Online visa application and appointment system
Starting June 10, 2015, all applicants for a Schengen visa (type C, for stays of up to 90 days) can submit an online visa application and book their appointment online with the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. Please note that you will be required to bring your complete application with the supporting documents to the visa desk for your interview.
To start your online application and to book your appointment, please visit www.swiss-visa.ch
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.
Should you need further assistance with your visa application you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call us Monday through Friday between 1pm and 2pm only at 415-788-2272.
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. However, if you decide to apply in person you will need to schedule an appointment. The visa requirements can be found on the following link: Work Visa and long stay Visa
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 (California, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) will have to appear in person with an appointment at our office.
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.