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How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Hello.

I come from country, nationals of which need to get Switzerland visa. So, most of my friends and relatives whom I would like to invite for a short stay need to get a visa.

As I have B permit for stay, I suppose, I can help them to get visitor visa.

Anyone knows the procedure?

As far as I know, I should just compose an invitation letter, state that I have enough money to support visitor during his stay, and mail this (with copy of my permit) to the respective embassy.

So.. as my German is almost zero, could anyone help with invitation letter example? Especially if you were successful in getting visa for a friend .

Thanks!
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

AFAIK you need to deal with the swiss embassy in your home country (or whatever country your relatives reside in). A friend of mine also needed visa for his Indian girlfriend and he had to talk to the Swiss embassy in India. They are ought to speak at least english there (in addition to the local language) so it shouldn't be a problem talking with them.

Be prepared that they will ask questions like why do you want them to visit, how long they want to stay, etc.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Hi Riomurr

To get my girlfriend over here from Kyrgyzstan, I wrote in English and it wasn't a problem at all-

The visitors will have to get a "Declaration of Guarantee" from the embassy. They fill in half and give it back, the embassy sends it to Switzerland and you fill in the other half.

You have to prove that you are solvent and that they will not be a drain on the countries' resoures if they have an accident or fall ill.

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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

I'm afraid it's not as easy as writing a letter and sending it to the embassy. What you can do is you can declare to be a "guarantor" for the people you want to invite. It is explained in this pdf document on the page, just follow the link:

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home/..._einreise.html
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Thanks for you help

Oh, guarantee 20000 CHF.. and if I don't have so much? I am well paid, but didn't collect such a sum yet.

What is the strangest thing for me actually, that when I was first invited to Switzerland for a job interview, I have got a visa after I just presented a letter from my prospective employee! No forms, no guarantees, no registrations, nothing. Just a letter..
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Oh, guarantee 20000 CHF.. and if I don't have so much? I am well paid, but didn't collect such a sum yet.

What is the strangest thing for me actually, that when I was first invited to Switzerland for a job interview, I have got a visa after I just presented a letter from my prospective employee! No forms, no guarantees, no registrations, nothing. Just a letter..
Yes, for a job interview that would be the case. isn't it?
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Yes, for a job interview that would be the case. isn't it?
so, why is there any difference? how (and why) do they distinguish these cases?

or is it usual governmental/visa thing "don't try to understand, just follow these stupid instructions" ?
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so, why is there any difference? how (and why) do they distinguish these cases?

or is it usual governmental/visa thing "don't try to understand, just follow these stupid instructions" ?
Two entirely different pair of shoes, as there are three distinct types of visa:

1) Job interview: you're a business visitor. That takes a Letter of Invitation by the prospective employer only. The prospective employer must jump through all the administrative hoops, like proving he can't find a local equivalent, quota's not full etc.

2) Private invitation: Private visitors can't work here so have to have somebody (the invitor usually) agree to guarantee for them. Normally it isn't checked if you actually have the 20k CHF. If you're worried, ask your visitors to get travel insurance (either from the travel company (they usually offer insurance packages to go with the tickets) or from their credit card company or from their habitual insurance company.

3) Tourist: tourists from certain countries (typically non-EU/EFTA/US/CDN) need either a return ticket and/or sufficient means (cash/credit card) to leave the country.

This is standard procedure in most countries of the world. See the Sticky on top of this subforum.

Hope that helps.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Okay, I did this recently and I have to tell you that this is a painless procedure. For short visits, you need to do the following:

1) fax a letter DIRECTLY to the relevant Swiss embassy/ consulate saying that you would like to invite this person for such a duration, and you will make sure that this person leaves the country at the end of this period. You also accept financial responsibility for this person's departure, should the need arise. (in English is just fine). Also, fax them a copy of your residence permit.
2) This person/s needs to get confirmed round trip tickets AND health insurance.

The embassy takes care of everything. If they need more information, you'll be contacted.

That's it. The swiss authorities are efficient once the documents and payments are in order If they need more information, they'll let you know.

You don't need to show 20K in the bank especially if this person has enough money to cover his/her costs. It's their vacation, not yours, so it is their responsibility to show funds. Only if they cannot, should you. So don't sweat. Just remember, that confirmed roundtrip (or a ticket that takes this person out of Switzerland) tickets are necessary!
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Okay, I did this recently and I have to tell you that this is a painless procedure. For short visits, you need to do the following:

1) fax a letter DIRECTLY to the relevant Swiss embassy/ consulate saying that you would like to invite this person for such a duration, and you will make sure that this person leaves the country at the end of this period. You also accept financial responsibility for this person's departure, should the need arise. (in English is just fine). Also, fax them a copy of your residence permit.
2) This person/s needs to get confirmed round trip tickets AND health insurance.

The embassy takes care of everything. If they need more information, you'll be contacted.

That's it. The swiss authorities are efficient once the documents and payments are in order If they need more information, they'll let you know.

You don't need to show 20K in the bank especially if this person has enough money to cover his/her costs. It's their vacation, not yours, so it is their responsibility to show funds. Only if they cannot, should you. So don't sweat. Just remember, that confirmed roundtrip (or a ticket that takes this person out of Switzerland) tickets are necessary!
So you did not need to do the usual official application form asked at the local embassy, filled half in, returned to you, fill and submit to the local cantonal office? Really?

Once faxed to the embassy (your way), how to proceed? Does the guest need just need to go to the embassy, pay and get the visa?

