Immigration Switzerland, we answer your open questions in our article. We would like to give you some helpful tips to make your immigration to Switzerland as stress-free as possible.
The most important thing to know in advance is where you are coming from, because the entry requirements sometimes vary greatly depending on your country of origin.
The types of visas at immigration
Therefore, you should always pay close attention to your visa, entry and also residence permit or work permit, also to the country from which you want to enter.
Switzerland provides various visas:
- Schengen visa, but this is only valid for 90 days.
- National Visa D, this is valid for a longer period of time, but here it should be noted that you must apply for a work permit separately if you want to work in Switzerland.
All EU residents are allowed to stay in Switzerland for the first 90 days without a visa, as long as you have an identity card or passport with you. After this 90 day period, you must apply for a residence permit, which is easily obtained if you can provide proof of a job or sufficient financial means. This residence permit must be applied for at the relevant cantonal migration office.
The different residence permits:
- Short-term residence permit: valid for an employment relationship between 3 months and 1 year, here the period of validity corresponds to that of the employment relationship.
- Temporary residence permit: Validity period is 5 years and renewable for another 5 years.
- Settlement permit: issued after a stay of 5 or 10 years in Switzerland, with this one has an unlimited right of residence in Switzerland.
Another step is to register in your new place of residence, for this you have to go to the registration office in your respective canton, usually this is done in person, in some exceptions it is also possible by phone and by mail. To do this, you can simply call the relevant residents’ registration office in your canton and ask how the whole thing works, please do this promptly, because if you are not registered in time, you will not be allowed to start your job.
Once you have completed these steps, let’s move on to some of the beautiful things that Switzerland has to offer.
Immigration Switzerland – The Sights
- The most beautiful cities and sights you should definitely visit:
- Ascona, the lowest place in all of Switzerland at 196 meters, on the north shore of Lake Maggiore.
- The Matterhorn, the symbol of Switzerland, here you should visit in any case, it is very difficult to climb this mountain, however, there is a cable car on the Klein-Matterhorn, which is for many tourists already an experience pure and watch the giants in real, is also again a very special event.
- The Jungfraujoch, the highest railroad station in Europe at 3545 meters above sea level.
- Chillon Castle, accessible by boat and close to the wonderful wine-growing region of Lavaux.
- Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe, above which you can stand and watch and feel the flow of water. You can see this spectacle in Schaffhausen, by boat you can cross the river to the waterfall.
- Murten, a small medieval town on the shores of the lake of the same name Murten.
- Solothurn, the most beautiful baroque city in Switzerland, where Italian grandeur and French charm meet and combine with the down-to-earthness of the Swiss. The city is also called “Ambassadors’ city”.
- Panoramic trains that pass through several wonderful mountain sceneries and glaciers and reveal breathtaking lakes, an experience that speaks for itself.
Besides, you should get to know Switzerland not only through your eyes, but also from its culinary side. In Switzerland there are many typical traditional dishes, of which we would like to introduce a few here.
Immigration Switzerland – your new culinary home
The most interesting and varied Swiss delicacies:
- Fondue: typically Swiss, there is the fondue with different types of cheese and also still in sweet, ie with chocolate and fruit.
- Swiss chocolate, a real must and a real treat
- Zopf, a bread that a Swiss traditionally eats only on Sundays for brunch. It is special because it contains milk and butter, which gives it a very soft and fluffy texture.
- Raclette, a dish with various side dishes such as potatoes and vegetables and the main ingredient of course Swiss cheese.
- Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, consists of thin strips of roasted veal in a delicious cream sauce, usually accompanied by hash browns.
- Saffron risotto, a speciality from Ticino, consists, as the name suggests, of risotto rice and the golden spice saffron.
We hope that we could help you a little bit with this information and wish you good luck with your immigration to Switzerland. If you still have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we hope to help you as much as possible.