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Invite parents for vacation from India

Hi,
My husband(Indian) has work permit in Swiss & I (Indian) came in Swiss as a dependent.
We want to invite our parents for a vacation to Swiss i.e my parents & my in-laws as well.
Please help me out on the issues below;

1. Which visa type our parents should apply for, Visitor or Tourist? (since I don't know the difference between both)
2. For how long (days) our parents can get visa to stay in Swiss?
3. Is round trip ticket is necessary to apply for Visa. (means first we should buy tickets & then should apply for Visa?

Thanks in Advance!
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Old 29.03.2012, 11:36
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

Hello Arshita,
A) they need to apply for visitor's visa.
B) they can stay here in switzerland for maximum of 90 days at a stretch.
C) yes you need to submit a copy of return flight ticket. Either you purchase a refundable ticket, so that incase you have to change the date you can do that by paying the charges. Another way is to apply through an agent( he can give you a dummy air ticket.
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

Hello Artisha (note the spelling!) where abouts is this place "Swiss"? Is it an aeroplane, or a train, or a piece of cheese?
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

Thank you M_S ! It was really helpful.
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

I have no idea what you need, but I hope you hire a guide as you appear not to know the name of the country in which you live.... it's Switzerland or CH for short, Swiss is and airline.
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

Hi,
You can get detailed information at:
http://www.vfs-ch-in.com/

Visitor visa need to be applied.
Remember there are new norms like authority letter etc need to be provided, Better to download all forms from above website and then send your husbands details:
1. Invitaation letter
2. House contract
3. Bank statement(min balance 100CHF/person per day, so say parents are coming then for 3 months 18K need to be shown min)
4. Domicile letter from company(optional)
5. B or L card copy
6. Husbands passport

If applying from DELHI: Procedure is lengthy now: A sponsorship confirmation form will be given by embassy when you submit the form. This form need to be signed by your husband, attaching the betreibung and then this need to be submitted in immigration officr berninaplatz.
First time travellers have to go for visa interview.

From Mumbai: No such procedure.
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I have no idea what you need, but I hope you hire a guide as you appear not to know the name of the country in which you live.... it's Switzerland or CH for short, Swiss is and airline.
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Hello Artisha (note the spelling!) where abouts is this place "Swiss"? Is it an aeroplane, or a train, or a piece of cheese?
So nice to see that the EF welcoming committee has stepped on their high horses again to "educate" us non native English speakers.

Come on, we all know what she means by "Swiss" and I am glad she got some good advice from Udayan Gupta
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

hello,

I am planning to invite my parents from India. They will be applying in Mumbai. All the documents are ready.

Can someone tell me if I need to fax the documents first or my parents need to apply first? Do they need my fax receipt while applying or do I need their application number while sending fax?

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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

You could scan the documents and mail them to the consulate directly in Mumbai with the details of your parents application. Assuming - proof of finance and housing contract.

Your parents - would need to submit their application at VFS - Application form / photos / ticket booking details / insurance for the duration of their visit.
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

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Hi,
You can get detailed information at:
http://www.vfs-ch-in.com/

Visitor visa need to be applied.
Remember there are new norms like authority letter etc need to be provided, Better to download all forms from above website and then send your husbands details:
1. Invitaation letter
2. House contract
3. Bank statement(min balance 100CHF/person per day, so say parents are coming then for 3 months 18K need to be shown min)
4. Domicile letter from company(optional)
5. B or L card copy
6. Husbands passport

If applying from DELHI: Procedure is lengthy now: A sponsorship confirmation form will be given by embassy when you submit the form. This form need to be signed by your husband, attaching the betreibung and then this need to be submitted in immigration officr berninaplatz.
First time travellers have to go for visa interview.

From Mumbai: No such procedure.
In addition, when we tried to invite my parents-in-law from Bangladesh, they had to show that they have enough money in their bank accounts as well as an employee contract!
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

You can show you want to sponsor them, then it should be fine.
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Want to bring my parents for vacation from India

Hi,

I'm aware of the process & tenurity about bringing my parents for vacation from India which I to do via invitation. I have a 1 room apartment, a seperate kitchen which is ok for me & my spouse at this moment. I will be here in Basel till mid 2015 and do not want to take a new apartment at this moment. Does Basel Stadt canton also consider this space aspect and can reject the VISA? Can someone who has dealt with this situation advice. Also I heard that there is a minimum fund that needs to be there in my bank account? any idea about this.

