For foreign company founders we offer special foundation packages, which cover the needs of foreign founders in comprehensive packages at preferential conditions.
from CHF 4'800
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BE; TI; VD; BS; GE; LU; ZH
In order to establish a company in Switzerland as a foreigner, you have to meet certain requirements. We have listed the most important conditions below.
For your company formation, you will need a lawyer to certify your incorporation documents and owner identity. Our partner, STARTUPS.CH, works with a local notary public who will certify all the documents.
You need a Swiss address for the company headquarters. If you do not live in Switzerland, you need a domicile address at the official place of incorporation. This also serves as the postal address. Domiciles can also bring tax advantages, depending on the canton in which the company is domiciled.
Every Swiss company needs a person resident in Switzerland. If none of the company founders meets this requirement, lawyers or trustees can assume this task and represent the company. Of course, all operational decisions will still be made by the founders.
If you decide to move to Switzerland, you need a residence permit. The corresponding permit depends on your nationality, financial circumstances and employment in Switzerland.
The formation of a sole proprietorship is uncomplicated and does not require a minimum investment. Sole proprietorships are companies without their own legal personality. Many new entrepreneurs who start a micro or small business choose this legal form for the beginning.
It is the most popular legal form in Switzerland: With a GmbH, the personal liability of the partners can be excluded. The amount of liability is limited to the company capital. The GmbH is a company with its own legal personality, in which one or more persons join together to form a separate company. Each partner is liable up to the amount of his registered share capital.
With a stock corporation, personal liability can be excluded. In addition, it enjoys a very good reputation among the public. The stock corporation is a company with its own legal personality, for whose obligations only the company's assets are liable.
Findea supports start-up companies in the areas of trust, auditing and tax consulting. Our mission is to take as much effort off your shoulders as possible so that you can focus on the tasks required by your company.
In principle, foreign persons can stay in Switzerland for 3 months without a special residence permit. If they want to stay beyond this period, they must apply for a residence permit, which is subject to various conditions.
The three decisive criteria for granting the permit are the duration of the stay, the country of origin of the person entering and the purpose of the stay.
With regard to the country of origin, a fundamental distinction is made between immigrants from EU/EFTA countries and third countries.
Through the treaties between the EU/EFTA states, the right to a residence permit exists, if the legal requirements are met. For citizens from EU new states there may be special regulations.
The granting of a residence permit to persons from third countries is governed by the Foreigners Act (AuG). In most cases, higher requirements are imposed on the person.
For the residence permit, the purpose of residence is decisive. The following decisions can be made:
Residence for the purpose of gainful employment (self-employed or dependent)
Stay to stay with the family (family reunion)
Residence as an inactive person (e.g. pensioner or private person)
Stay for the purpose of training/study
Stay for medical treatment
Remaining in Switzerland due to a hardship case
If the stated purpose is no longer given, the granting of the residence permit usually expires. However, there are also special regulations here.