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Non-EU applying for a student visa - many questions

Hi all. I thought this might be the place to post, since I need to pay a tuition bill to get my visa. The bill is in French. I Google translated and I think this is the part that tells me where to send it ("from abroad"):

Paiement depuis l'étranger en CHF au nom de l'EPFL, auprès de : Swiss Post, Postfinance SA, Mingerstrasse 20, CH-3030 Berne Swift/BIC : POFICHBEXXX, IBAN : CH89 0900 0000 1761 1378 1




But, that doesn't look like an address, with "Swiss Post." The internet says that https://www.postfinance.ch/ is some kind of online payment service, but I can't find a button to register for it.

Google says I'm to pay "from" that address/bank account/whatever, but thought I should wire money there. I tried with Bank of America, using the "business" address:

Name: EPFL
Address: Swiss Post, Postfinance SA
City: Berne, Country: Switzerland, Postal Code: CH-3030

IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 1761 1378 1



SWIFT Code: POFICHBEXXX

(Is that the right format?) but my bank told me "We found no bank matching the SWIFT Code or National ID you entered. If using a SWIFT Code, please ensure that it is either 8 or 11 characters with the 6 leading characters as alpha and no spaces."

So I got a drop down menu of bank names, but Swiss Post isn't in there. Postfinance AG is, but not Postfinance SA. It also wants the "bank" street address (maybe this is where I'm supposed to put the above address)?

Any help would be wonderful!
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Old 27.03.2015, 22:46
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Re: How do I pay my tuition bill (for a visa)?

You have the IBAN, you can make a payment via internet banking.
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Re: How do I pay my tuition bill (for a visa)?

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So I got a drop down menu of bank names, but Swiss Post isn't in there. Postfinance AG is, but not Postfinance SA. It also wants the "bank" street address (maybe this is where I'm supposed to put the above address)?
Can't help you with the rest, but Postfinance AG / Postfinance SA is the same thing, AG being the German version, SA the same in French.

Best of luck!
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Re: How do I pay my tuition bill (for a visa)?

Make a bank transfer using the details from the bill, not the one you found.

To (name): Swiss Post, Postfinance SA,
Mingerstrasse 20,
CH-3030 Berne
Swift/BIC : POFICHBEXXX,
IBAN : CH89 0900 0000 1761 1378 1

Mark it "in favour of EPFL" so they know which account the payment is for.

Mingerstrasse 20 is the street part of the address.
Use the IBAN number if you can rather than the Swift/BIC one.

If you can't do it online, go into a Bank of America branch and organise it that way.
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Re: How do I pay my tuition bill (for a visa)?

Thanks all!
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Student visa question

Hi all,

I'm coming to Switzerland for a Master's degree and trying to fill out the visa application. They want to know how long I'll be in Switzerland. It's a 2 (academic) year degree, with an optional French course before it starting on August 17. I have a scholarship that runs from Sept 15 2015-July 15 2017 (I think - my documentation says it's until July 15 2016 and is renewable for a 2nd year).

Can I apply for a visa for 24 months starting from the day before the French course starts? My scholarship ends July 15, so I assume I'll be done by then (23 months from the start of the French course), but that may just be the last time I get paid. It would really be terrible if I were forced to leave before everything was finished.

Thanks.
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Re: Student visa question

Connect the Uni and ask them the official end date of your course.

You can't get a 24 month visa. You will get a single entry visa and once you get here you will get a residence permit valid for the length of your studies.
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The school told me to apply for a multiple entry visa - is that not correct?

I'm doing the national type D long stay visa application form.

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Old 15.04.2015, 23:30
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Re: Student visa question

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The school told me to apply for a multiple entry visa - is that not correct?

I'm doing the national type D long stay visa application form.
The type D-visa is for a single entry, long-term stay. Once here you go to the local municipality and apply for your residence permit, which then allows you to enter and exit pretty much as much as you want.
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Re: Student visa question

Ah, ok. Thanks. This is such a process!
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Hi again!

So, I figured out how to gather all the documents required for the visa. Now I just need to know where to send it. I live in NY, so I will need to apply there.

This website: https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u.../new-york.html

Has the following "contact" address:
Consulate General of Switzerland
633 Third Avenue, 30th floor
New York, NY 10017-6706
United States of America

Is that the address to send the application documents to? I can't find anything that says "if you're in the NY region, send your app HERE!"

Also:

https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/u...visa-fees.html

Says there's an additional $5 charge - "Additional postage fee for long stay visa application (work, student, residence - Visa type D): only if the application to the cantonal authorities is submitted through a representation of Switzerland and not made directly through the futur employer or university)"

I have no idea what this means and I've spent weeks on this process - I don't think my school is going to submit anything for me, though. If I just send them the extra $5, will they reject my application if I don't actually need it?

Thanks.

Oh, and will I have to give any information to get a money order? And what information do I give?

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Re: Address of NY Visa office to send app? + Fees

(Sigh), yes that is the address you send the application to.

No idea about the extra 5 bucks. Give them a call and find out for sure.

I assume the money order will have to be attached to the application.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_order
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