Swiss Lump-Sum Taxation
Switzerland is a federal republic made up of 26 cantons and is one of the most attractive countries in the world for conducting business.
Switzerland does not have a typical residence by investment programme. A non-EU/EFTA national who does not plan to undertake gainful activity in Switzerland can become a Swiss resident if a Swiss canton confirms a fiscal interest in that individual taking up residence.
Benefits of Residence in Switzerland
Residence in Switzerland comes with a wide range of benefits, including:
- The right to live and study in Switzerland
- The B permit is valid for one year and can be renewed on an annual basis
- Eligible to apply for permanent residency (C permit) after 10 years
- C permit holders may apply for Swiss citizenship
Non-EU/EFTA nationals who are not gainfully employed in Switzerland can obtain a Swiss residence permit if they agree to pay a minimum net annual tax. In general, a total tax liability of CHF 250,000 to CHF 1,000,000 is the minimum amount required by the cantons, although this amount varies according to individual circumstances and the canton of residence.
The application process in Switzerland can be broken down into several steps and may vary according to the canton of residence:
- Step 1: Applicants must first apply for a visa at the Swiss consulate in their country of residence
- Step 2: Upon arrival into Switzerland, applicants should rent or acquire real estate in the country
- Step 3: Applicants may then apply for a residence permit (‘B permit’) and must make a formal commitment not to engage in gainful activity Switzerland
- Step 4: A decision will usually be made in relation to the application within three to six months
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Persons wishing to pursue residence in this way must be non-Swiss nationals, taking up residence in Switzerland either for the first time or after a ten-year absence, and must not undertake gainful employment in Switzerland.
Which family members can I include in my application?
Note that B permit holders do not automatically have the right to family reunification in Switzerland. However, the migration authorities in the canton of residence may grant a residence permit to your spouse and unmarried children under 18, if you can prove that your place of residence is large enough to accommodate them and you have the resources to support them financially.
Is there a physical presence requirement?
Yes, B permit holders must generally not leave Switzerland for more than six consecutive months, otherwise the permit will be automatically cancelled.
How long does the application take to process?
From submission of an application for a residence permit, the average processing time is around three to six months.
What is the duration of the residence permit?
The B permit is generally valid for one year and is renewable on an annual basis, provided the applicant continues to meet the requirements for which it was issued. Applicants who renew their B permit annually will become eligible to apply for permanent residence after 10 years.
Is this option right for me?
The following persons may be a good fit for this option:
- High net worth individuals interested in pursuing an alluring lifestyle
- Persons who do not intend to carry out gainful employment in Switzerland
- Nuclear families seeking to obtain residence of a Schengen country