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How to get my documents back

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I applied for a visa L last year around August and was accepted. The only problem is I never received my documents that I sent to San Fransisco. I emailed the embassy in SF and they said that I would have to basically figure it out because they are in Switzerland. I live in the Ticino area and I really need my documents back because they were originals with apostles etc. If anyones has any ideas on how to get them back that would be great!
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Your profile says you are in Spokane, but your post that live in Ticino. Please clarify.

I'm checking because I imagine this might make a difference, when people begin to give you advice.
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Old 11.04.2018, 22:54
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Which documents? The ones I provided were never returned and it was clear from the start they would not be.
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Re: How to get my documents back

Sorry your right I am still in Ticino Switzerland. And the documents were my birth certificate, criminal record, financial papers. I was never told that I would get them back thats why I sent the official documents. Do you normally just send copies?
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Send a friendly email to sfr.visa@eda.admin.ch with a very short explanation and ask them which department to contact in Switzerland for a possible retrieval of your papers.

The Consulate General (the embassy is in Washington, but you have no business with them for this since they are in another consular district) does nothing else than collect your papers, review if your application is complete and than send it to Switzerland where it is handled.

Else you will have to contact the department here who handed out your Visa and take it from there.
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Sorry your right I am still in Ticino Switzerland. And the documents were my birth certificate, criminal record, financial papers. I was never told that I would get them back thats why I sent the official documents. Do you normally just send copies?
They only accept originals, those papers are most often only valid for a few months and relatively cheap to replace with new originals.

Valid as in: When they ask for them again for whatever they only are allowed to be of certain age which mostly is a few months. I am in a long running procedure and have had to ask for some papers 3 times by now since the originals became to old....
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...I really need my documents back because they were originals with apostles etc.
Was there 12 of them?
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I sent certified copies and "originals". I put originals in quotes because for example the birth certificate had to be issued within the last 6 months. Obviously my true original is from last century. I had a new certificate issued and stamped by the appropriate authority. Same with marriage certificate. I photocopied the criminal record to keep one for myself and sent the original. Bank stuff was all pulled from online and printed, so that was a copy and no one at the bank had to certify anything.
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Sorry your right I am still in Ticino Switzerland. And the documents were my birth certificate, criminal record, financial papers. I was never told that I would get them back thats why I sent the official documents. Do you normally just send copies?
The papers you mention are outdated by now. Why do you think you need them back urgently?
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