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Old 20.07.2020, 07:53
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Options/Paths To Permanent Residency and Citizenship for a USA citizen

Hey guys, I've spent a decent amount of time looking at various websites trying to figure everything out but I'm ultimately left a little confused. I ran across this website and you seem like an extraordinarily helpful bunch so I wanted to say thank you before I begin.

My desire ultimately is to move to Geneva, Switzerland as soon as possible given the current coronavirus closed border situation. If Switzerland opened up in September, for example, I'd like to ideally be on one of the first flights to begin a new long-term chapter of my life over there.

Currently, I'm in my mid-30s, male, single (never married), a millionaire, and I operate a start-up online business that has yet to pull in any profit. All of my money was made in my former years as a professional poker player and as an early Bitcoin investor. I speak three languages, including French, so assimilation shouldn't be too difficult for me I'd hope.

I'm trying to move to Switzerland because politically/culturally/raising a family/everything else, it's one of the only countries on Earth that makes any sense to me and it's really where I feel like I could finally start to live in peace and be happier. And that's where I start having issues from the legal side of the equation.

The Permit B seems to be a work/study visa. Given that I have my own online business, I won't seek employment while in Geneva and have plenty of savings to last quite some time. The other permits don't seem to make sense to fulfill my desires either. I have received residency permits in other countries in the past with relative ease simply by filling out documentation and paying some fees but that doesn't seem to be the case here, or is it?

Given the above, what paths can I even seek for temporary/permanent residency and citizenship in Switzerland if they exist? Would I be allowed to get a 12-month apartment rental there to start things off?

Thanks for your time!
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