Thanks,

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So you did not need to do the usual official application form asked at the local embassy, filled half in, returned to you, fill and submit to the local cantonal office? Really?

Once faxed to the embassy (your way), how to proceed? Does the guest need just need to go to the embassy, pay and get the visa?

Thanks,

Ivo

Hi!

My Swiss boyfriend just invited me and I am coming there this October. The one you are inviting needs to submit documents like letter of invitation(from you, of course), certificate of employment(if they have), copy of passport, copy of your passport, their bank statement( if they have). He/she need to pass the application form together with the said documents to the embassy where he/she lives in. He/she will be asses and interview by the embassy, then they will give the letter of guarantee. He/she needs to sent that letter of guarantee to you.

Then you need to do all the works like submitting all other documents like your income statement, permits.. ect.. and the letter of guarantee that will be sent to you by the invited person. Your documents will be asses and If they say all is ok, you can tell the person you are inviting to go the embassy and she needs to give her passport. After, he/she submitted his/her passport, its only take 2days to get his/her passport.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Hi guys!

Thanks for sharing a bunch of useful information!
I have received a request for a letter of invitation from a guy in Kazakhstan via couchsurfing.com.
He wants to travel Europe and needs an invitation to each contry.

I've understood that I should be pretty safe on the financial part as long as he has already taken a travelers insurance and the return tickts are booked, but what about the part that I intend to see him off at the end of his stay. The plan is that he'll crash at my place for a couple of nights in the beginning of his trip and then continue on his own to see Switzerland.
I just wanted to know about the part of the letter stating that I'll make sure he leaves on the last day. How can I do that. What would happend if he wouldn't?

Maybe these are silly question but it's my first invitation letter so I don't really have an idea. Any help will be much appreciated!

/Cesar
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Old 05.06.2009, 08:23
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

I don't think they are silly questions especially as you would be financially responsible. I think I'd have to know someone really well before I'd vouch for them.

There's a big difference in putting someone up for a couple of nights and making sure they leave the country.

All the best with what ever you decide.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

When we had a student from Albania staying with us mid-90's we had to prove:
that we had enough money (can't remember how much) to finance her stay for a month
that we had a health and accident insurance for her
that we had enough rooms in our flat - i.e. she'd have her own bedroom
and that we'd be liable if she "overstayed".

Mind you, at that time Albania was on the brink of civil war and she was a student from a boarding school which had a partnership with my husband's school. All very proper and above board, but we were made to feel like we were smuggling child labour or something
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

Ok,

this makes me think a bit. I have no idea of his financial situation or anything like that. I don't suppose there's an insurance you can sign against these things ;-)
It's not that I'd mind going through the paper work but being responsible for someone you don't know doesn't seem like the best idea.

Anyone else out there with any experience from couchsurfing or something similar?

Many thanks for your replys, I appreciate your input.
/C
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

I would heavily discourage you from doing that cesar! You will be fully responsible for him financially and you have to guarantee that he leaves the country. I would definetely not do that. Besides, getting a tourist Visa is far easier for most 3rd world countries.
The papers and info are downloadable here:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...aty/ruviv.html
It very much depends on the country, in some countries (like Thailand, Philipines etc) its next to impossible to get a visitors Visa in the first instance, even for married couples who've been living in Switzerland for years inviting a relative for the first time ..
The procedure in principal is the same everywhere, but the result and work involved in the first and second instance (1. local embassy 2.Migrationsamt) depends on their policy and handling. When refused in the 1st instance you apply again here in Switzerland where the "Migrationsamt" really doublechecks on your background, financial situation etc etc and where you have to submit loads of papers. It may take up to 8 weeks, so prepare well ahead! Went through it all, it's an extreme hassle and anything but fast and efficient, the treatment the applicant recieves in their home country borders next to racism in many cases. Basically the approach is to discourage all and everyone from some countries from coming, even at risk of denying many honest visitors with a good background from entering. This is not the case, however, with a normal tourist Visa, which is more hassle-free to get if the applicant has sufficient money/earning on his own (ie not just transfered on the account a few days before submitting)
The key is knowing from which country your visitor comes and then searching for specific info on the internet, it's not the same everywhere!

edit: And don't forget, once you tried to invite some foreigner to Switzerland, successful or not, it will be in your record and you will be asked about it the next time you invite someone and will likely arouse suspicion! Nothing to worry about if you know the applicant personally but I would never do that in your case Cesar.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

simon ch: thanks a lot for valuable input.

don't know how to make a 'thank you' to the post, but if someone tells me, or I find out on my own, I will.
seems like the way to go for me is to suggest a tourist visa for the guy. if everything is as it should he'll probably get it, am I right?

thanks again to all that took the time to answer!
/C
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

No problem Cesar, I see a "Thanks" / "Groan" button underneath every post, but don't quite understand this reputation thing in the upper right yet

And Riomurr, the most essential thing for a successful Visitors Visa application is to have solid reasons for the visitor to return, ie. a business, family, house, job etc. The younger, less established they are the more difficult it is.
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Re: How to invite people here? Invitation letter

simon ch: ok, I don't see those buttons, could be because of my explorer version. I'll take another look when I get back home.

after investigating some more on
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...nf/viskaz.html
a tourist visa requires confirmation of paid hotel/apartment stays.
there is however a visitors visa without guarantee from the 'host'.
this means it up to the foreign embassy to decide if the person applying for the visa has sufficiend means for the stay abroad.
this will likely be the solution that i will try.
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