence title upon application.
If there is a legitimate interest, the residence title issued in the form of a sticker in the passport can be replaced by an electronic residence title (eAT) upon application to the competent foreigners authority. The previous residence titles in passports and passport replacement documents will remain valid until 31.08.2021 at the latest.
The electronic residence permit is a plastic card in credit card format. It has a contactless chip inside the card on which personal data, biometric features (photograph and two fingerprints) and, if applicable, ancillary provisions (conditions) are stored. In addition, the chip contains the option of using an electronic proof of identity and a qualified electronic signature.
For persons with impaired vision, Braille stickers with the inscription "ad" (identity document) can be applied to the back of the eAT since September 2021 to help those affected distinguish it from other cards in check card format (see "Related Links").
Detailed information on the electronic use of the card (e.g. online ID function, signature function) can be found on the pages of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (see "Related links").