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Moving to Zug

What to know if you're moving to Zug

Moving to Zug is a highly attractive prospect, with a perfect mix of business and career opportunities all located in a beautiful Swiss mountain setting. Find out more about moving to this quiet town in this article, from visas to accommodation.

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All about Switzerland

Use this guide to understand the requirements for moving to Switzerland. We cover a broad range of such topics as how to find housing in a competitive market, why you need a university degree in order to obtain a work permit, and how to fill out the eye exam required for the Swiss driver’s license. Whether you are moving to the alpine country for work, family, or to immerse yourself in one of the country’s four official languages, we list all the steps you need to move to the land of Swiss chocolate, cheese, and watches.

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Relocating to Zug

About Zug

Thanks to low tax rates for individuals and businesses, Zug has benefited from an influx of businesses. Since 1920, when the canton of Zug lowered the tax level for holding and domiciled companies, countless multinational corporations have chosen to move their headquarters to the quiet, Swiss town.

Visas for Switzerland

Individuals holding EU passports will not need a visa to live and work in Zug, as Switzerland has signed the so-called ‘Agreement on the free movement of people’. Note, however, that due to ongoing immigration discussions and temporary quotas, this free movement is not always guaranteed. EU expatriates are also required to register with the Zug immigration office within eight days of arrival. You will need to bring your passport, two passport photos, and proof of medical insurance. Also note that some

If you are relocating from another ‘canton’ (region) in Switzerland you will also need to bring your residence permit from your previous address. If your job is located in another canton but you wish to live in Zug, you will also need to bring an assurance of residence permit from your employer.

Non-EU / EEA residents will require a visa and work permit to take up residence in Zug, and this can be obtained from the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), formerly known as the Federal Office for Migration (FOM). Don’t be tempted to jump the gun and arrive early, though. It’s best to wait until your visa has been granted before relocating to Zug.

For more information on Swiss visas and residence permits, you can also refer to our dedicated article on Moving to Switzerland.

Finding Accommodation in Zug

There is no shortage of accommodation in Zug; if anything, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Many expatriates moving to Zug choose to rent rather than buy a house or apartment, but if you’re looking to set down more permanent roots, getting on the property ladder is a good way to keep your costs down.

Regardless of the size of your family, there will be an apartment or family house that is the perfect size for you. There are ample sized apartments to be found in the center of the town, or you can look to the edges of town where luxury detached houses with stunning views of the city can be snapped up. To start your accommodation search before you move to Zug, you can begin by checking such sites as homegate.ch and ImmoScout24. Browsing the listings of local newspapers, such as the Amtsblatt Zug (website in German only), may also be worth your while.

Rental agreements are very similar to the ones in other parts of the world, and you may be required to give between one and three months’ rent as a security deposit. It is also customary to give three months’ notice if you wish to vacate your property, but this can be shortened if you are able to find someone willing to take over the lease.

Updated on: May 12, 2015
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