Switzerland Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for
Swiss Student Visa Requirements for US Citizens:
A student visa is required to enroll in a course of study in Switzerland.
Original, signed passport plus two photocopies of passport information pages. Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond stay, with at least one blank visa page available for visa stamp(s). Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for visa stamps. Please note: You may submit photocopies of your passport to begin this process and send the original passport to Travisa at a later date to receive the visa stamp if you need to travel during the long processing time to obtain this visa.
Swiss Visa Application Form:
Three properly completed and signed student (type D) visa application forms per applicant, plus one copy. Improperly completed forms may delay the processing of your visa.
Four recent 2 x 2 passport type photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.
OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
- Two copies of confirmation/registration letter from the school or university in Switzerland
- Two copies of confirmation of payment of school tuition fees
- A statement containing exact details of income and assets, with official proof and/or bank
statements (2 copies each)
- Two copies of previous diplomas and school certificates
- Two copies of a written confirmation that the applicant will leave Switzerland after he/she
completes the chosen course study
- Two copies of a resume (biographical data, schools attended, etc.)
- Two copies of a brief essay on the applicant's future plans
Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
Swiss Visa Processing Time:
Student visa application information will be forwarded for a decision to the competent cantonal foreign police where you intend to study. The Embassy or Consulate of Switzerland will only be able to issue the visa upon receipt of authorization from Switzerland. Please note that the procedure takes at least 8 to 10 weeks.
In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).
Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.