There are two types of visa:
- Short term Schengen visa (visa C) < 90 days
- Long term national visa (visa D) >90 days
Short term Schengen visa (visa C) < 90 days
The Schengen visa must always be applied for at the Embassy/Consulate of the Schengen state in which most of the time will be spent (for ex.: if somebody plans to stay five days in Switzerland and ten days in Italy, the visa application needs to be submitted to the Italian Embassy/Consulate).
At the appointment, the applicant must bring to the Embassy of Switzerland, a complete application with the supporting documents as per the applicable requirement list at the end of this page, including printed form from the online application website, original passport and cash/cheque for the visa fee. The applicant will be interviewed and the biometric data (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph) will be registered.
Visa processing time is ten working days and sometimes it may take considerably longer depending on the nationality of the applicant. It is suggested that the visa be applied for at least one month prior to departure, but not more than three months before the planned entry.