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Closure of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Chicago
The aim of the reorganization is to provide an efficient and high-quality range of services tailored to the needs of the Swiss Abroad.
The reorganization takes in account that nowadays most consular services can be carried out by mail or e-mail. Swiss citizens abroad are increasingly communicating with the Swiss representations abroad in this way. Only very few matters, such as capturing biometric data for passports, require the individuals concerned to appear in person.
The following additional measures have been introduced:
- Biometric data can be captured at cantonal passport offices in Switzerland or at Swiss representations abroad that offer consular services. Applications for passports and identity cards must first be submitted to the representation responsible for the applicant’s place of residence.
- Life certificates of our pensioners for AHV/AVS: It is not necessary for applicants to appear in person for an interview at the Consulate General. Certificates can be notarized by any Notary Public or by our Honorary Consuls and then be sent directly to the AHV/AVS Office in Geneva.
- For all consular inquiries, the HELPLINE (phone +41 800 24 7 365) of the Consular Directorate in Berne, Switzerland, remains at your service 24 hours, 7 days a week. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Embassy of Switzerland in Washington is competent for consular matters and visa services concerning residents of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York is competent for consular matters and visa services concerning residents of the States of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.