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
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.