×
Interested in our Partner Program for businesses or our Local Guide Program for experienced expats and digital nomads? Click here to learn more.
Expat Exchange - Expat Guide to Residency in Switzerland
Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In
Snowfall on Lake Zurich, Switzerland


Expat Guide to Residency in Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Universal Tax Professionals
Universal Tax Professionals

Summary: Looking for guidance on obtaining residency in Switzerland? Discover the steps involved and read advice from expats, nomads, and others already in Switzerland.

Obtaining a residency visa in Switzerland is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Switzerland gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency in Switzerland. This includes a valid passport, proof of health insurance, proof of financial means, and a valid visa if applicable.
  • Find a place to live in Switzerland. This can be done by renting or buying a property.
  • Register with the local municipality. This can be done by visiting the local municipality office and providing the necessary documents.
  • Apply for a Swiss identity card. This can be done by visiting the local municipality office and providing the necessary documents.
  • Apply for a Swiss tax number.
    • Visit the local tax office and provide the necessary documents.
    • Fill out the application form and submit it to the tax office.
    • Wait for the tax office to process the application and issue the tax number.
  • Register with the local job center. This can be done by visiting the local job center and providing the necessary documents.
  • Apply for a Swiss work permit. This can be done by visiting the local municipality office and providing the necessary documents.

GeoBlue

GeoBlue is a trusted leader in international health insurance. Wherever your destination, GeoBlue can keep you and your family covered with the right health insurance. Get a GeoBlue Quote Today!

Learn MoreGet Quote

GeoBlue

GeoBlue is a trusted leader in international health insurance. Wherever your destination, GeoBlue can keep you and your family covered with the right health insurance. Get a GeoBlue Quote Today!

Learn MoreGet Quote

What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Switzerland?

"If you plan on staying in Switzerland for a while, you will need a valid passport or travel document, along with a residence permit. Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a visa to enter Switzerland. You will also need to register with local municipal authorities and apply for a social security number. Non-EU citizens may be required to have valid health insurance in place during their stay in Switzerland. Additionally, individuals over the age of 14 must obtain a valididentity card, which they are required to carry at all times while in Switzerland," said one expat living in Switzerland.

GeoBlue

GeoBlue is a trusted leader in international health insurance. Wherever your destination, GeoBlue can keep you and your family covered with the right health insurance. Get a GeoBlue Quote Today!

Learn MoreGet Quote

GeoBlue

GeoBlue is a trusted leader in international health insurance. Wherever your destination, GeoBlue can keep you and your family covered with the right health insurance. Get a GeoBlue Quote Today!

Learn MoreGet Quote

"To enter Switzerland, most foreign nationals require a visa. Depending on the citizenship and circumstances of the traveler, the appropriate visa can be acquired from either the Embassy or Consulate General of Switzerland in their home country. The visa application process includes submitting basic documentation such as a valid passport, passport photos, and a completed visa application form. Other documentation such as a proof of financial stability, travel itinerary, or an invitation letter may be required. To apply for residency in Switzerland, foreign nationals must provide documents such as a valid passport, a curriculum vitae, tax returns, and a valid bank statement. Depending on the applicant’s circumstances, additional documents may be required. Completed applications are submitted to the relevant cantonal immigration authorities in Switzerland. The authorities can then issue a legally binding residence permit. Once approved, the applicant will receive a residency permit valid for a period of 1-5 years. In some cases, residency may be renewed by submission of a renewal application," commented one member living in Switzerland.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


Universal Tax Professionals
Universal Tax Professionals

Universal Tax Professionals
Universal Tax Professionals

Snowfall on Lake Zurich, Switzerland

SJB Global
SJB Global

SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
Learn More

SJB GlobalSJB Global

SJB Global is a top-rated financial advisory firm specializing in expat financial advice worldwide, offering retirement planning & tax-efficient solutions with a regressive fee model.
Learn More

Contribute to Switzerland Network Contribute
Help others in Switzerland by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Switzerland.

Universal Tax Professionals
Universal Tax Professionals

Copyright 1997-2024 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal Partners & Local Guides