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Entry Visa type D

Hi there,

This is my first post and I'd like to ask you about the entry visa.

I'm Korean and currently registered at a school in Amsterdam.
(Holding student residence permit which is valid till 2017).

I wanted go to a uni in Switzerland for my first bachelor and currently got a positive response from them. However, here my concern is.

I'll finish my course in Amsterdam by the beginning of August this year and will get my certificate couple of weeks later. The uni in Switzerland will give me the confirmation of admission when I submit my certificate.

However, the course in Switzerland will begin in September and the visa procedure will take 6-8 weeks.

In this case, can I apply the entry visa in here and then go to Switzerland and attend the class and come back to Amsterdam when the visa ready?

Or it is totally illegal if I enter the country before get the visa.

Thanks for your help and I'm looking forward to hear from you!
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Old 23.06.2014, 18:57
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Re: Entry Visa type D

Hi,

Is your student residence permit for Amsterdam still valid after you finished your study in August, as you're no longer student at that point? I suggest you contact your school's admission department to ask about this, both the current one in Amsterdam and in Switzerland. Usually they are well inform about the visa procedures and special cases regarding study visa.
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Re: Entry Visa type D

Which university in Switzerland are you thinking of attending? Because as far as I know, Bachelor courses aren't taught in anything other than German, French or Italian. Most Masters courses are taught in English, but not the Bachelor ones. There's more about studying in Switzerland here:

http://www.crus.ch/information-progr...rland.html?L=2
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Hi,

Is your student residence permit for Amsterdam still valid after you finished your study in August, as you're no longer student at that point? I suggest you contact your school's admission department to ask about this, both the current one in Amsterdam and in Switzerland. Usually they are well inform about the visa procedures and special cases regarding study visa.
Hi vvn_riessa,

I am trying to get in ZHAW. I will be student at the point that I apply the visa the fact that the entire course will be finished in 2017 but I'd like to 'transfer'.
I've already contacted ZHAW but they do not have any other way to get me the admission faster than that

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Which university in Switzerland are you thinking of attending? Because as far as I know, Bachelor courses aren't taught in anything other than German, French or Italian. Most Masters courses are taught in English, but not the Bachelor ones. There's more about studying in Switzerland here:

http://www.crus.ch/information-progr...rland.html?L=2
Hi Medea,

I'm planning to go to ZHAW which is not exactly uni but uni of applied science.

They have a course which is taught in English.

Do you have any idea about my question?

Thanks!

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Old 23.06.2014, 20:25
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Re: Entry Visa type D

Well, if you need a visa to enter Switzerland then if you don't have it you'll be here illegally. I'd say, if you can, delay starting the Swiss course until the next semester starts in January 2015 so you have plenty of time to get the visa sorted out.

Which course? Because this is what their website says:

Foreign diplomas

If you have studied abroad, you must submit documentation and prove that you have an adequate knowledge of German. Please enquire about the exact procedure at the academic office of the degree programme you have chosen.

http://www.zhaw.ch/en/zurich-univers.../bachelor.html
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Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

Good Afternoon everybody,

For various reasons, I will only be able to apply the entry visa from 14th of August and my course at ZHAW will begin at 15th of September.
(The visa procedure usually takes 6 to 8weeks and even more)

So I am planning to apply my visa and go there as tourist and go out and come back with the visa. (As Korean, it is okay to travel Switzerland without any visa. Furthermore I'm a current student in the Netherland and got a residence permit for studying.)
However, I was told by Swiss embassy in the Netherland that I can not do that and now I am wondering if there is any possiblity they kick me out of the country the fact that I study without student visa.

I know this question has been discussed in this page quite often. However I'd like to hear your current experiences and get some more advices about it.

Thank you for your kind response and sharing experience/idea.
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Old 30.06.2014, 16:34
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Re: Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

Unfortunately yes, you can be kicked out of the country for studying without a correct visa, chances are even that you will not be let into the country?
Your dutch permit will not help you in Switzerland.
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Re: Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

Hey roegner,

Thanks for reply. That sounds terrifying
Btw, how could they find it out?
Is the chance high? I've seen some posts that for some people were told by the embassy from their country that it is okay to do that.

Thanks again!
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Re: Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

I'd suggest not to take the risk, especially since the Swiss embassy has pointed that out.
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I'd suggest not to take the risk, especially since the Swiss embassy has pointed that out.
I'd really like to attend the course, but it seems as if there is no way to get in
But thanks for answer anyway
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Re: Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

Enquire at the school if you can start the course next year in January. That should give you plenty of time to sort the visa out.
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Re: Entering Switzerland with tourism visa while student visa processing

I've heard that if your student entry visa has not been issued by the start of classes and you're from a visa-waiver country and need no visa to enter Switzerland as a tourist it's generally ok to enter to begin courses while your student entry visa application is being processed, then once your student entry visa is ready, go to a Swiss representation well, outside Switzerland, have them put the visa sticker in your passport, and come back to Switzerland to apply for your residence permit etc. Would probably be a good idea to confirm this officially/through official sources.
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I've heard that if your student entry visa has not been issued by the start of classes and you're from a visa-waiver country and need no visa to enter Switzerland as a tourist it's generally ok to enter to begin courses while your student entry visa application is being processed, then once your student entry visa is ready, go to a Swiss representation well, outside Switzerland, have them put the visa sticker in your passport, and come back to Switzerland to apply for your residence permit etc. Would probably be a good idea to confirm this officially/through official sources.
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Good Afternoon everybody,

For various reasons, I will only be able to apply the entry visa from 14th of August and my course at ZHAW will begin at 15th of September.
(The visa procedure usually takes 6 to 8weeks and even more)

So I am planning to apply my visa and go there as tourist and go out and come back with the visa. (As Korean, it is okay to travel Switzerland without any visa. Furthermore I'm a current student in the Netherland and got a residence permit for studying.)
However, I was told by Swiss embassy in the Netherland that I can not do that and now I am wondering if there is any possiblity they kick me out of the country the fact that I study without student visa.

I know this question has been discussed in this page quite often. However I'd like to hear your current experiences and get some more advices about it.

Thank you for your kind response and sharing experience/idea.
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I've heard that if your student entry visa has not been issued by the start of classes and you're from a visa-waiver country and need no visa to enter Switzerland as a tourist it's generally ok to enter to begin courses while your student entry visa application is being processed, then once your student entry visa is ready, go to a Swiss representation well, outside Switzerland, have them put the visa sticker in your passport, and come back to Switzerland to apply for your residence permit etc. Would probably be a good idea to confirm this officially/through official sources.
Unfortunately not correct and quite risky to do so
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Unfortunately not correct and quite risky to do so
I met a couple students from Canada and the US, who said that the cantonal authorities in Geneva told them that they "tolerate" permit applications from people in certain developed non-European countries in instances in which they do not yet have entry visas from the Swiss consular authorities. Applies to those who applied for a visa but have not yet received it, and to those who have not applied for any visa. I asked a couple lawyers in Geneva and Vaud whether this is true, and they said yes.
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