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How to start a business in Switzerland as a Foreig

How to start a business in Switzerland as a Foreign National

How to Start a Business in Switzerland as a Foreign National
Switzerland is internationally known as being one of the world’s largest business center. Therefor it’s not a surprise that a great deal of entrepreneurs from all over the world are being tempted to set up a company in Switzerland. Breaking into the Swiss market can be a rewarding venture for many Foreign Nationals. That’s why the number of foreigners, who want to setup their own company in Switzerland, is constantly growing.  
According to the Swiss laws, foreigners have the right to setup a business in Switzerland. Nevertheless, foreign entrepreneurs have to meet special requirements. There are certain differences in requirements for people of EU/EFTA countries and third countries.
For example, if you are a citizen of one of the EU/EFTA countries you can take advantage of the Agreement of Free Movement of Persons. But, if you are a citizen from outside the EU/EFTA block, it is more difficult. In that case you have to meet special requirements, like obtaining a special permit. But, if that's the case, there are still good chances to be self-employed in Switzerland.

How to Setup Business in Switzerland for Citizens of the EU/EFTA Countries.
Persons from the EU/EFTA countries have the right to establish a business in Switzerland. Moreover, they are provided with numerous competitive advantages. As the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons says, the members of EU/EFTA countries don’t need to get a C-permit to resident in Switzerland.
In order to start a business in Switzerland it is enough for EU/EFTA citizens to obtain B-permit (5 year residence permit). Also, they have to declare and prove their business activities. The following documents are required for the proof: books of account, business plan, commercial register entry, professional register entry, proof of social insurance as a self-employed person and VAT-number. In order to get more detailed information on how to found a company in Switzerland you should contact the representatives of the cantonal migration offices.

How to Setup Business in Switzerland for People from Third Countries           
If you live outside the EU/EFTA area and want to establish your own business in Switzerland, then you have to meet the labor law standards.
There are three main ways of getting the legal right to run a business in Switzerland:
1) Obtain a C-permit and get the right to be self-employed in Switzerland;
2) Get married with a person, who has C-permit;
3) Get married with a Swiss citizen.
If none of these methods is suitable for you then you can submit a request to the respective administration. In this case, foreign entrepreneurs will be allowed to found a company in Switzerland only if they can prove the fact that their business will have a positive influence on the economy of the country. It would be expedient to try this way only if you have an effective business plan.
If your request will be approved by the administration you will obtain the special short-term permit (L permit) that is intended for people from third party countries. According to L permit, you will be allowed to do business in Switzerland for 12 months. When this period ends you will need to renew your L permit for another 12 months. You will have to pass the labor law exam organized by the administration every time you want to renew L permit.                       


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