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Looking to do business and travel frequently to Zurich

Hello! Nice to meet you all; I live in the United States and am looking at possibly moving to Zurich as well doing business there for my fashion business. I know it's not a traditional place to move a fashion company, but I'm excited to collaborate with the community and learn as much about Switzerland as possible. Since I was young, I've dreamed of going and I'm finally planning my first trip this summer.

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25 Years Old (Female)
Career in fashion and international relations
Languages: learning Swiss-German, minimal French and Spanish

Current book I'm reading: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

I look forward to being about of this forum
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Old 27.05.2017, 12:36
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Re: Looking to do business and travel frequently to Zurich

Welcome to the forum, but sorry it's unlikely that you'll make it here. As a non-EU national you need to be employed by a Swiss employer who has to prove they can't find a Swiss/EU national who could do the job. Only other way to get a permit to live/work here is to marry a Swiss/EU national.

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

Also as an American you need to be aware that you'll have continuing US tax filing obligations abroad and could end up owing the US tax on top of local ones.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/inte...-aliens-abroad

Getting a business account is extemely difficult due to the US's FATCA law which requires foreign banks to have American clients sign W-9 forms to allow the bank to send the account details on to the IRS. So a basic checking account is all you'll get. Plus any foreign account that comes to an agrregate figure of more than $10,000 at any time of the year also has to be reported on an FBAR form.
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Hello! Nice to meet you all; I live in the United States and am looking at possibly moving to Zurich as well doing business there for my fashion business. I know it's not a traditional place to move a fashion company, but I'm excited to collaborate with the community and learn as much about Switzerland as possible. Since I was young, I've dreamed of going and I'm finally planning my first trip this summer.

About me:
25 Years Old (Female)
Career in fashion and international relations
Languages: learning Swiss-German, minimal French and Spanish

Current book I'm reading: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

I look forward to being about of this forum
You thought about a residence/work visa yet as you cannot be self-employed and your type of business generally tends to be this i think
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Old 27.05.2017, 13:44
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Re: Looking to do business and travel frequently to Zurich

You would be better attempting to move to Milan, London, Paris or Düsseldorf. Learn the language before you arrive.

You would waste your talents in Zurich, there is zero fashion trade.
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Re: Looking to do business and travel frequently to Zurich

I don't want to be negative because you may have a special talent. But be realistic and practical. Instead of deciding you have to live here, why not just have a fact-finding vacation here for a couple of weeks (or longer if you can). Make some appointments to see people in the fashion business and pick their brains. As a previous poster said, Milan (which is very close to Switzerland), London and Paris are major global fashion centres that might be more promising.
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