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Needing residence visa, though not work visa

Hello,

I fall through the cracks when it comes to a visa to apply for. I am currently in Switzerland on my 90 tourist visa, but I need a residence visa. I am and american, and work for an american company over the internet. So I have income, however, I don't qualify for any work visas here. What can I apply for?
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Old 07.04.2015, 23:05
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Hello,

I fall through the cracks when it comes to a visa to apply for. I am currently in Switzerland on my 90 tourist visa, but I need a residence visa. I am and american, and work for an american company over the internet. So I have income, however, I don't qualify for any work visas here. What can I apply for?
Unless you are incredibly wealthy, like Tina Turner, as an American you will not get a residence permit I'm afraid. You'd need to be hired by a company and they need to prove that they can't find an EU/CH citizen to do the job, in order to get a residence permit.
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Re: Needing residence visa, though not work visa

Well, I'm not tina turner, isn't there any sort of visa? Maybe just an extended visitors visa? Something for more than 90 days...
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Old 07.04.2015, 23:17
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Re: Needing residence visa, though not work visa

Nope. And if you lived here you would have to declare your world wide income anyway -> work permit?
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Re: Needing residence visa, though not work visa

There are no residence visa, only residence permits.

However, for non-EU citizens, there is no such thing. If you don't have a job, i.e. qualify for a work permit, or are entitled to be her through marriage or whatever, you need to leave after 90 days.
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Re: Needing residence visa, though not work visa

In the same way that non-US citizens can't just simply arrive in the US and expect to live there, non-EU nationals can't just simply arrive in Switzerland (or the EU in general) and expect to be able to live here.

You need either a job already appoved by the Swiss authories with a Swiss company or be independently wealthy. Third option is to marry a Swiss/EU national or someone else who already lives here and has a valid permit. Getting a job here as a non-EU is difficult as employers have to prove they can't find one of the above people mentioned to fill the post.

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...zulassung.html

Also you need to realise as an American citizen that you'll still need to file US tax returns no matter where you live in the world. Depending on how much you earn you may have to pay US taxes on top of what you owe in the country you're living in, i.e. Switzerland at the moment. You would also need to file an FBAR form for all "foreign" accounts (outside of US) that you hold if the total aggregate figure comes to more than $10,000 at any time of the year. Start your US tax filing obligation research here:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inter...-Aliens-Abroad
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Well, I'm not tina turner, isn't there any sort of visa? Maybe just an extended visitors visa? Something for more than 90 days...

Any chance you have an Irish granny or granddad? If so you might be able to get an Irish passport. Otherwise no, there is nothing beyond 90 days and that applies to the whole Schengen Area.
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Re: Needing residence visa, though not work visa

Forgot to add that IF you do manage to get a residence permit then when you try and open a bank account here you will be asked to sign a W-9 form to allow said bank to pass the account info on to the IRS due to the US's FATCA law.
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