On 1 January 2015, the Federal Office for Migration (FOM) became the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). This change was made to take account of the growing importance of the SEM’s work and its expanding range of tasks. The organisation and structure of the former federal office remain the same.
The State Secretariat regulates the conditions under which people can enter Switzerland in order to live and work here. It also decides who will receive protection from persecution. The State Secretariat coordinates federal, cantonal and communal efforts to help foreign residents integrate into Swiss society and deals with applications for Swiss citizenship at federal level.