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Old 09.09.2013, 10:01
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Re: Immigration status of Non-EU starting a business in Switzerland

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America is part of the Schengen treaty as well, that does not mean Americans can willy nilly get visas to work in the EU or CH. It's being an EU passport holder that will get you that right. Or married to one.
The Schengen Area is a group of 26 European countries that have abolished passport and immigration controls at their common borders.
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Old 09.09.2013, 10:02
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I think this is only partially correct. Any passport holder from the Schengen area can come to Switzerland and stay for up to 3 months but to get a residency permit in order to stay any longer than that, one must have a signed employment contract.
Once again, Schengen is being confused with freedom of movement. Schengen refers to border controls only. How long a person from a certain country can stay in Switzerland without a residence permit has nothing to do with the Schengen agreement.
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Once again, Schengen is being confused with freedom of movement. Schengen refers to border controls only. How long a person from a certain country can stay in Switzerland without a residence permit has nothing to do with the Schengen agreement.
Agreed, technically this is correct. That being said I was specifically referring to the comment quoted [QUOTE]In other words: Switzerland cannot NOT give me a permit anymore./QUOTE] Switzerland does reserve the right to not grant work/residency permits to Schengen passport holders if they do not have gainful employment.

A good example is the report of many unemployed people from Spain who took advantage of the Schengen agreement, come here looking for work but were not able to stay because they were not successful in finding employment.

Most importantly the point I think that needs to be made is that it is this very misinterpretation of the Schengen agreement that fires up the populist rhetoric that the SVP seems to relish in to much delight.

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It certainly is NOT.

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Um, what I meant was, Schengen Treaty, as it applies to US citizens means we do not have to apply for a travel visa to Schengen Treaty members...obviously.
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Um, what I meant was, Schengen Treaty, as it applies to US citizens means we do not have to apply for a travel visa to Schengen Treaty members...obviously.
US citizens can enter the Schengen Area as a whole for pleasure or for business without the need to apply for a visa for a maximum of 90 days in any 180 day period (which entails considering the 180 day period preceding each day of stay).

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Hey mate,

I had a buddy who turned up with 30k Australian Ideas, a back pack and a big idea. He got a GmbH, a work permit and a sweet little set up here in Switzerland. So yes it is possible.

Drop me a line and am happy to share with you his experience and put you in contact.

Allot will depend on where you are from, what you are doing, and how much money you have.

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Hi all...please dont mail me on this issue. If you want to know more please contact a lawyer in Zug. They will be able to guide you through the process.
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Re: Immigration status of Non-EU starting a business in Switzerland

Hi mate,

this post might be a bit old, but i am australian, have an idea for starting a business in switzerland, and i need to move over to be with my girlfriend who is a swiss national.

I would love to get in contact regarding advice from you, your friend, or others.

Cheers,
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Hi mate,

this post might be a bit old, but i am australian, have an idea for starting a business in switzerland, and i need to move over to be with my girlfriend who is a swiss national.

I would love to get in contact regarding advice from you, your friend, or others.

Cheers,
A previous thread discusses a non-EU citizen applying for a residence permit as a Konkubinat:

Konkubinatspaare(lebenspartner) [Registered Partnership]

In particular, see the second comment by Samaire13 in that thread.
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Re: Immigration status of Non-EU starting a business in Switzerland

This may also help.

http://www.kmu.admin.ch/kmu-gruenden...x.html?lang=en

Maybe if you have a really good business plan, sufficient financing and can show a benefit to the Swiss economy/labour market you might get a permit. Understand that forming a GmbH or Sarl won't get you a permit, having a business here doesn't grant residency rights and your Swiss company would still have to follow the non-EU hiring criteria to be able to hire you.

On the concubine permit side, the Swiss authorities will be looking for a long term, committed relationship of several years' standing and not one that's only been in existence for a few months. While you may feel you have to be together, the Swiss won't see it that way.
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