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US tourist visa

Hello,

I am an Indian, here on 'L' permit.
I plan to visit the US next year on holidays. Would like to know if the tourist visa processing be done from here in swiss, given how sceptical the US goverment rules are on anyone and anybody visiting their land.

Does anyone have an idea how to go about doing this? Or do i need to get this done from my home country?

Any pointers would be appreciated.

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Re: US tourist visa

I don't know about Indians with the L permit. As for myself, a South East Asian with a B permit, I got a visitor visa B1/B2 rather quickly at the US Embassy, Bern, Switzerland.

There is a previous thread on it here:

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Re: US tourist visa

I would advise calling (or e-mailing) US embassy people in Bern and asking them this question. Usually, if you reside in Switzerland long-term (more than a year or so), you can get the US visa in Bern. My friends with B permits never had any problems obtaining a US visa (B1) in Switzerland. It may be different with L permit since, as far as I understand, you are in Switzerland for a short time.
Anyways, it is better to ask the US embassy this question.
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Re: US tourist visa

If you are in the IT industry, then your visa processing will take 1-2 months. they will not even look at the documents you carry, they will ask for your CV and send you off.

Happened to me, and others on B permits, with L I am not sure..

if you call them or email them, they wont tel you off the bat about this 2 month waiting thing..

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Re: US tourist visa

I am in IT and for me it was somewhat faster. From application date to visa issual ( over the Christmas 2009 period moreover ), it was no longer than 10 work days with a comprehensive dossier ( rental agreement, employment contract etc. ).
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Re: US tourist visa

Have you read this information on this website?
http://www.usvisaswitzerland.com/vis...-C1-F1-J1.html


US Visa Switzerland - Visitor Visas


  1. Tourist Visa (B2)
  2. Business Visa (B1)
  3. Transit Visa (C1)
  4. Student Visa (F1)
1. Tourist Visa (B2)

US Embassy officers automatically assume every tourist visa applicant intends to stay in the US permanently and therefore applicants must prove the following:
  • Strong business, social and/or family connections to their home country;
  • Legitimate travel purpose; and
  • Financial ability to pay for travel expenses.
Generally, the most important factors in judging an applicant's chances of approval are as follows:
  • Long term job or well documented successful business; and
  • Documented consistent high level of income.
However, US Embassy officers examine each applicant’s case individually with the main focus on the background of the individual applicant. Application form answers, supporting documentation and performance during the interview are all also important factors in the visa being approved.

US Embassy officers have very broad discretion to accept or reject an applicant’s case for a variety of reasons. Generally, B2 visas have the lowest approval rates because of the short time period required to apply.

Specifically, B2 tourist visas for students, wives, husbands, fiancés, fiancées, girlfriends and boyfriends are difficult to get approved due to loopholes in US immigration laws allowing persons to stay permanently in the US after arrival if they marry a US citizen.

It is highly recommended that applicants do not make any large transactions in or out of their bank account prior to the interview at the US Embassy. The US Embassy officers will focus on long term and consistent financial transaction history of the applicant’s bank account and not on large recent financial transactions. Generally, the balance amount of the applicant’s bank statement should be enough to cover their travel expenses for the duration of the visit to the US unless such expenses are being paid by a sponsor.

Applicants with a strong command of the English language normally have higher rates of approval because of the necessity to speak English while in the US.

Our service includes the following:
  • Provide free initial opinion of applicant’s chances for approval;
  • Schedule interview with US Embassy;
  • Provide list of supporting documents in English tailored to your case;
  • Prepare necessary supporting documents;
  • Consult in regards to answers to questions on application documents;
  • Prepare application forms signed by lawyer;
  • Telephone or video conference to discuss supporting documents and answers in regards to potential US Embassy officer interview questions; and
  • Assistance preparing a 2nd visa application if the 1st visa application is not approved.
B2 visa applications normally take 1 - 3 weeks to process depending on the caseload of the US Embassy in the country of residence.


2. Business Visa (B1)

The requirements, service and timeframe for a B1 business visa is similar to that of a tourist visa except you must prove a legitimate business travel purpose.


3. Transit Visa (C1)

The requirements, service and timeframe for a C1 transit visa are similar to that of a tourist / business visa except you must also prove flight reservations to a foreign country and a valid visa for that foreign country.


