Family migration Family migration must be pursued within certain time limits in order to encourage the fastest possible integration in Switzerland. Please note: The mentioned provisions apply only to the families of lecturers. The family members (wife/husband and children up to 12 years) of elected professors and assistant professors will automatically receive a permanent residence permit. Any later migration will be granted only if important family reasons are presented. The family members must live together in Switzerland. A residence permit granted in the context of family migration is initially valid for one year, with a two-year extension possible. The residents’ office deals with requests for the migration of spouses and children. Please read the information factsheets on the migration of family members from EU/EFTA and third countries. Full information for each individual case is provided by the relevant case officer at the residents’ office.