Embassy of Switzerland in the U.S

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The embassy supports cooperation between Switzerland and the U.S. In this respect, close contact with the respective ministries of economic affairs is important. Bilateral meetings organised by the embassy are used to strengthen relations between Switzerland and the U.S.

Embassy of Switzerland
2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20008-3499
United States of America

Phone: +1 202 745 7900 // Fax:+1 202 387 2564

General inquires: was.information@eda.admin.ch
(Media inquiries): was.media@eda.admin.ch

Visa inquiries: was.visa@eda.admin.ch

Opening hours for Consular Affairs: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Telephone hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST; Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST

Helpline FDFA:  Matters relating to consular services

Tel. +41 800 24-7-365 or

Tel. +41 58 465 33 33

The Swiss Ambassador Martin Dahinden: On November 18, 2014 Mr. Martin Dahinden presented his credentials to United States President Barack Obama and has now formally assumed his position as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States of America. Prior to that, he served as Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 2008 to 2014 and headed the Directorate of Corporate Management of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) from 2004 to 2008. Martin Dahinden was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1955. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics (Business Administration) from the University of Zurich. Before joining the diplomatic service, he worked as a postgraduate assistant at the university, and was then employed by a bank and a publishing house. Ambassador Dahinden is married to Anita Dahinden and they have two children, Robert and Andrea.

Consulate General of Switzerland in New York
633 Third Avenue, 30th floor
New York, NY 10017-6706
United States of America

  • Phone: +1 212 599 5700
  • Fax: +1 212 599 4266
  • Email: nycver@eda.admin.ch
  • Emergencies outside the office hours: Follow the answering machine instructions Or contact Helpline EDA
    Tel: +41 800 24 7 365
    Fax: +41 (0) 31 322 78 66

Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta
1349 W Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30309
United States of America

  • Phone: +1 404 870 2000
  • Fax: +1 404 870 2011
  • Email: atl.vertretung@eda.admin.ch
  • Swiss Passports: passatlanta@eda.admin.ch
  • Civil Matters: atl.civil@eda.admin.ch
  • Visa: visaatlanta@eda.admin.ch
  • Trade/Commerce (GA, FL, AL, MS, NC, SC, TN): Kimberly Roth Shulman – imberly.shulman@eda.admin.ch
  • Trade/Commerce (TX, OK, AR, LA): Scot Orgish – scot.orgish@eda.admin.ch

Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles
11859 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 501
Los Angeles, CA 90025
United States of America

  • Phone: +1 310 575 1145
  • Fax: +1 310 575 1982
  • Email: los.vertretung@eda.admin.ch
  • Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco
    Pier 17, Suite 600
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Phone: +1 415 788 2272
  • Fax:+1 415 788 1402
  • Email: sfr.vertretung@eda.admin.ch
  • Emergencies outside office hours: Follow the answering machine instructions Or contact
    Helpline EDA
    Tel: +41 800 24 7 365 or
    Tel: +41 58 465 33 33
    skype: helpline-eda
    Fax: +41 58 462 78 66
    E-Mail:helpline@eda.admin.ch

Consular district: District of Columbia (DC) and the States of Delaware (DE), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Maryland (MD), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV), Northern Mariana Islands (MP) and Guam (GU)

Visa – Entry to and residence in Switzerland: Various regulations apply for entering Switzerland. A basic distinction is made between citizens of the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries and those of other countries. The State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) is the responsible authority in Switzerland.

Since Switzerland’s adherence to the Schengen and Dublin agreements came into force (12 December 2008), Swiss representations abroad are able to issue certain types of visa, depending on the purpose of the intended stay in Switzerland. Please select one of the following options.

Schengen visa for a stay of up to 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a short stay of up to 90 days within a 180-day period: for example, in a context of tourism, a visit to relatives or friends, short-term language studies, participating in a conference or in sporting/cultural events, etc.

CategoryAmount in USD
Adults (12 years old and older)67.00
Children (6 – 11 years old)39.00
Children (younger than 6 years old)free
Spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationals; CERN and UN personnel (official trips only); students who study in Switzerland for only up to 90 daysfree
Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova, Russia and Georgia39.00
  • The fee can be paid by Master- or Visacard, exact cash or money order (made out to the competent Consulate General or the Embassy of Switzerland) when submitting the application.

National visa for a stay of more than 90 days

For persons wishing to enter Switzerland for a stay of more than 90 days within a 180-day period. It is subject to the authorisation of the cantonal migration authority competent for the intended place of residence. For example: long-term student, family reunification, marriage in Switzerland, etc. The fee for the visa is due at the time the application is submitted and is not refundable. If you withdraw the application or it is rejected the fee will not be reimbursed.The Swiss representation reserves the right to adapt the amounts of the fees at any time in relation with exchange rate fluctuations.

CategoryAmount in USD
Adults (12 years old and older)67.00
Children (6 – 11 years old)39.00
Children (younger than 6 years old)free
Spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationals; CERN and UN personnel (official trips only); students who study in Switzerlandfree

 

Airport transit visa

For citizens of certain countries who need a transit visa even if they are staying in the international transit area of the airport and do not enter the Schengen territory. The fee for the visa is due at the time the application is submitted and is not refundable. If you withdraw the application or it is rejected the fee will not be reimbursed. The Swiss representation reserves the right to adapt the amounts of the fees at any time in relation with exchange rate fluctuations.

CategoryAmount in USD
Adults (12 years old and older)67.00
Children (6 – 11 years old)39.00
Children (younger than 6 years old)free
Spouses and children of Swiss and EU/EFTA nationalsfree

Labour / Work permits

Admission of foreign workers to an employer in Switzerland is subject to the authorisation of the competent cantonal authority. The entry visa is granted only when the requested authorisations have been delivered.

Fee for visa: $67

Authorized Visa

For applicants whose work or residence permit request was submitted directly in Switzerland and has been authorized by the cantonal migration office. The time needed for a visa request to be processed may vary from case to case. It is therefore strongly recommended to take the necessary steps well in advance, so that the visa can be issued in the time required.

Visa for persons who have already received an authorization from a Swiss cantonal authority: One week

Information and contacts

  • Information and contact points for conditions of entry into and residence in Switzerland are the Swiss representation abroad covering your country of residence, the State Secretariat for Migration and the cantonal offices for migration.
  • Information on the subject of stays and/or entry requirements for Switzerland can be found on the following pages:
  • Swiss representations abroad: General questions on entry and visa requirements for people wishing to live abroad
  • State Secretariat for Migration: Information can be provided by telephone for the following: Visas (no return visa), Labour market (general questions) and Entry (of persons).
  • For other matters, please send your questions in writing (also by regular post) to the corresponding authority.

Address
State Secretariat for Migration
Quellenweg 6
CH-3003 Bern-Wabern

Office hours for phone inquiries:  Monday- Friday from 9 till 11 a.m. and from 2 till 4 p.m.

Reception:
T el: +41 58 465 11 11
Fax:  +41 58 465 93 79
Source: https://www.eda.admin.ch