Have you just dreamt all your life to zip line through the valleys of the Swiss Alps? Have the quaint towns of Interlaken and Lucerne been your calling for a relaxed vacation with family? Pack up and book tickets to the world’s most favourite holiday destination, Switzerland! Are you facing difficulty in arranging for the Schengen Visa for Switzerland? Are you not getting an appointment date? Don’t let this dampen your spirits for your dream getaway this summer!
Just above half a million Schengen visas for Switzerland were applied in 2017 and about 7.25% were rejected. With such statistics, it is no surprise that getting an appointment date is getting difficult by the day. We can imagine the concern this can cause as it cuts alarmingly close to your travel dates.
This is just why we are here! This article will help you get a Schengen visa appointment and what to do when there are no appointments available.
How to get Czech Schengen visa appointment – The Basics
Before you plan for a Schengen visa, it is important to bear in mind that no walk-ins are allowed. This means that you are required to get an appointment before submitting your Schengen visa application. You can get an appointment at two places:
Directly with the consulate
Via authorized third party visa processing companies such as VFSGlobal
The appointment is subject to availability, at VFSGlobal. Although, VFSGlobal is known to have a bandwidth to support at least 100 applicants every day. VFSGlobal also charges a ‘handling fee’ of 25$ or above for the same.
If you are planning on visiting multiple Schengen countries, then you also have to make sure to apply to the right Schengen consulate.
Once you have ensured that you have selected the right consulate, you will then need to select the right jurisdiction. You have to find the nearest consulate with whom you will apply for the Schengen visa for Switzerland. Head to our website for more articles on each consulate.
Click here to know more about applying for Switzerland Schengen visa.
What to do when Switzerland Schengen visa appointment dates are unavailable?
Here we have a few things you can do if you are not getting a Schengen visa appointment date:
Try another jurisdiction
If you are not able to get an appointment in your current jurisdiction, you could try with another jurisdiction. The success rate of this working out varies depending on the number of applications at the consulates as these consulates are booked well in advance.
Look for another main Schengen Consulate
As per observation, the main Schengen countries like France, Italy, Germany have a large influx of visa applicants every year and hence may be booked out for a period of time. So we advise you to look to apply to countries like Slovakia or Malta as they receive fewer applications on a yearly basis.
Showing a tentative travel plan to that country through pre-booked flight tickets and hotel bookings can help you get an appointment date earlier. Head on to our website to secure flight and hotel bookings.
Once you receive a confirmation for the visa, you can travel to the Schengen country and move in an around as you please.
Wait for a cancellation of another Switzerland Schengen visa appointment
When all else has failed, you can always wait for a cancellation of an appointment date for Schengen visa. For this, we suggest that you keep multiple tabs open for all the consulates in your city. Watch diligently and do not forget to refresh. Although risky, we suggest that you do not discard this option as, many times we have had our customers secure an appointment date by waiting patiently. We have a team dedicated just for this so that you may get an appointment at your earliest convenience.
If you are interested in this service, please fill our Schengen visa appointment form and we will have our agents help you with this.
Do you want us to get you your Switzerland Schengen visa appointment?
In the case that you still don’t get an appointment for Switzerland Schengen visa, we can help you get one in the countries below:
If you are applying from USA as a green card holder, head to our website to know more about applying for Switzerland Schengen visa.
This service is provided by us typically to corporate employees who usually need a visa within a short span of 1-2 weeks. However, this option may be subject to the availability of slots in your preferred consulate, but we will try to get you an appointment in nearby consulates as well.
The fees for a Schengen visa appointment is not fixed by us as the fee usually varies depending on the region where they operate. For our service, we charge a flat $35 fee on top of this quote. Fret not, you will only be charged a nominal fee of $10 upon filling the below form. The balance amount needs to be paid only when we have an appointment ready for you.
Please follow the below steps to get your Schengen visa appointment done with us :
First, fill the form and make the initial payment through direct bank transfer or via PayPal. You will receive an email from our end with a form and other details.
We will respond to you with the availability of an appointment slot, city and the price for the appointment, within 8 hours.
Once we receive a confirmation from your end, we will get you an appointment with the reference number to verify.
There you have it! You can now attend the visa appointment and fly off to your destination!
FAQs on Schengen Visa
Read through the following section to have some FAQs answered.
Can you help me get my Schengen visa appointment for Switzerland?
Of course! We can most definitely assist you in getting an appointment for Schengen visa for Switzerland. We will also handle the request for your family. For this, just fill the form below:
I am under 18 years of age. Do I require specific documents?
We will require your legal guardian to grant parental consent on a proper letterhead with his/her signature that states that he/she bears all responsibility for the minor. We will also require a copy of your guardian’s passport.
Where can I verify the appointment?
You can verify the appointment on the government or the VFS website.
What can I be asked in the interview?
You can be asked questions about your stay plans, trip itinerary and other travel related questions.
Can I get an appointment for the whole family?
No, you are required to make individual appointments for each member of your family. However, if you wish to make an appointment with VFSglobal, then you can take 5 appointments from a single account. But the dates of all the 5 appointments may vary as they may all not be available on one day.
How long does it typically take to get a Schengen visa appointment date?
We typically take 8-10 hours to get you an appointment date, as we need to check with every consulate.
When do I have to pay, once I have received the appointment date?
At VFSGlobal, we make about 250 appointments a day. On a day when there is high demand, you will have less than an hour to make the payment and complete the appointment. If we do not receive a confirmation from you within an hour, we will have to provide the appointment to someone else. Our reseller can also put the appointment to auction sometimes and usually, we always have takers.
How long does it take for the visa to be processed?
We advise proposed applicants to book appointments at least 24 hours before submission. The visa processing can be completed 10 days prior to the date of travel. VFS receives the last batch of passports from the concerned embassy at 4:30 pm every day. All passports are then dispatched on that evening and delivered the next day.
What do I do if my visa application gets canceled?
We advise you to revisit the rejection letter to identify the cause of rejection. If the submitted documents were incorrect, you can apply to the same consulate or another embassy again for a visa. In this case, you will be treated as a new applicant.
Can I pay higher fees and get the appointment for Switzerland Schengen Visa?
No, you will have to wait your turn since we operate purely on first come first serve basis.
In which countries do you provide the Schengen Visa appointment booking service?
We currently operate in India, US and UK.
What is the accepted mode of payment?
Currently, we accept payment through PayPal or Western Union. We do also accept direct bank transfer.
Can I sign my own company letter?
No. The company letter must be signed by your partner or employer. Letters signed by the applicant will not be accepted.
Can I make an appointment for multiple applicants?
It is difficult to get multiple appointments in one day. In case of more than 3 or 4 applicants at a time, we can provide appointments on different dates or at different consulates.
How much does it cost to get a Schengen Visa appointment?
The cost to get an appointment varies from consulate to consulate. It also depends on the urgency of getting an appointment date. The earlier the request for a date, the more expensive it gets. We charge $35 as service fee.
Do I need to have a travel insurance for Switzerland?
The proof of travel insurance for Switzerland must cover emergency medical expenses and costs of repatriation up to a minimum of 30,000 Euros.
Will the appointment booking be refundable?
The booking fee is refundable only if you cancel the booking before we get you an appointment or if we are unable to find you a slot. However, if we make an appointment, we will not be able to refund you.
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