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Doubt - Visa D just for training/racing

Hello!
I am a skier in the process of getting a Visa D to be able to stay longer than 90 days in Europe training and racing during this winter season. I will be staying in Switzerland periods of time for training and then traveling in and out to race in different countries.

My question is related to the "process" of getting this visa. After sending all the docs requested by the consulate, and if the visa is indeed approved - are they going to attach it to my passport BEFORE I leave my home country or will I need to come to see the Swiss authorities when I land there?
(or will they send it by mail?)

I am asking it because my original plan is to fly to Zurich, stay for 2 days there, go to Slovakia (to race there) and then be back to Switzerland for a little while.
So, if I need to stay in Switzerland to get some paperwork done I might need to change my plans a little bit.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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Old 19.01.2017, 22:42
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Re: Doubt - Visa D just for training/racing

Usually you go to the nearest consulate in your current country and it is added to your passport before you leave. In Switzerland, the D-visa is only used to enter the country for longer than 90 days. If you plan to establish residency then you would go to the local municipality in Switzerland after you arrive.
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Re: Doubt - Visa D just for training/racing

Hmm..thanks!
The consulate had mentioned it was not required to go there in person. And they have not required my passport (along with the list of requested docs). That's why I got confused about when they would add the visa.

It seems we submit the docs, wait for the response and if it is approved then I will be requested to go there (or send my passport), right?

Thanks a lot for your attention!
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It seems we submit the docs, wait for the response and if it is approved then I will be requested to go there (or send my passport), right?
I believe that normally you have to send them your passport to get the visa put in, once it is approved.

When did you apply for the visa and when do you fly? It can take quite a while for them to be approved. Seeing as the season ends at the end of April, if you are flying at or after the beginning of Feb, surely you'd be ok on the 90 tourist visa waiver?
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...It seems we submit the docs, wait for the response and if it is approved then I will be requested to go there (or send my passport), right?
That's my understanding as to how it works. Do keep us posted on your process, as it may help others in the future.
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Re: Doubt - Visa D just for training/racing

I have been in Europe Nov/Dec.

So in order to be able to stay there until the very end of the season I need a visa - I'm looking for a total stay of 126 days. Totally out of the 90 days allowed.

I will be sending the docs tomorrow. The local consulate has consulted with the main "branch"(?) in Switzerland regarding on how to proceed with my case - as I was out of my country of residence and was going to be here only for 3 weeks before flying again. I assume they might take into consideration my somehow complicated timeline.

If not, I will simply have to cut my plans and return earlier.
Anyways...let's see how it goes. I will keep you posted.

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3 weeks before flying again. I assume they might take into consideration my somehow complicated timeline.
It can take a few months to get approval (not saying it will), but there are cases of people missing the start of University because their visa is still processing after several months. Three weeks is not much time.
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