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HI all,

Just an intro on me. Have a family of five (wife, son 17, daughters 13 and 7). Aiming to get to Geneva around April 2022 to establish my group business in financial service.

I am keen to learn all there is about swiss life, schooling, tax, business, transport, shopping, cost of living in Geneva or surrounds.

Any helpful advice is welcome and appreciated in addition to what's on the forum.

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Welcome to the forum.

Not sure what a tax lawyer does, but do you know Swiss tax law? Without it I'm not sure how you're going to run a business about it.

There's plenty of info in the various sticky threads here on the forum and you could also get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move here.
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Welcome to the forum.

Not sure what a tax lawyer does, but do you know Swiss tax law? Without it I'm not sure how you're going to run a business about it.

There's plenty of info in the various sticky threads here on the forum and you could also get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move here.
I'm not Swiss qualified. Neither are most of my colleagues in my law department.
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Re: Coming to Geneva

Hi, and welcome to the forum! I hope you find a smooth transition into Swiss life. A few tips about the kids, in particular:

It will be most difficult to find a good position for your son, unless he is already fluent in French or has some sort of qualification the Swiss authorities will recognise. He is beyond the age of compulsory education, and might not fit easily into the Swiss education structure. It will be worthwhile spending a lot of effort checking out options before you arrive.
It might be difficult for your 13-year-old daughter, as well. She'd be the right age for the first or second year of secondary school, leaving only one or two years to prepare for the next stage of education, training, or work. Again, if she is fluent in French, things will go more smoothly.
You seven-year-old daughter should cause the least amount of difficulty in terms of fitting into the local school system. She's still young enough that learning the language should be relatively easy, although it will require a big effort at the start (which should be supported by the school authorities), and she has time to work out what she wants to do within the Swiss school structure before she has to make any decisions.

That said, good luck with your business and get started looking for teenage kid solutions! You could get the kids involved in that, especially the 17-year-old, as they're old enough to be involved in making these decisions. Just remember that "being involved" doesn't mean that they make the final call, as you are still the responsible adult in this situation. I've seen parents in the past who have let their teenage or pre-teen child make decisions such as this completely alone, and it hasn't gone well ... but their input will be useful and make them invested in the final decision.
Also, don't be afraid of choosing different schools for the different kids - possibly even one in private and the other two in public school. Look at what is best for each child (and you & your wife!), as it may be that one child really needs something different to their siblings. One of my sons had a classmate in his school whose twin brother was in a different school - one of the twins in public, the other in private - and it worked really well for both boys. The one in public school didn't resent his brother getting "special treatment" at a private school, and the one in private school had his particular needs met.

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HI all,

Just an intro on me. Have a family of five (wife, son 17, daughters 13 and 7). Aiming to get to Geneva around April 2022 to establish my group business in financial service.

I am keen to learn all there is about swiss life, schooling, tax, business, transport, shopping, cost of living in Geneva or surrounds.

Any helpful advice is welcome and appreciated in addition to what's on the forum.

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Have you thought about a relocation company in Geneva? they could assist you with this.Also about schooling here (if your children go to the local schools)- you normally go to the local school in the municipality where you're domiciled. that would mean primary, secondary( junior high) and then high school then university if you so wish. College Calvin and Candolle in the center of Geneva are both excellent high schools but that would mean your child would have to be eligible through your domicile;I lived in Vésenaz , my daughter went to local junior high and she was then eligible to go to either College Calvin or Candolle.

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Relocation companies are very expensive. Check just what they are offering for their fee. Getting a place to live will be your biggest challenge. For all else, just ask here!
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Relocation companies are very expensive. Check just what they are offering for their fee. Getting a place to live will be your biggest challenge. For all else, just ask here!



That may be ! However, for someone coming with a family ,starting a business and wishing to avoid having to do all of the legwork by themselves in a foreign language, they are quite useful.(I don't work for one by the way).
Just in case-here are two I know of:
https://www.welcome-service.ch/ : http://www.genevarelocation.net/services


Here's an article about setting a company in Switzerland and it may be more advantageous in assisting you with your family's permits if you have a company.
https://lenews.ch/2017/12/27/setting...rland-a-guide/

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Re: Coming to Geneva

As people have mentioned, can you guys all speak French? If not, what is your son going to do?
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