Swiss visa desk in Atlanta

Appointments and Inquiries

Until August 31, 2015, all appointments for a Schengen visa (type C) must be scheduled in advance by telephone. Please call us Monday through Thursday between 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. at 404-870-2002

Starting on September 1st, 2015, all appointments for a Schengen visa (type C) can be booked online. Please visit www.swiss-visa.ch.  

The visa desk does not accept walk-ins. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to general inquiries and pre-authorized visas. No visa can be issued on the same day. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday between 8:30a.m. - 11:30a.m. No appointments are available on Fridays.

Prior to making your appointment, you are strongly advised to read the requirements relating to the visa type you wish to apply for and prepare the requested application form and all the supporting documents in advance. 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. Please refer to the general visa information.

For visa inquiries please email us at visaatlanta@eda.admin.ch or call us Monday through Thursday between 3:00p.m. - 4:00p.m at 404-870-2008.

Visa Process for Schengen Visa applications (Type C, stays up to 90 days and 120-day work visa)

Until August 31, 2015, all applicants need to print and complete the Schengen visa application form and submit it with all necessary supporting documents to the appointment.

Starting on September 1, 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa can submit a visa application and book their appointment online with the Consulate General of Switzerland Atlanta. To start your online application and/or to book your appointment please visit www.swiss-visa.ch.

Please note that you will be required to bring your printed application and supporting documents to your appointment at which point your biometric data will also be taken.

Effective May 15, 2014, all diplomatic and consular representations of the Schengen member states in the US 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. 

The Swiss Visa Desk can only accept applications from persons whose main destination is Switzerland.

Schengen Regulation (Visakodex)

  1. If the travel destination is one Member State, that Member State's consulate must deal with the application.

  2. If the travel destination includes more than one Member State, the application must be dealt with by the consulate of the main destination. The main destination is understood to be the destination where the applicant intends to spend the longest time or where the main purpose of the intended journey is carried out.

  3. If no main destination can be determined, the consulate of the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross first, must deal with the application (point of first entry).

Visa Process for National Visas (Type D, stays of longer than 90 days, except 120-day work visas)

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. However, if you decide to apply in person you will need to schedule an appointment at www.swiss-visa.ch. The visa requirements can be found on the following link: Visa Application, National Visa Type D

General Information

Issued visas 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.

In general, the processing time 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.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. 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.