Permanent residence and Swiss citizenship.. a massive obstacle

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Obtaining a residence permit in Switzerland is a challenge in itself, and the procedures differ according to the nationality of the applicant (whether he is from the European Union or outside).

For those wishing to immigrate to Switzerland from outside the European Union, the number of residence permits granted annually is determined by the specialized authorities.

Type B residence permits are granted for a period of one year, renewable for another year each time.  It is worth noting that the residence permit B is linked to the canton (administrative division) in which it was issued.  In other words, the holder of this residence permit cannot move to another county or change his job.

As for permanent residence (which is a type C permit), it is granted after the applicant has spent 10 continuous years in Switzerland (the period is reduced to five years for applicants from Canada or the USA).  In all cases, no canton can issue a residence permit without obtaining approval from the Swiss Federal Confederation.

As for obtaining Swiss citizenship, it is more difficult and complicated, but the two most common ways are by birth (if one or both parents hold Swiss citizenship) or by naturalization:

1- A permanent resident can apply for Swiss citizenship after 12 years of presence in Switzerland.  He must also prove his proficiency in German, French or Romansh (depending on the province in which he is applying).  And to provide evidence that he has successfully integrated into Swiss society and does not pose a threat to the state, in addition to his commitment to the laws, customs and traditions.

2- Those wishing to obtain Swiss citizenship can also apply if they marry a person with this nationality, after at least three years of marriage.  In the case of living abroad, the marriage must have taken place at least six years ago.

Investing in Switzerland:

Citizens of the European Union or the European Economic Area can apply for a residence permit that allows them to live as a self-employed person in Switzerland for a maximum of five years (and this permission can be withdrawn if the individual becomes unable to cover their personal expenses).

In this case, the applicant must register a company name in Switzerland and provide proof of a stable source of income.  However, non-EU citizens cannot apply for this permission.

If you want to invest and establish a specific project, it is easy, and anyone can start a business in Switzerland where profits are not required to be reported, but in order to run your business from within Switzerland, you will need to obtain a residence permit and a work permit.  However, you can establish a partnership or private company from outside Switzerland by registering it through the relevant online portal.

Switzerland may not be one of the easiest destinations for people from the Arab world to immigrate to because of its specific complex conditions, but it nevertheless remains a distinct tourist destination that must be added to the list of countries you wish to visit.

You can also apply to immigrate to Germany or France, to become close to Switzerland and have the opportunity to spend holidays in it and enjoy its charming scenery and stunning nature.

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