Swiss visa desk in New York

Important Change:

Online visa application and appointment system

Starting on 3rd of August 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, for stays of up to 90 days) can submit a visa application and book their appointment online with the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York. Please note that you will still need to come to this Consulate in person in order to go through the visa-interview, lodge the printed application form and the supporting documents, pay the visa fee and register your biometric data (fingerprints).

To start your online application and to book your appointment, please visit www.swiss-visa.ch.

No appointments can be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or by phone.

The visa desk does not allow walk-ins. Each individual applicant requires an appointment. This also applies to general inquiries and pick up of pre-authorized visas. Please note that 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.

The Consulate strongly advises 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 also note that only applicants residing in the consular district of the Consulate General in New York can submit their application in New York. If you are not sure where to apply, please follow this link.

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 whose external border the applicant intends to cross first, must deal with the application (point of first entry).

 

Visa process for Schengen Visa applications (Type C, stays up to 90 days)

Schengen visa applicants within our jurisdiction (New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) will have to appear in person with an appointment at our office.

Prior to making your appointment, you are strongly advised to read the requirements relating to the visa type you wish to apply for. Please consult the general visa information

Important notice for applicants living in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin :

In place of the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the Consulate General of Lithuania in Chicago, IL represents Switzerland for the purpose of examining applications and issuing visas for short stays of up to 90 days within a 180-day period in the Schengen area for:

  • Tourism
  • Business
  • Visits

Except for:

  • visa applications for short stays linked to a gainful activity (including chauffeurs and journalists);
  • visa applications for short stays for medical purposes;
  • visa applications for short stays lodged by citizens of the following countries: State of Eritrea, the Republic of Irak, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Federal Republic of Somalia;
  • the issuance of a visa with limited territorial validity (except when linked to art. 25 (3) of the Visa Code);
  • Visa applications filed by holders of diplomatic, service or special passports who are not citizens of the United States of America;
  • Visa applications filed by holders of an ordinary passport who intend to enter Switzerland for an official purpose, including attendance at international conferences, and who are not citizens of the United States of America.

The Consulate General of Lithuania in Chicago, IL can be reached at:

Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania
211 E. Ontario, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60611

E-Mail: cons.chicago@mfa.lt; kons.cikaga@urm.lt
Phone: +1 (312) 397-0382, ext. 201 or ext. 207
Fax: +1 (312) 397-0385

Website Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania

 

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; therefore, may be submitted by registered mail/FedEx/UPS.

For further information, please visit https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/usa/en/home/visa/entry-residency/visa.html

However, if the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York considers it necessary, an interview in person might be required.


Specific visa inquiries:

For specific visa inquiries contact the Consulate by email at nyc.visa@eda.admin.ch. No visa information will be given by phone.

The Consulate strongly advises to read the visa information  before contacting the visa section.

Please do not contact the Consulate about the status of your application - as soon as your application has been submitted, no more contact from the applicants side should be attempted; the Consulate will contact you if needed. Furthermore do not inquire about the arrival of documents you might have sent - if you sent an email, you will receive an automatic reply confirming the receipt; if you have sent a letter, please track it with your tracking number.
 

Mailing

Since visas are not processed on the same day, passports can be mailed back upon request. Please submit a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope with a tracking number, along with the rest of the required documents.

The Consulate General does not assume any liability for the loss of documents submitted by mail.