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Important notice for Visa Customers
Opening hours Visa Desk (by appointment only):
Starting January 1st 2014, you are required to have an appointment for visa applications at this Consulate General. No application can be accepted without a prior appointment. Please note, that there is one appointment per applicant (also for families and groups).
Please call the following phone number from Monday – Thursday, except public holidays, between 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to schedule an appointment (no appointments will be scheduled by e-mail , at the counter or through another phone line).
Important: only complete applications can be accepted
You are required to appear in person if the first 3 digits of your zip code are:
New Jersey: 070-079, 085-089
New York: 090-098, 100-109, 110-119, 124-127
Pennsylvania: 180-191, 193-196, 179
If your zip code is not mentioned above, you may apply by mail and you don't need to schedule an appointment. However, if the Consulate General considers it necessary, an interview in person might be required.
Since visas are not processed on the same day, it is possible to have your passport returned by mail. Please submit a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope with tracking, along with the rest of required documents.
The processing by mail will at least take 2 weeks. This does not include the time for mailing. Kindly note that in some cases the processing time might be longer, especially if the central authorities in Switzerland have to be consulted.
The Consulate General does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted by mail.