Switzerland is known for its reputation for business opportunities. With several large companies such as Hublot, Swatch, Nestle, Novartis, etc being headquartered in the country, people have been using the Switzerland business visa to enter the country to take part in business-related activities.
More commonly known as the Switzerland Schengen business visa, this category of the Schengen C visa is issued for individuals visiting the country for the purpose of engaging in business in Switzerland. It is issued for a stay duration of up to 90 days in a 180-day period and can be available as a single-entry type, double-entry type, and multiple-entries. Being a Schengen permit, you are allowed to travel through the Schengen area with this permit.
The applications for the Switzerland business visa from India is done through the VACs (Visa Application Center). The application has to be made offline. Before starting the Switzerland business visa application, ensure that you check if you are eligible for the business category. After that, you may proceed with the application as follows -
Keep in mind that if you have submitted your biometrics for a Schengen visa in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. In that case, you may send your application through a third party, provided that they carry a letter of authorization signed by you. Also, note that you must submit only genuine documents and correct information. Providing fake documents or false information can lead to visa rejection.
To be able to apply for the business permit, you must meet the following conditions -
Proof of occupation such as employment letter, Copy of business license, etc.
Financial documents such as bank statements of the past 3 months, Passbook copy, ITR, etc.
The processing time for the Swiss business visa is normally around 7-10 working days. However, this may vary depending on several factors such as the number of entries, the validity of the permit, the volume of applications at the embassy, as well as your previous travel history, etc. As a result, it is suggested that you make the application well in advance.
The fees for the Swiss business visa depends on a few parameters such as the embassy’s decision and the currency exchange rates. Apart from the application fee, the total fees include the biometric charges, number of entries, as well as any other service charges. As a result, it is suggested that you check the exact amount before applying.
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6390.0|
|Multiple entry Normal||90 days||3 months||6390.0|
Once you have submitted the application for the business permit, it is then processed at the Embassy of Switzerland. Even though you have submitted it at a VAC, they will then forward it to the embassy in New Delhi. Note that the VAC has no decision making power over the processing. This is solely in the hands of the Embassy.
Once the visa is approved, you can pick up the passport directly from the VAC, or you can have the VAC deliver it to you for an additional delivery charge.
You can check the status of your business permit application by clicking here and entering your reference number and date of birth. You may also check your status by contacting your travel agency and have them track it for you.
On successfully obtaining your visa, you must keep in mind the following points to ensure that you have a pleasant stay -
As per the regulations, It is not possible to extend the Swiss business permit under normal conditions as it is a Schengen short term category. Although, in certain cases such as a Force Majeure, or other humanitarian reasons, you may be granted an extension. In all other cases, you must not try to extend the visa and must leave the country before expiry.
As per the regulations, there is no exact amount of funds you must possess in order to get a Swiss business visa. As per the requirements, you must show that you have a steady and stable bank account and that you have enough money to support your stay in Switzerland. Depending on the applied stay duration, you must have enough funds for the entire period. These include expenses such as food, accommodation, travel, etc.
Once you have expired the business permit, you are not supposed to stay back in the country for any amount of time. As per the laws, you must leave the country before the exact expiry date. Staying back in Switzerland after this period is considered as an offence, and can get you deported, and in some other cases even be banned from entering the Schengen region again.
Since the Swiss business visa is issued only for a short term stay of fewer than 90 days, there are no mandatory medical test requirements. The long term categories may require medical tests as per the individual type. Either way, it is recommended that you get a health checkup before travelling to a new country.
No, it is not possible to convert a Schengen business permit for Switzerland into another type. You are also not allowed to take part in paid work while you are on this permit. You may, however, take part in unpaid voluntary work. If you do require to work, you must apply for a Switzerland work visa once you are back in your home country.
Yes, you are allowed to travel to other Schengen countries on this. Being a member of the Schengen, Switzerland participates in a visa-free agreement with other Schengen countries. However, you can travel only to the European countries that are also a part of the Schengen. Apart from these, there are a few non-European countries that allow you to enter them with a Schengen visa. Eg:- Croatia.
The normal processing time taken by the embassy is around 7-10 working days. This, however, is excluding the transit time for the application to reach the embassy. Applications made at the VAC in New Delhi will be sent to the Embassy the next working day. However, applications to other VACs across the country can take longer to reach the embassy. As a result, you must apply with sufficient time of at least 15 working days in advance. Also, note that you cannot make the application before more than 3 months of the intended travel date.