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Getting a student VISA from the U.S as an F-1 student

So I am not in Zurich and I am writing just to share my experience in applying for the Switzerland Student Visa. There was a lot of confusions when I did it so hopefully this may help some kids in the future.

Well, first of all, I studied in the U.S but I am not a U.S citizen; I only had an F-1 Visa in America. I am a Chinese, and I was about to get my college degree in May. I was applying for a master's degree in Zurich.

So after receiving the admission letter from UZH, there is a website to check. Since I lived in New Orleans, I went to this:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/atlanta

To be honest some information there were not very clear, so I wrote them an email but they simply asked me to check the website.

Anyways, click "Visa information" on the right, and you will enter this page:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...nf/visusa.html

This page had pretty much all information you will need for applying for the Visa.

Click "Student Visa", there is a list of stuff you will need for applying for the Visa. You can find all documents you will need on the main Visa website. The most important information for me from the list is that since I am a F-1 student, I could apply for my Visa in the U.S. Other few things to learn from the list:
1 The photos are not U.S passport photo size. I used my Chinese passport photos and cut them myself to meet the requirements. You can find the "Photo Requirements" on the Visa page.
2 I didn't attached any tuition confirmation staff.
3 According to my school website, the currency in the bank statement needs to be in CHF/Euro/US dollar. So I asked my mom to put 21000CHF into our Chinese bank and got a bank statement. It was kind of a mistake. I should have transferred my Chinese Yuan to U.S dollar first because back then I needed over 7.3 Yuan for 1CHF. Now the exchange rate drooped to 6.5Yuan for 1CHF. Well....It's not a major issue tho.
4 I NEEDED MY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DIPLOMA. So I waited until late May to send my application, even though I got my admitted letter in March.

So, after getting all the documents ready, simply send it to your embassy. There was also an application fee. According to the website the fee now is $83+6=$89. Since I was sending the documents through mail, I had to use money order. I was in New Orleans, so I sent it Atlanta. I didn't send my passport with the documents though.

After 5 or 6 weeks, I received an email from the embassy, then I sent them my passport and a "self-addressed prepaid return" envelop I got from Fedex.

Yes, It only took 6 weeks.Instead of 8 weeks or 10 weeks, It took no more than 6 weeks in my case. Yay!

Anyways, after about a week, I got my passport back with a Swiss Visa for entry.

So, well, applying for the Swiss Visa was a lot of work and kinda frustrating because lack of details on the website, but, I hope this post is making your life easier. Everything above is pretty much based on my own experience and my memory, so it might not fit your situation, and my memory is just ok. So,
,well,if you have any questions, just ask. I might help, and after all, this forum is awesome.
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Re: Getting a student VISA from the U.S as an F-1 student

Oh well I just realized that I made some grammar mistakes there....I guess I am too lazy to correct them....
I am sure you can understand the post in general.
And forgive me....I am just a poor Chinese kid....
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