Swiss visa desk in New York

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).

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.

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.

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 link: 

Visa information

To schedule an appointment, please call our appointment hotline on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, except public holidays, between 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (EST). No appointments will be scheduled by e-mail, at the counter or through another phone line: +1 917-289-9947.

Should you need further assistance with your visa application you can email us at or you may call us Monday - Thursday between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at +1 212 599 5700 ext. 2063 (for specific visa questions only, no appointments can be scheduled through this phone line). 

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 mail. However, if the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York considers it necessary, an interview in person might be required. If you prefer to apply in person you will need to schedule an appointment.


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.