Swiss visa desk in New York

Schengen visa application for stays up to 90 days

Personal Appearance

Since May 15, 2014 all diplomatic representations of the Schengen member states in the US have to capture the biometric data (finger scans and facial image) of persons applying for a Schengen visa. The data will be kept in the Visa Information System (VIS) for 5 years.

If your finger scans have not yet been collected, a personal appearance is mandatory when applying for a Schengen visa. You will need to schedule an appointment at www.swiss-visa.ch.

If you received a Schengen visa, issued after May 15, 2014 and your finger scans were successfully collected, you won't have to rerecord your fingerprints for your next visa application(s) and personal appearance is not necessary. Please mail your complete Schengen visa application to our consulate and provide a copy of your visa sticker issued after May 15, 2014 in addition to all other required documents, see here.

In case the previously collected fingerprints prove to be of insufficient quality, you will have to appear in person to give your fingerprints.

Personal appearance and fingerprint scan is not necessary for children under the age of 12.

The Swiss representation reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after reviewing the application.

Appointment system

Residents living within our consular district who are applying for their first Schengen visa or have not received a Schengen visa in the US since May 15, 2014 will need to apply in person with an appointment. If you qualify for mailing your visa application but prefer to file in person, you will need to schedule an appointment.

The appointment must be booked through www.swiss-visa.ch. It can be booked either right after submitting the online application or separately from the online application by itself.

The visa desk does not allow walk-ins. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to each member of a group application. No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or by phone.

We kindly ask you to schedule only one appointment per person. Please do not schedule several appointments for yourself. This leads to long waiting times for all visa applicants. We will only reschedule an existing appointment for emergency purposes.

If you need to cancel your appointment, please send an email to nyc.visa@eda.admin.ch with the Subject: Visa Appointment Cancellation.

The waiting time for an appointment may be up to 5 weeks, especially during the high season in summer or during the holiday season. Applicants are therefore advised to book their appointments as early as possible.

Please note that only complete applications will be processed. Should the application be incomplete, a new appointment will be needed in order to resubmit the application.

For residents of Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin please check Representation Agreement

Online visa application form

All applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, stays up to 90 days) should submit an online visa application form. Please go to www.swiss-visa.ch to submit your application. At the end of the process you have to print and submit the application.

Should you be unable to complete the online visa application you can also fill out the following application form.

Please note that you will be required to bring your complete application form with supporting documents to the visa desk at the time of your appointment.

Passport

Important notice: In order to apply for a visa, your passport must have been issued within the last ten years and must have at least two empty pages. A passport older than ten years that has been extended for a period exceeding ten years from the time of issuance cannot be accepted. Make sure your passport is signed.

Long stay visas (stays more than 90 days, Type D visa application)

There are different types of long stay visas, e.g. family reunion, student, work, international organizations, general residence. Some long stay visas are preapproved by the Swiss authorities and can be collected using a simple process at our consulate. Other long stay visa applications will need to be initiated at the Swiss Consulate in New York. For more information, please see here: visa information

Most type D visas can be filed and collected via mail. Should you wish to come in person to the Consulate you must schedule an appointment through www.swiss-visa.ch

Feel free to contact us via email at nyc.visa@eda.admin.ch with questions in regards to long stay visas. 

International Organizations (UN, WHO, IMO, CERN etc.)

Any internship or employment (less than 90 days as well as more than 90 days) at an international organization in Geneva requires a visa. Please contact us via email for more detailed information on how to obtain the visa (nyc.visa@eda.admin.ch).

Mailing

Passports with issued visas can be mailed back upon request. At the time of your application please provide a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope. Please use a secure carrier (Fedex and UPS preferred) with a tracking number. Applicants must indicate their name and address both as sender and recipient.

Important: The Swiss representation does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted or returned by mail.

Payment options

Exact cash and all major credit cards (except American Express and Discover) are accepted for persons who appear in person. If you apply by mail, the fees have to be paid by money order or cashier's check issued to "Consulate General of Switzerland". Personal checks are not accepted.