TN 4 (04-01)
GN 01709.015 Coverage and Contributions under the Swiss System
A. Policy — Compulsory coverage
In general, Swiss Social Security covers all residents who work in Switzerland. Nonworking residents over age 20 who have other sources of income are also covered. All covered persons (employees, self-employed persons and nonworking residents with other income) are subject to compulsory contributions with the exception of a nonworking wife of a covered worker. Employers of covered workers must also make contributions.
B. Policy -- Voluntary coverage
Swiss nationals who reside outside of Switzerland and are not covered on a compulsory basis may make voluntary Social Security contributions to build future benefit rights.