How can a Ukrainian settle in Switzerland and where can he/she ask for help?
So, point one - staying in the country:
Switzerland has activated a special protection status, the so-called “temporary protection Status S”. It gives refugees from Ukraine the opportunity to live in Switzerland for one year.
To obtain S status, Ukrainians must apply through the RegisterMe website. It will only open if you are in Switzerland.
Holders of S status receive social assistance from the canton to which they were assigned if they are unable to earn a living.
As soon as you are assigned to a canton, you can register for compulsory health insurance with the cantonal authorities.
You can get a free medical consultation throughout Switzerland by calling +41 58 387 77 20.
With S status, you can officially work in Switzerland or open something like a Ukrainian “FOP” (but for this you need to get a work permit in the canton where you are going to work).
Searching for housing: what are the options?
- Live in centers for displaced persons.
- Stay with friends and relatives.
- Find shelter with residents.
- Rent-paid housing.