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Investor Visa for Switzerland

Investor Visa for Switzerland

Updated on Thursday 08th December 2016

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Investor-Visa-for-Switzerland.jpgSwitzerland is one of the friendliest countries when referring to foreigners. Foreign investors can enter the local market by obtaining an investor visa, a document which is created to allow an easier access of foreign businessmen on the Swiss market, by providing them the right to reside in this country. Our law firm in Switzerland can offer legal assistance to the businessmen who want to receive an investor visa here. 


Programmes for obtaining the Swiss investor visa 

Foreign investors can obtain a visa for Switzerland through the several programmes which are available for them. It is important to know that the local legislation distinguishes between investors – national citizens of a member state of the European Union (EU) and those who reside outside the community. Our Swiss law firm can offer more details related to the nationality regulations. 
Non-EU businessmen can obtain an investor visa through two main methods: 
Swiss Lump Sum Taxation, applicable for retirees. 
It is important to know that the non-EU investors with an age above 55 years old can also apply for an investor visa if they plan to invest in a Swiss company


Eligibility criteria in Switzerland  

In order to obtain a Swiss investor visa, the businessmen will have to be eligible for one of the following criteria: 
businessmen who are not currently active on the local market;
actors, musicians, sportsmen;
persons who own sufficient assets and who do not need to be employed.
Other conditions for obtaining the visa refer to the value of the investment. Thus, investors are eligible if the invest at least CHF 500,000 in a company in Switzerland (small or medium sized company). In order to obtain the visa here, it is also necessary for the respective investment to produce positive economic benefits for the canton in which it operates, such as job creation
Through this visa, it is also expected that the investor will live in Switzerland for most of the time. Also, it is important to demonstrate that the investor has some connections with the country. 
Businessmen who need more details on the Swiss investor visa are invited to contact our attorneys in Switzerland


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