Depending on your place of residence, you can submit your visa application (for the study visa to Switzerland or the short-term visa to Liechtenstein) either:
- directly at a Swiss representation abroad;
- by filling out the visa application online;
- at an external visa service provider;
- at the representation of another Schengen State.
Applications are submitted, usually in person, so sent by mail one are not accepted for consideration: this applies to both Switzerland tourist visas and study visas in category D (permit B). On behalf of minors, their parents or guardians can fill in an applications. The application can be filled in on behalf of near relation, but you need to document the relation degree and authorisation letter.
Authorisation letters are not required only for spouses and parents of minor children. For business categories, it is allowed to submit the document packages by couriers or employees of the company in which the applicant works. In this case, you need to issue an authorization letter on the company letterhead, but you do not need to notarise it.
A study visa with the ability to stay in the country for less than 90 days (Schengen with category C).
For organizers of language summer camps and other institutions: there is no need to send a confirmation of planned education in Switzerland and a document of enrolment in educational institutions or summer camps, either by fax or by e-mail. Originals must be kept by a student who requires a study visa to Switzerland.
You’ll need to apply for a visa through the Swiss embassy in your home country.
For a national study visa in Switzerland, we recommend enclosing a bank statement officially authorized by the Swiss embassy. Full list here http: //www.finma.ch/e/beaufsichtigte/bewilligungst ...
Additional information for all categories:
- The work is prohibited without permission or a request: a visa for study in Switzerland in category D (permit B) permits education only.
- Documents can be submitted 3 months before visiting the country. But exceptions are possible, which are individually considered at the consulate.
- The Consulate does not guarantee the issuance of a visa, including a study visa to Switzerland, and is not liable for financial losses after a refusal. When the documents are sent abroad, the period for their processing can be extended by 90 days.
- When sending documents, the applicant pays a postage of 5 CHF.
- There is no legal effect of the seal, which is put on the passport to confirm the submission of the request.
- If a negative decision is reached, the applicant receives an official refusal. Within 30 days after the day of his/her notification, the applicant has the right to appeal. For this purpose, a letter is written in one of the state languages of Switzerland and a cash advance of 150CHF is made.
VCs often change the nuances for the execution of cover letters and filing of documents, so all questions need to be clarified in advance in the visa center or with SMAPSE manager.