”I’ve seen many cities in Europe and also worked in Spain, London and Paris for many years before moving to Switzerland. It’s rare to find a place like Basel. Basel is unique.Annelise MichelManager Marketing
Are foreigners allowed to work in Switzerland?
Yes. Foreign nationals can work in Switzerland with the correct work permit. What work permit you need depends on your nationality and type of employment. EU/EFTA member states citizens can work freely in Switzerland but must apply for a residence permit if they stay longer than 90 days. All other citizens must apply for work permits, even short-term employment.
Can foreigners start a business in Switzerland?
Citizens of EU/EFTA member states only have to apply for a residence permit and proof that they can support themselves and their families with their business. Third-country nationals must follow extensive visa requirements and prove their business is in Switzerland’s economic interest.
Can a foreigner buy commercial property in Switzerland?
If you want to start your own business, you might be looking to buy commercial property. Good news, everyone can buy real estate for commercial use in Switzerland! No special permission is needed. There is an exception: foreigners aren’t allowed to buy rental homes or invest in the Swiss real estate market.
Can you leave friends and family?
Leaving behind those you care about is among the most difficult things for all expats.
Will it improve your situation?
Many expats move to Switzerland to improve their financial situation, sometimes improving their mental health and happiness at the same time.
Can you deal well with new situations?
Living in a new country is overwhelming. Food you’ve never tasted before, a culture you’re not accustomed to and currency you don’t know might overwhelm you.
Does Switzerland excite you?
Some think of Switzerland as a paradise of nature and culture. You, too?
Can you imagine your kids going to school on their own?
In Switzerland, parents usually don’t accompany their kids to school. Are you able to let your kids go to school on their own?
Do you have a backup plan?
Not everything works out. It’s important to be prepared for that.
If you can tick off all these boxes, you’re ready to make your move. Here’s how.
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”We’re the go-to agency for every question or request about launching in or relocating to the Basel Area. Either we know the answer, or we know the people who do. We help you solve questions about real estate but also about hiring or collaboration opportunities with universities.Fabio MarelliManager Business Affairs at Basel Area Business & Innovation