As a welcoming gesture, the city of Lucerne organizes an event for newcomers three times a year, with a city tour followed by a reception in the Kornschütte. The mayor addresses the participants, and consultants are available at a variety of information stands. All newcomers receive a personal invitation
The Cantonal Bureau for Migration (AMIGRA) invites all new residents from other countries to a welcoming interview in which their rights and obligations are explained. The discussion is intended to provide guidelines for persons who have little or no knowledge of the language, the country, and its people. AMIGRA arranges a binding integration agreement with persons who do not have a legal right to residence or knowledge of German that is focused on enabling them to learn the German language.
Brochure with information for new residents arriving from abroad:
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Another department that offers a comprehensive selection of information and advisory options is the FABIA, or Department of Counseling and Integration (Fachstelle für die Beratung und Integration). These services are aimed at foreign nationals with type B, C, L, and F residence permits as well as employees of the social-service, education, and public-health departments, technical authorities, and administrators.