The Swiss Mission, also called the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN and to the other international organisations (The WTO and the European Free Trade Association), manages the status of international organisations and performs diplomatic tasks.
Switzerland is represented by two permanent Missions:
The Swiss Mission performs multilateral diplomacy, thus defending Switzerland's interests and has an important role in the areas of disarmament, humanitarian issues and human rights. It also represents international organisations' employees and their families including domestic staff. Therefore, the Mission is responsible for delivering legitimation cards of the FDFA (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs).
The members of international organisations based in Switzerland receive a legitimation card via the Swiss Mission. This entitles the holder to live in and to come to Switzerland (without visa). Financially, this card usually allows its owner to obtain a credit in Switzerland on the same terms as holders of a C permit.
In the case of a legitimation card expiry date, banks can ask any clients making a credit request either to show a certificate (stating that the card is being renewed) or to wait for the card's renewal. The employer must proceed to make the request (usually the NGO or embassy), but the certificate will be delivered by the Swiss Mission.
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