Visa Process for Schengen Visa applications (Type C, stays up to 90 days)
Effective May 15, 2014, all diplomatic and consular representations of the Schengen member states in the US will issue Schengen visas with biometric data (fingerprinting and facial image).
Schengen visa applicants within our jurisdiction (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Cayman Islands) will have to appear in person in Atlanta.
Frequent travelers to the Schengen Area do not have to be fingerprinted every time they apply for a new visa. Once fingerprints are collected, they will be saved and stored for up to 59 months.
In general, the processing takes about 2 weeks once the application is complete. This does not include the time for mailing. However, in some particular cases, the processing time might be longer, especially if the central authorities have to be consulted.
Visa Process for Long Stay Visas (Type D, stays of longer than 90 days)
Visa applications for stays longer than 90 days (family reunion, student, work, residence permit) do not require fingerprinting and therefore may be submitted by mail. The visa requirements can be found on the following link: Visa Application, National Visa Type D
Issued visa can be picked up in person or will be mailed back with a prepaid, self-addressed, envelope with tracking number which has to be provided by the applicant at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must indicate their name and address both as sender and recipient. It is recommended that applications are mailed with private delivery services such as FedEx or UPS as there were some issues with other carriers.
Important: The Swiss representation does not assume any liability for the loss of mailed documents.
There is no need for you to contact the Consulate General about the status of your application. This office will contact you if further action on your part is required or your application is processed. Please also do not inquire about the arrival of documents you might have sent - if you do send an email, you will receive an automatic reply confirming the receipt; if you have sent a letter, please track it with your tracking number.