To reside in Switzerland without performing any paid activity, a foreign citizen must beforehand have a permit allowing him to take up residence in Switzerland. In this situation, it is possible to apply for several types of permits depending particularly on the planned length of the stay in the country. In addition, a permit can only be obtained under certain conditions. Such conditions vary depending on the nationality of the foreign citizen (e.g. European citizens and non-European citizens) and the purpose of the stay in Switzerland (retired people, people benefiting from a specific taxation system called lump-sum taxation,…).
T&CO files residence permit applications in favor of foreign citizens with the competent authorities on a regular basis. Its practice in the area of the immigration law allows it to follow-up on these applications in an ongoing manner until the end of the process.