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Old 28.05.2012, 10:21
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Business Visas as UK Citizen in Switzerland

I need to go on an urgent business trip to India.

According to the UK website of the Indian Visa application centre, there is the facility of an urgent business visa which can be issued the same day. However, according to the Swiss website, there is no such option.

As it appears that this new facility is for the UK only, does that mean that I AM eligible to get that here (as a UK passport holder) or not (as I am not resident)? Anybody any idea if these things are based on practical reasons (like the Swiss not having the right "set up" to process, or more fundamental things like residence?)

(I know I can call them, but I'm planning the trip today and they are all closed!)
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Re: Business Visas as UK Citizen in Switzerland

I worked in India for 2 years in Mumbai (I am a Brit) several years ago.

At that time I had to return to the UK to obtain the entry visa. Unless things have changed, if you do not have Swiss residence, you will have to visit the Indian HC in London to get your visa.

Additionally, I believe that the urgent business visa are available to UK passport holders only located in the UK.

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Re: Business Visas as UK Citizen in Switzerland

You can apply in Berne (I did on a non-Swiss passport) if you're resident in Switzerland. They keep your passport though and "refer" to the Indian Embassy/HC in the country that issued your passport. I waited 7 working days.

Same day service is for Swiss and Liechtenstein passports only. If you have a UK passport and either need the Visa very urgently or can't do without your passport for 7 working days - e.g. because you plan on flying during that time and need valid ID - you need to fly to London to file your application at the Indian HC's outsourced visa service (with a referral letter from a UK (!) company) and fib about being a UK resident (that being the condition for same-day service at the Indian HC in London).
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