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Swiss Residence Permit


A Residency Permit

Available to EU as well as non-EU Citizens, the Swiss Residence Permit is necessary for both who intends to stay in Switzerland for more than three months. However, EU Citizens are given the flexibility to opt for Swiss Residency on the basis of employment or unemployment whereas non-EU citizens has to grant a residence permit on the basis of retirement, investment or business purposes.

The Swiss Residence Permit is valid for five years which could be converted to Swiss permanent residence later. Moreover, the benefits for obtaining the Swiss Residence Permit can be extended to the family as it considers eligible for spouse and children also.

Highlights

CAPITAL CITY
Bern
TOTAL AREA
41,277 km2
POPULATION
8,121,830
LANGUAGES
German, French, Italian
CURRENCY
SWISS FRANC, CHF
TIME ZONE
Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00)
VISA FREE COUNTRIES
Including the Schengen area
NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Liechtenstein
Legal Basis

By the virtue of the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals, Swiss Residency is granted to Non-EU Citizens while on the basis of the Free Movement Agreement with the European Union, Residency Permit is granted to EU Citizens.

Benefits

  • Quick Process
  • Considers spouse and children
  • Non EU / EFTA valid for 1 year
  • EU valid for 5 years
  • Leads to Permanent Residency & Citizenship
  • Favorable tax system
Eligibility

For EU Residents:

  • Fast-track route as well as a privileged access to Swiss Residency

With Employment:

  • With employment agreement, the individual can become a Swiss employer or become self-employed in Switzerland
  • Sufficient Fund;

Without Employment:

  • Sound health with accident insurance.

For Retirement Purposes:

  • Applicant should be more than 55 years old
  • Applicant should have made investment in a company
  • Applicant should produce some proof of genuine link in Switzerland

For Investment Purposes:

  • Investment in a company (to be negotiated with authorities)
  • Proof of genuine link to Switzerland

For Business Purposes:

  • Relocate a business to Switzerland
  • Generate employment for locals
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