On November 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted, in part, the government’s motion for an emergency stay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii’s October 17, preliminary injunction of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P).  Nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen who do not have a credible claim to a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States are subject to the restrictions and limitations in the P.P. Nationals from North Korea and Venezuela remain subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link.

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Photo requirements have changed as of November 1, 2016. Eye glasses are no longer allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html

  NOTICE FOR VISA APPLICANTS WHO RESIDE IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION:  Individuals who normally reside in Russia, but who are unable to apply for a U.S. visa in a timely manner may submit their application at the U.S. visa-processing post in Switzerland.  Applicants are not required to be a resident of Switzerland to apply for a visa, but must be physically present in Switzerland at the time of visa application and visa interview, as we cannot accept mail-in applications from individuals while they are outside of Switzerland.  All applicants should include a local address in Switzerland/Lichtenstein – hotel, relative, office – when scheduling an appointment for a visa interview.

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.