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Old 19.06.2011, 08:38
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Student Visa in 2 months

I've been admitted to a Ph.D. program in Geneva and need to apply for a student visa. I am a US citizen working in Japan. I had to wait to get my Attestation d'Immatriculation to begin the process. Now, that I finally got it and have everything ready to take to the Embassy in Tokyo tomorrow, they told me that the process will take 3 months. However, there are just over two months before the start of the semester.

Does anyone know how to proceed in this situation? The Embassy told me to contact the international relations division of my university, but they are on holiday now! I don't even know what might happen if I don't get the visa on time. Miss my flight? Arrive one month late?

Thank you in advance for any advices at all!
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Re: Student Visa in 2 months

I'm in the same boat, my visa won't arrive in time for the start of school in Zurich this fall. Did you already send your passport away for processing? If so you have no choice but to wait until you get it back before you travel.

I'm Canadian and I don't think my student visa requires me to send away my passport, so I'm hoping that I can just start studying without anyone asking questions, and then have my visa sent to me in the mail...

Wish I could be of more help but if I find a better answer I will definitely let you know.
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I've been admitted to a Ph.D. program in Geneva and need to apply for a student visa. I am a US citizen working in Japan. I had to wait to get my Attestation d'Immatriculation to begin the process. Now, that I finally got it and have everything ready to take to the Embassy in Tokyo tomorrow, they told me that the process will take 3 months. However, there are just over two months before the start of the semester.

Does anyone know how to proceed in this situation? The Embassy told me to contact the international relations division of my university, but they are on holiday now! I don't even know what might happen if I don't get the visa on time. Miss my flight? Arrive one month late?

Thank you in advance for any advices at all!
Hi, may I ask what you ended up doing? I'm a Sri Lankan living in Japan, and I've just been accepted to do my M.Sc. at Geneva. We seem to be on a pretty similar boat, if things went well for you I was hoping to get some advice on the visa app.
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