What you need to know for relocation to Switzerland
Before relocating to Switzerland it is worth doing some research. Switzerland has become a popular choice among expats. Switzerland offers many opportunities and a high standard of living.
Geographically, Switzerland has three areas: the Alps, the Central Plateau (the “middle land”), and the Jura.
If you are considering relocating to Switzerland, you should be aware that these different regions could be subject to very different weather conditions. Switzerland has four official languages – French, German, Italian and Romansch. Most expats relocating to Switzerland will be familiar with at least one of these languages.
All foreigners need the appropriate visa for Switzerland, irrespective of whether they want to stay for a holiday, or settle more permanently. Anyone thinking of moving there should be aware that different rules apply to European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) citizens, and those from elsewhere.
Citizens from the EU, the EFTA, and countries on the Swiss government’s designated list are allowed visa-free entry and can stay for 90 days, provided their passport is valid for at least six months.
Anyone wishing to work or live in the country for more than three months need to apply for a Swiss residence permit – there is no separate work permit. This applies to all foreign nationals, but it’s easier for EU/EFTA citizens to be granted one.
These are the most common permits:
Permit B (Initial Residence Permit): For anyone with an employment contract valid for more than 12 months; who have the means to live in Switzerland without employment; or who are self-employed, although you will need to show you have enough funds to live without employment. The permit is valid for five years, and is renewable for another five.
Permit C (Permanent Residence Permit): Only citizens of the EFTA and original 15 EU member states who have lived in Switzerland for five years are eligible.
Permit L (Short-Term): Granted to applicants with an employment contract that is valid for less than one year. This can be extended.
Swiss franc (CHF), divided into 100 rappen
Switzerland is 1 hour ahead of London. It is 2 ahead from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
A1, which runs from St Margrethen to Geneva, A2 running from Besel to Chiasso.
Basel, Bern, Lugano, St Gallen, Sion, Zurich
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As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start. The process of buying any type of property or land is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are usually required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
Price per square meter in city centre – 10,500.00 Fr.
Price per square meter outside city centre – 7880.00 Fr
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