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Switzerland has been a top country to live and work, in the last decade. The high quality of life, work opportunities, education, art, and better healthcare, helped the country transcend over others; along with their political neutrality and scenic nature appeal to many business investors and individuals looking to retire.


In 2018 alone, over 140,000 people immigrated to Switzerland.

A person wishing to go to Switzerland to stay with a partner or relative for a time exceedingly longer than three months would have to apply for a category D family reunion visa along with a temporary residence permit.


You can do this if you meet the following:

You will need to show evidence of:

Permit L Visa
The Permit L Visa allows an individual to work in Switzerland for one year and can extend up to two years. The permit is tied to that specific employer and company.


Permit B Visa
The Permit B Visa also known as the initial residence permit is issued for one year and can be renewed annually. The permit is employer and canton bound. After ten continuous years, you become eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit (Permit C).

 

Permit C Visa
After living in Switzerland for ten continuous years, you may apply for a Swiss permanent residence. The added benefit to this permit is that it allows you to work for any employer, change jobs, live anywhere in Switzerland, and allows you to become self-employed.

Switzerland doesn’t offer visas for people to come and start their own Swiss businesses. In general, only permanent residents and citizens can work in the country in a self-employed capacity.


However, the investment visa for entrepreneurs who are willing to pay annual lump-sum taxation of between CHF 150,000 and 1 million (depending on the canton) entitles you to a Swiss permanent residence permit. You must demonstrate that the business venture will create jobs and economic opportunities.


You will need to provide:

Our global mobility department provides immigration support to clients. Whether they wish to move temporarily to permanently to Switzerland, we help them shift or incubate their family or business in Switzerland with assistance from our expert attorneys and visa consultants. 

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