Swiss visa desk in San Francisco

Schengen visa application for stays up to 90 days 

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to enter the Schengen Area vary depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason: Schengen visa requirements.

Online visa application form

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

Sign the printed PDF form and submit it to the Consulate  with all the required documents. Make sure you have the complete file with all the required documents or we may reject your application. Schengen visa requirements.

Personal Appearance

If your finger prints have not yet been collected, personal appearance is mandatory (absolutely no exceptions). You will need to schedule an appointment through: www.swiss-visa.ch.

If you had a Schengen visa issued in the US after May 15, 2014, your finger prints were collected and personal appearance is usually not necessary. Please mail in your complete Schengen application to our Consulate. Please provide a copy of your visa sticker issued after May 15, 2014, in addition to all other required documents, see here: Schengen visa requirements.  In case the previously collected finger prints prove to be of insufficient quality, you will still have to appear in person to give your finger prints. 

Personal appearance and finger prints is not necessary for children under the age of 12.

The Consulate still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application.

Appointment system

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

Appointments must be booked through www.swiss-visa.ch after submitting the online application (see online visa appliation form).

Walk-ins are not accepted. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to each member of a group application.  Do not schedule several appointments for the same person. No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail , at the counter or by phone. If you need to cancel an appointment, please write an email to sfr.visa@eda.admin.ch. To reschedule your appointment, the process through www.swiss-visa.ch has to be started again.

The waiting time for an appointment may be up to five weeks, especially during high season. It is suggested that you apply at least one month prior to departure, but not more than three months before the planned entry into the Schengen area.

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/missing photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to enter the Schengen Area vary depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason: Schengen visa requirements.

Requirements

Please check the leaflet related to your travel reason for the requested documents. If necessary, you may be requested to bring/send additional documents.
Schengen visa requirements

Travel and Health Insurance

A valid travel insurance for the entire Schengen territory is required. A letter from your insurance company mentioning the coverage of at least $ 40,000 or Euro 30,000 for any medical, evacuation and repatriation expenses during your whole stay has to be presented. A photocopy of your insurance card will not suffice. The insurance coverage letter is compulsory. If your insurance company does not provide such a letter or such coverage, please purchase an international insurance. Seven Corners, Axa assistance, MEDEX, IMG, among others meet the Schengen requirements. Applicants missing this document will systematically have their visa denied.

Passport

You vaild passport must have been issued within the last ten years and must have at least two empty pages. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay.

A passport that has been extended for a period exceeding ten years from the time of issuance cannot be accepted. Please make sure your passport is signed.

Questions

General visa questions are not answered. Only if you have a specific question that is not answered on our website, may your write an email to sfr.visa@eda.admin.ch or call the visa desk Monday through Friday between 1pm and 2pm only at 415-788-2272.

 

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

Only duly completed applications are accepted. Incomplete applications (items not presented/mising photocopies) will be returned to the applicant without being processed. The requirements to obtain a long term visa vary, depending on the reason of your travel. Please check the leaflet related to your reason of stay.
National visa requirements.

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 appliations will need to be initiated at the Swiss Consulate in San Francisco. For more information, please see here: visa information: National visa for a stay of more than 90 days.

Please mail in your complete long stay visa application to our Consulate. The Swiss representation still reserves the right to ask the applicant to appear for a personal interview after checking the application. 

Your valid passport must have been issued within the last ten years and must have at least two empty pages. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay.

A passport that has been extended for a period exceeding ten years from the time of issuance cannot be accepted. Please make sure your passport is signed. 

General visa questions are not answered. Only if you have a specific question that is not answered on our website, may you write an email to sfr.visa@eda.admin.ch or call the visa desk Monday through Friday between 1pm and 2pm only at 415-788-2272.

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  (sfr.visa@eda.admin.ch).

Mailing

Passports with issued visas can be mailed back upon request.  Please provide a prepaid,  self-addressed return envelope at the time of your application. Please use a secure carrier (Fedex preferred, UPS and USPS ok) 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)  are accepted for persons who appear in person. If you apply by mail, fees have to be paid by money order or cashier's check issued to "Consulate General of Switzerland". No personal checks are accepted. Look up the current Schengen visa fee or National visa fee. As of March 26, 2018, you have the alternative option to pay by credit card already when completing your online Schengen visa application through www.swiss-visa.ch.