Relocation to Switzerland
Foreigners entering Switzerland with
the intent to pursue gainful activity, need a work and residence permit. Switzerland does not use the term “work
permit” in its traditional sense. The Residence Permit is a combination of both residence and work permits,
entitling the holder to live in a particular Canton and work for a specified employer.
from foreign countries who invest in Switzerland and wish to manage their business personally, normally are granted such a permit.
Swiss immigration law divides all applicants petitioning for residency status into two categories: citizens of EU
and EFTA (European Free Trade Association) countries, and citizens of countries that are not members of the EU or EFTA.
Citizens of EU and EFTA countries have preferred rights toward obtaining residency status. In the case of a citizen
from a non- EU or EFTA country, the application must be accompanied by a substantiation of the need to hire the
employee and evidence that the position in question cannot be filled by a Swiss citizen or a citizen of an EU or
Residence permit application
For those considering moving to Switzerland, it is advantageous to bundle the various requests and to discuss them in advance,
in the interest of "bundled solution". We can assist you in elaboration and realization of such
- to register your own company in one of
the low-tax Swiss cantons,
- to prepare a set of documents, necessary
for a permit to be granted,
- to submit to the cantonal authorities an
application for residence permit for
and your family, in conjunction with your
In order to obtain a permit for you, we will need to demonstrate the economic benefit you bring to the canton. It
will suffice if, in particular, your business project or your activities:
- stimulate scientific, industrial, or trade development in the region
- involve the introduction of new technologies
- create new jobs or help retain existing jobs via new orders for local
We are in constant contact with the administrative services concerned, and can ensure optimal processing of residence
permit applications at the cantonal and federal levels. If we feel that your case has a good chance of being
accepted, we will submit the application on receipt of your documents. Normally, permits take
around 5 months to process.
With a low crime rate in Switzerland and its long-standing social peace and political stability, we take
pride in assuring security and safety for you and your family. You will also enjoy an extensive and
efficient network of public transportation and a world-class healthcare system.
Your family deserves special attention and we take extra care to provide it. In addition to application
for work and residence permits, we offer high quality relocation services to our clients and their families:
- home search (rent or purchase),
- up-to-date country information,
- family integration, special needs,
- finding suitable schools for your children,
- organizing insurance issues, social security, etc.
This makes your transition time shorter, avoids costly & stressful pitfalls and enables you get to work
We are here to help you enjoy living in Switzerland and getting the most from our experience and cost-effective
tailor-made relocation services.
|How to become a Swiss resident
|Work & residence permits
Permit B: annual
A one-year residence permit for
gainful employment, with minor
restrictions. As a rule, residence
permits for family members are
Annual renewal is a
simple formality, unless there
are reasons against a
such as criminal offences or
dependence on social security.
Permit C: settlement
A permanent residence permit,
granted after 10 years of work
(or 5 years for citizens
EU/EFTA member countries)
and continuous residence in
Switzerland on a B Permit.
has almost no restrictions and
allows you to buy real estate,
moving from one
another, become self-employed.