Switzerland Business Visa

You may need to apply for a Switzerland business visa if you want to visit Switzerland for business. A businessman may use this visa to travel to Switzerland for business purposes such as company meetings, job interviews, or partnership meetings.

You’ll need to apply for a 90-day short-stay visa. The short-term visa is also called the Schengen visa.

Eligibility requirements

You must have a valid reason to visit the country.

 During your stay, you must have enough money to support yourself and any dependents.

You must have close ties to your home country, allowing you to return home at the end of your stay.

You must have a good reputation and no criminal history.

You must have a valid invitation from a legitimate company in the country with which you are doing /will do business.

Documents required
  • Valid passport with at least three months validity
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of having financial resources to pay for your return trip and stay in Switzerland
  • Travel insurance policy with a value of 30,000 pounds
  • Covering letter from your company in case you are travelling to Switzerland on behalf of their business
  • Invitation letter from the company you will be visiting with details of their address and dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer giving permission for your business travel and a Power of attorney from your company giving you full authority
  • Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies
  • Bank statement of the company for the last 3 months
  • Income tax returns of last three years
  • Company must give declaration for coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of civil status
Validity and processing time

You can stay for a maximum period of 90 days in Switzerland or any other country in the Schengen region with the business visa.

There are single-entry, double-entry, and multiple-entry Schengen Business visas available for Switzerland, so you can enter and exit the Schengen region as required. Even if you have a multiple-entry visa, the total number of days you will spend in Switzerland (or other Schengen countries) on all of your combined entries cannot exceed 90 days.

The processing time is between 10 to 15 days.

FAQ
What is the application process for the Switzerland business visa?

Make an appointment at the nearest embassy or consulate for a business visa in Switzerland.

Download and fill the Swiss business visa application form

Gather the documents you’ll need to apply for a business visa in Switzerland.

To submit your application, go to the Swiss embassy or consulate in person.

Attend the visa interview.

Pay the fees for a Swiss business visa.

Wait for your application to be reviewed and approved.

What is the difference between a long-term visa and a short-term visa for Switzerland?

Short-term visa for Switzerland allows you to travel to and stay in Switzerland – for purposes of tourism, business, or visit – for up to 90 days. The short-term visa is also called the Schengen visa.

Long-term visa, on the other hand, lets you travel to and stay in Switzerland for a duration exceeding 90 days. The long-term visa for Switzerland is also called the National visa.

After staying for three months on a long-term visa, they are required to leave the country for at least one month before returning back to the country.

When is the earliest I will be able to apply for a business visa to Switzerland?

A visa application, at the earliest, can be submitted three months prior to the date you wish to travel to Switzerland on business.

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