A dependent child is one to which you are an adoptive or natural parent or
a designated guardian.
Such dependents are defined for EU citizens as children
under the age of 16, or under the age of 25 if in full-time education.
Status of dependency is only awarded when the application for child benefit has been accepted.
Acceptance of dependents' status for children of non-EU citizens is at the discretion of the
Cantonal authorities; generally non-EU citizens whose children are residing
outside Switzerland will only have dependents' status awarded for children up to
the age of 16.