Investment Visa Overview

Switzerland Residency & Citizenship options

Switzerland is an interesting choice for international investors looking for residency options. The country offers a number of benefits including tax advantages and a stable political environment. Switzerland is also known for its high quality of life, which makes it an attractive destination for those looking to relocate. One of the main attractions for investors is Switzerland's residency by investment program. This program offers a number of benefits including preferential treatment in terms of taxation and visa requirements. Investment levels are for Switzerland are steep however, so these programs are only available if you're already set.

Program 1
  • Name
    Rentier Visa (Geneva)
  • Description

    The Switzerland Rentier Visa is a special type of visa that allows people who have a regular income from investments to live in Geneva. To qualify for this visa, you must have a regular income of at least 2,500 Swiss francs per month from investments, or a pension of at least 3,000 Swiss francs per month. You must also have health insurance and enough money to support yourself and your family.

  • Requirements

    The only permitted employment is the administration of the applicant's own assets, and the applicant is not allowed to work in Switzerland. The main applicant must demonstrate substantial wealth or income.

  • Validity
    1 year
  • Investment Type
    Income
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum, but substantial (likely 1M net worth+)
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Self Employed Visa (Geneva)
  • Description

    The self employed visa allows foreign nationals to come to Switzerland and set up their own business. There are a few requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for this visa, but once you have everything in order, the process is relatively straightforward. After you have been granted a self employed visa, you will be able to live and work in Switzerland for an indefinite period of time.

  • Requirements

    If it can be demonstrated that the candidate will have a permanent good impact on the Swiss labor market, he or she will be approved. The Swiss labor market is viewed as a long-term beneficiary of settlement when the new enterprise contributes to the diversification of the regional economy in the concerned sector, obtains or creates employment opportunities for the local workforce, makes significant investments, and generates new mandates for the Swiss economy.

  • Validity
    2 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    3-4 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
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Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Swiss passport is currently ranked seventh. It allows anyone to travel to 190 countries without needing a visa. With a very high mobility score, it is regarded one of the most sought passports in the world. Visa-free travel and visas on arrival are available to Swiss passport holders in countries such as Brazil, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and the whole European Union, allowing for nearly instantaneous travel around the world. Swiss passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit around 39 countries around the world. China, India, and Russia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank

7

Visa Free Countries

190

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    Yes
  • Visa Free Destinations
    141
  • Visa on Arrival
    37
  • Visa Online
    12
  • Visa Required
    9
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    60%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    48%
Passport Ranking Factors

Switzerland Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Switzerland passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Switzerland passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Switzerland passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 141 visa-free countries for Switzerland passport holders, 37 visa-on-arrival countries for Switzerland passport holders, and 12 eTA destinations. In total, Switzerland passport holders can visit 190 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Swiss passport is ranked number seven in the world. In addition to these visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Switzerland passport holders must apply for a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 39 other countries (i.e. visa required countries).

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  • CBD Available?
    No
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