4. Student Visa (F1)

Applicants must first apply to a qualified school in the US and get accepted. The school will send the “Form I-20” after the applicant is accepted. Form I-20 is a confirmation form for foreign students, which includes a summary of estimated costs per year for attending the school.

Applicants can apply for a F1 visa after receiving the Form I-20 from their school and paying the US $100 SEVIS fee.

Applicants must prove they or their sponsors have enough funds to cover their education / living expenses in the US and a strong intent to return to their home country.

Normally, the sponsor of a F1 visa should be an immediate family member such as parents, brother / sister or other family members. Applicant’s cases will be scrutinized more closely by US Embassy officers if their sponsor is not a family member due to the high number of applicants attempting to commit student visa fraud.

Our service includes the following:
  • Provide free initial opinion of applicant’s chances for approval;
  • Schedule interview with US Embassy;
  • Provide list of supporting documents in English tailored to your case;
  • Prepare necessary supporting documents;
  • Consult in regards to answers to questions on application documents;
  • Prepare application forms signed by lawyer;
  • Telephone or video conference to discuss supporting documents and answers in regards to potential US Embassy officer interview questions; and
  • Assistance preparing a 2nd visa application if the 1st visa application is not approved.
F1 visa applications normally take 1 - 3 weeks to process if the applicant has already received Form I-20 from their school depending on the caseload of the US Embassy in the country of residence.
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Re: US tourist visa

That is the legal burden that applicants have to overcome, hence why I did a dossier-like comprehensive application.

One has to prove that the applicants intends to return ie not overstay, and have very close ties to CH such as an employment contract, rental contract, family members not accompanying the applicant and so on.

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I am in IT and for me it was somewhat faster. From application date to visa issual ( over the Christmas 2009 period moreover ), it was no longer than 10 work days with a comprehensive dossier ( rental agreement, employment contract etc. ).
If the rental agreement is not in English, should that be translated to English ?

Can you explain a bit more on the comprehensive dossier? Should it be submitted apart from the other documents?
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Re: US tourist visa

I did not get any documents translated from German to English except for 1 letter.

"Dossier" presented neatly to the IO ( Immigration Officer in person who interviews you ) - s/he alone decides your fate then and there.
( All originals with a copy )

Proof of payment ( I think I deposited into a Post Account )

Tenancy Agreement

B permit

Bank statements for the last 12 months

Work contract(s)

Fax / Email / letter from relatives in the US ( sent directly to Bern with a copy to me )

Letter from Employer stating I am expected to be on leave from dd.mm.yyyy to dd.mm.yyyy and if they are funding any portion of the visit ( in German, but I got it translated into English by my DE teacher who left her contact details on the translation - was good enough for them )

Letters from various Vereins / Clubs / Associations ( stronger proof of ties locally than in US )

Certificates of Completion for various courses in CH ( lends credence that one has been really domiciled here )

Anmeldung certificate from my Stadt / Gemeinde back in 2007

Travel Card ( GA - requires a valid residency permit in CH )

A copy of my previous US Visa ( B1 / B2 ) issued more than a decade ago from another country

Boarding passes and visa from previous trips ( Canada, Australia, Japan etc. )

Explanation as who is and isn´t travelling with me from my family ( as well as a breakdown of family members, where they are currently and what nationality )

plus a few more documents that are unique to my situation.


Trust this helps and good luck. Merely filing up the white form will not get you the visa ! One has to overcome the legal burden ( ie if 6 months bank statements are suggested, why not offer 12 - 24 months to be on the safe side ). Much the same with the UK visa.
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Re: US tourist visa

Thank you very much for the list. That was very useful.

is the CV needed only for business visits or for tourist visits also? Is there any template suggested for this?

Is the above list mentioned as the standard "requirements" in the form and one gets to see it upon submission? Or is the list mentioned somewhere in the website?
How long does the interview last? Does one need to submit the above forms DURING the interview or do they need to be sent to them prior to the appointment?
What is the typical processing time from the time one fills the form?
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Re: US tourist visa

There is no real list. It is up to the applicant to come up with supporting docs and present them at the interview.
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How long does the interview normally take place for?
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