Swiss residency for Businessmen and Professionals
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If you work for yourself and are a EU citizen, you can probably become a Swiss resident as "self-employed". This program is offered since june 2002 and is a major improvement from the very restrictive system of the past.

Typical client profiles
This is a very flexible program open to many professions:

  • Businessmen active in a variety of industries, finance, import export, manufacturing, etc...
  • Professionals
  • Consultants in IT, management, finance, engineering, etc...
  • Freelance writers, journalists, photographs, translators, ...
  • Shopkeepers, craftsmen, restaurant owners, etc...
  • Commercial agents

The "independent" program for Swiss residency covers almost every activity where you do not work for a regular salary. To be granted residency under this program, you need to prove that you will have an economic activity that will generate enough income not to be in deed for Swiss social assistance. The exact minimum depends on your circumstances, but for a family you should not have less than yearly income of CHF 50,000.- (convert to Euros or Sterling). Being a resident means that you will actually live in Switzerland most of the year, altough there is much flexibility if you need to travel a lot.

After a 6 months test period you will obtain a B permit valid for 5 years . This will give you the right to live Switzerland with your family (wife, children and even your parents), buy Swiss real estate with no restrictions, move to any canton, change activity, and offer your services all over the world. You will also benefit from:

  • A friendly tax system where taxpayers are seen as clients
  • No requirements to invest, hire, incorporate or even have a separate office
  • A business friendly goverment with an efficient administrative system with low red tape. Switzerland has a simple and efficient administration, especially when compared to that of most EU countries.
  • A prime location right in the center of Europe. In an hour you can be in France, Germany, Italy or the UK.
  • Probably the highest quality of life in the world
  • A great country to raise healthy, multilingual children
  • Good labor relations and ready access to skilled workforce
  • Benefit from the image of seriousness and reliability of Switzerland

Our services
Our company offers a one-stop service for moving to Switzerland under the "independent" program. Our service covers all applications for residency, insurances, VAT registration, Swiss taxes as well as practical needs such as housing, schools and much more.

  • Application for residence permits to the municipal, cantonal and federal authorities
  • We handle all Swiss taxes on your behalf
  • Swiss VAT registration if necessary
  • Commercial Register inscription
  • Help to locate commercial premises if needed
  • Help to find employees if needed
  • Assistance to set up a Swiss accounting system
  • Help with selecting the canton that best matches your requirements including comparison of Swiss taxes across several cities and cantons.
  • Home search (buying and renting, both houses and appartments)
  • Assistance in importing your personal items, works of art, cars, pets or wine cellar
  • Swiss insurances (medical, house, car, etc...)
  • Relocation assistance for electricity, telephone, Internet access, a satellite dish, etc...

About us
The Micheloud family has been helping their clients move to Switzerland for over 35 years. We have a great experience in this line of business and offer a reliable, professional service. We work on the basis of reasonable fixed fees payable according to the progress made. You will know exactly how much our services are going to cost you before we start the process.More about us ...

Don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation by calling us ++41 21 331 48 48

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