Cheers..!!!
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Old 19.01.2015, 14:51
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Re: Want to bring my parents for vacation from India

How long are they wanting to stay. 4 of you in a 1 room apartment doesn't sound ideal for 3 months!

This may help:

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...ise/faq.html#4. For hosts in Switzerland
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Re: Want to bring my parents for vacation from India

3 weeks or a month max is what I'm looking for...
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Re: Want to bring my parents for vacation from India

The authorities probably don't care.

But the landlord will. You need to inform him/her that you are planning to have two additional people living in your apartment for longer than a day or two - this is to avoid liability issues in case of emergencies such as fires or whatnot, so do NOT take this lightly. I have my doubts you will be allowed to have two more people in a studio apartment for several weeks, especially if there's already two of you living there, which is the very upper limit for studios anyway.
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

Hi Kauban...
have u started processing for ur parents?
I am also planning to invite my parents .I am having L permit.
As I can see there are different rules for L permit like host can not take the responsibility of the expences during the stay.just wanted to know IF u hav already applied for visa that is it ok if we will show certain amount on parents account???
Thanks in advance
Agi
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Re: Invite parents for vacation from India

I wanted to ask what different place you can take your parents during their stay in Switzerland.
I want some suggestions.

In addition to that, what kind of travelling tickets do you take from SBB?
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I wanted to ask what different place you can take your parents during their stay in Switzerland.
I want some suggestions.

In addition to that, what kind of travelling tickets do you take from SBB?
Tribhovan,

When deciding where to take your folks, key IME is not only what kinds of things they like to do but also how active they are. Sightseeing around Switzerland is easy peasy if you enjoy walking and hills are no problem. But for some older folks, especially those from flatter lands or who are not used to so much walking, plans and schedules need to be realistically set with physical ability in mind.

Travel around Switzerland can be a challenge for those who are disabled. Certainly do-able, but more planning is needed.

One mistake many of us have made with older visitors is planning too much to do in one day. I often need to plan for activities only every other day, or two days out of three, giving my older visitors down days in between to relax.

My US visitors are always jet lagged on arrival, and so end up sleeping until noon and beyond. But Swiss mountain transport often stops at 17:00, so you really need to set off early in the morning to make a day of it. So I've learned to leave the first two days unplanned, let visitors get over jet lag, at most have nice meals out and a small spontneous outing nearby. Then hit the ground running on day 3.

Since many cultural attractions are closed on Mondays, I encourage my visitors to arrive on a sunday or Monday so you don't 'waste' jet lag days.

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So with that in mind, in order to answer your first question, what do your folks like doing, and how active will they want to be?

For instance, if you want to see beautiful scenery, are your folks up for walking up the mountain, or would taking a cable car be more fun? Once on the mountain, would they want to hike around - and what level difficulty - or would a nice lunch overlooking a beautiful vista be more their thing? Do they prefer city sightseeing? What kind of cultural things do they enjoy - museums, concerts, etc?

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Be aware that Switzerland is not really a spontaneous country, sometimes one needs to plan or book in advance. Also be aware that many mountain cable cars shut down in November for maintenance, so if your folks are here then some of the popular attractions might not be possible.

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I ask all my guests to make a list of places they want to see. At least that gives me a start to my planning. Once you know where your folks want to go and understand their activity level, the nuts and bolts of travel planning are much easier.

A good start for a first time visitor to Switzerland is the My Switzerland tourism site. Have your folks take a look, see what catches their fancy;
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/

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Tickets: It all depends on your itinerary. So draw that up first, then come back here and we can help you plan the best train tickets.

I usually just get one of the all-Switzerland passes. It might work out more expensive, but honestly, many of my visitors are not too travel-savvy, don't speak German or French, making figuring out the correct ticket for each journey confusing. Fines for having the wrong ticket are expensive, too! The passes mean they can hop on and off trains without worrying. (And without me!) For older visitors I get the flex passes, as then they can take days off in between travel:
https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/...lic-transport/
Scroll down to Tickets for Foreign Guests.

But if you have a set itinerary, you can probably spend less by buying specific tickets.

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BTW, you might ask a mod to move this to a more general travel thread, or start one of your own. This thread is more about the visa process, so some of the people with good travel tips might not see your question.


Hope you and your folks have an enjoyable Swiss adventure!

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I want some suggestions.

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