Switzerland is a natural beauty country located in Western and Central Europe.
Switzerland represents four main linguistic and cultural regions: German, French, Italian and roman- speaking valleys. The countries stable, booming and high-tech economy makes it the most economically prosperous and rich country in the world.
Switzerland is always being an attractive destination for the migrants’ because of its high salary, low unemployment and stable currency. Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world by per capita GDP and has highest wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) of any country in the world. Since the country allowed free movement of people, the immigration from different countries has risen sharply and the major parts of the migrants are from India, Spain and Portugal. Because of all these facilities there is surprise interest developing among Indians to approach Switzerland as their next destination.
This year, the number of visas issued in India by the Switzerland embassy has been rising rapidly. The visa processing falls in different categories such as- student visa, tourist visa, business visa and others. Previous year Swiss embassy issued more than 30,000 visas.
According to the Swiss ambassador in India, Mr. Dominique Drayer, "We have now launched a new procedure for issuing all visa categories in India — except diplomatic categories. We have roped in outsourcing agency VFS to screen all visa applications before the decision of granting or refusing the visa is taken at the embassy".
Switzerland is famous for its specialised management courses specifically hospital; management programme. This year there is a rapid rise in Indian students applying for different management programmes in Switzerland.
The “local worker priority provision” is not applicable to intra-company transfer of executives and highly qualified specialists and to people from within these two categories who are essential for crucial research project or other extra ordinary assignments which is good news to Indian skilled workers. In Switzerland, highly skilled Indians have been identified as “brain gain” mechanisms.
According to an article published by a famous Swiss news paper, Indian migrants population is very high with a rate of 79.5 percent, even higher than the Chinese Immigrants (61.7%). The work and resident allotment falls in the following categories.
• Short-term work and residence permit allotted up to 1 year
• Staying can be extended to a maximum restricted period of 18 months.
The new rules by the Switzerland government allow extending stay period every year only after a permanent staying in Swiss for one year.