Moving to Switzerland from Australia

Even if it is located in Europe, Switzerland is not a member of the European Union and this implies all foreign nationals to apply for visas when traveling or moving here. This is also the case of citizens who want to move to Switzerland from Australia.

Depending on the reason one has to immigrate to Switzerland, there are several types of residence permits that can be obtained, among which the temporary and permanent ones are usually requested.

Below, our immigration lawyer in Switzerland explains the requirements for moving here. Also, if you plan on moving to Switzerland from Australia, you can rely on our immigration services.

Visas available from moving to Switzerland from Australia

Even if Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, it is located in the Schengen area which gives Australian citizens several options for immigrating here. This way, when moving to Switzerland from Australia, one can apply for any of the following visas:

  1. L residence permits which are issued for short stays of no more than 12 months;
  2. B residence permits which are issued for limited stay, however, their validity can reach up to 5 years;
  3. C residence permits which are the equivalent of permanent residence permits and are issued after 5 years of living in Switzerland;
  4. Schengen visas, among which the D or National Visa is the most suitable for those who want to immigrate to Switzerland from Australia for more than 3 months.

With tailored assistance that can be offered by our immigration lawyer in Switzerland, relocating here from Australia can be easier. Due to the significant distance, we advise Australian citizens to start immigration procedures as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Documents for immigrating to Switzerland from Australia

When moving to Switzerland, particular documents must be considered, no matter the nationality of the applicant. This is also available in the case of Australian citizens who must prepare the immigration dossier in accordance with the purpose of relocation.

There are many reasons to move to Switzerland from Australia, however, most citizens of this country immigrate to this European destination for business, employment, or studies. This means, that for each case-specific documents for relocation are required.

If for business purposes, the documents that need to be prepared should be related to the creation of a company, when it comes to employment, there are specific details that need to be observed. For example, Switzerland imposes employment quotas for candidates from foreign states, and every year, these quotas are modified. This is why we advise you to discuss with our immigration lawyer in Switzerland who can verify and provide updated information for the current year.

Then, there are young foreign nationals who want to study with prestigious Swiss universities, and if you are one of them and are considering moving to Switzerland from Australia for this purpose, our specialists can help you. It is important for you to obtain a letter of acceptance from the university you want to attend in order to support your visa application.

Assistance in moving to Switzerland from Australia

As mentioned earlier, moving from such a distant country to Switzerland cannot be easy, which is why aside from our immigration services, we also offer another type of support which usually targets the relocation procedure. We can advise on the lease or rental agreements, registration with the Swiss tax authorities and other agencies you might need representation with.

As you might already know, Switzerland is made of several cantons, and each has local regulations you will need to respect. Helping you get acquainted with these rules is also part of our expat services in Switzerland. Also, should you need any information about customs regulations when moving to Switzerland from Australia, do not hesitate to ask our lawyers.

We can also help foreign nationals from other countries who are interested in immigration to Switzerland.

Economic relations between Switzerland and Australia

Trading relations between Switzerland and Australia are quite important, the two countries cooperating for a long time. These relations also date way back in the 1800s when around 1,000 Australian citizens immigrated to Switzerland.

Nowadays, these relations have led to:

  • the creation of the Swiss Australian Academic Network (SAAN) which has more than 650 members;
  • the creation of the Swiss Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) which has more than 250 members;
  • Switzerland ranking 5th in terms of foreign direct investors in Australia in 2011.

For assistance in moving to Switzerland from Australia, please contact our immigration lawyers.