Update for dual-nationals regarding recent U.S. Executive Order: Dual nationals with a valid passport issued by any country not restricted under the Executive Order may schedule appointments and apply for visas.U.S. embassies and consulates will process visa applications and issue visas to otherwise eligible applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from a restricted country.  Those who qualify for visas will be permitted to travel to and apply for admission to the United States. 

Urgent Notice: Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification.  If you are a national of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time. If you already have an appointment scheduled, please DO NOT ATTEND your appointment as we will not be able to proceed with your visa interview.  Please note that certain travel for official governmental purposes, related to official business at or on behalf of designated international organizations, on behalf of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or by certain officials is not subject to this suspension.  Please contact support-Switzerland@ustraveldocs.com to inform them of your appointment time and date and request cancellation. Please continue to monitor www.ustraveldocs.com/ch and travel.state.gov for further updates.

Starting November 1, 2016, eye glasses will no longer be allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html

Important Payment notice:

Please note that payments made through the Swiss Post Office will result in delays to your payment being registered. We strongly recommend that you pay using an alternate channel. Please enter your CGI Reference Number in the Message field on your online banking funds transfer page/bank receipt. Do not alter the CGI number or include any other information. If you do not include the CGI Reference, your payment will not be recognized.

Visa Waiver Program update:

If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at ceac.state.gov/genniv/, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status.

 More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Switzerland. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bern.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Switzerland.