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Old 30.04.2009, 21:17
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hey everybody,

I got three questions;

1) I am a Non-EU passport holder. Correct me if i'm wrong, but there is no such thing as a student visa right? I would get a schengen visa if i'm applying for the purpose of studying in Switzerland (Geneva)?

2) Someone in this thread said this:
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You and your family would need to get a letter from your krankenkasse that they cover upto 30,000Euros per person or obtain a travel insurance from Europaishce reise versicherung.
If i'm applying for a Schengen (student) visa, what is the minimum amount i should have in my bank account, and the bank statement shown should be for how many months? Is it 30,000Euros per year or CHF/year?

3) If i get a scholarship (which i have) would i still be required to show a separate financial statement of mine?

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Old 17.06.2009, 13:32
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That is most interesting - can you tell me which part of the Schengen rules specify that?

To the best of my knowledge you must have the visa issued either by the country of entry into the Schengen region or if this is not the place where you intend to spend most of your time, then the country where you will be staying. BUT you MUST have it stamped as soon as you enter any Schengen country as it is from this point that your 90 days start. So if you happen to land in Germany but are spending most of your time in France then there is a requirement to stamp first in Germany.


I never read that you must have it stamped by the issuing country first but could be wrong.
My mom visited me last year and we arranged the Schengen visa for her applied with Belgian Embassy but never go there. In fact, she only went to Italy and France. From what I understand, we're supposed to apply with the country either your first destination or the one you stay the longest. It's the Embassy who will decide whether or not they should be the one who issue the visa (after checked our itinerary). When come to the immigration, it seems they will just stamp on the passport as long as the visa is there.

Anyhow, that's from my experience.
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hi All,

I read all your posts but I couldn't find an answer to my questions.
I'm an EU citizen (B permit) and want to invite a relative (ascendant, not EU citizen) to Switzerland for 90 days, so it's going to be a Schengen VISITOR Visa.
I have two questions:
1) Does my guest need to purchase insurance?
2) The EUR 60 fee is waived if the ascendant is dependent on me, but they require her to provide payslips in the application and letter from the employer - she has a job, so does she have to pay the fee or not?

Thank you all for the precious help!
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Old 24.06.2009, 11:04
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1) Does my guest need to purchase insurance?
Travel insurance is fine, so long as the cover is for at least CHF 50,000. No need to purchase Swiss-style medical insurance.
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Old 29.06.2009, 10:39
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hi all

One of my friends from India wants to visit Switzerland.He had applied for a schengen visa with port of entry being switzerland.He had submitted all the necessary documents which are as follows:
1.Application form
2.Return ticket
3.Proof of finance(that he will be able to provide for his stay)
4.Hotel booking proof
5.Insurance

He is called for an interview on July 1st.My question is whether its a normal procedure to be called for an interview for schengen visas?cos before switzerland being included in the schengen countries,i had my cousins came here who were granted visas without such interviews.

Also,if its not a common procedure,then he will be expected to prove that he has all intentions of going back to india?.He has got admit into the no.1 photography school in India and he wants to do some photography and travel before he joins in the course which is actually the main intention of this travel.Do you people think that it's enough if he shows the admission form as proof of going back?Can anyone think of any other thing that can be asked in the interview from experience ?

I know this is a long post and am sorry for that. I hope I am clear.

Thanks in Advance for all the answers.

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Old 29.06.2009, 20:19
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

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He is called for an interview on July 1st.My question is whether its a normal procedure to be called for an interview for schengen visas?cos before switzerland being included in the schengen countries,i had my cousins came here who were granted visas without such interviews.
It's normal. You are usually required to submit the application in person, and then appear in person for a further interview. They may or may not award the Visa at this second meeting. I understand that, if they decide to award, the Visa will be ready in 3 working days.

The impression I get is the Swiss authorities are more interested to know one can afford to stay here for the duration of the Visa, than to worry that one might try to become an illegal immigrant.

I imagine there are easier ways to "infiltrate" Switzerland from India than to apply for a visa and get on a plane.
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Old 01.07.2009, 10:40
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hi Beast

Thanks for the reply.He had gone for his interview today and it went well it seems.Regarding the visa,the authorities told him to collect his passport this friday.That time only he will come to know whther he has been given a visa it seems.

I really dont understand the need for making us wait for another 2 days to know whether a visa has been given or not.Anyways hoping for the best.

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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hi all,

I see a lot of confusion posted here.

For some light in the dark, read this guide:

http://www.ejpd.admin.ch/etc/mediali...20090518-d.pdf

I know only the German version, if someone has the link to the English one please post.

One thing I see a lot (even from the Swiss Embassy) the Schengen country issued is not of first entry, rather of main stay or main duration.

So, if your first entry is Germany, then you travel by train to Switzerland and stay there for two weeks until returning home, Then you should apply for a Swiss Schengen visa and not for a German.

BUT, this is usually not a real issue as you are in THE SYSTEM registered. Its one database for all countries. So, follow the rule or lie when ask about

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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

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I see a lot of confusion posted here.

One thing I see a lot (even from the Swiss Embassy) the Schengen country issued is not of first entry, rather of main stay or main duration.
I agree, there is a lot of confusion about the schengen visa, it can get very complicated for some, liek someone living in uk on some permit, studying, being married to someone in thai, moving to france, eh, wow. Here is a pretty good site that has lots info from how to apply, forms, schengen visa sample picture to list of embassies, etc. schengen visa

it is true with what u say about where to apply. the country where one spends most time is where needs to be apply. good luck to everyone.
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Old 17.07.2009, 01:19
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Eire - what eventually happened when you returned to "der Schweiz?"
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Old 27.07.2009, 16:10
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hi, I have a quick question, and I'm sure I'll be fine, but I'm just a bit paranoid.
I'm off to Scandinavia at the end of the week (Sweden, Denmark and Norway (which is non-EU, but Schengen member)) and I'm a non-EU citizen (Australian) with an L-Permit.
My Schengen visa, which I used to enter Switzerland expired last week, but now I have my L-Permit card, I don't need it any more anyway (the visa), do I? The other question I have is because I'm in the middle of changing cantons (BL -> BS) I was wondering if this would pose an issue for me.

Thanks for your help!


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Old 28.07.2009, 15:34
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Point of correction.Denmark and Sweden are EU members.Norway is not.













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Hi, I have a quick question, and I'm sure I'll be fine, but I'm just a bit paranoid.
I'm off to Scandinavia at the end of the week (Sweden, Denmark and Norway (which is non-EU, but Schengen member)) and I'm a non-EU citizen (Australian) with an L-Permit.
My Schengen visa, which I used to enter Switzerland expired last week, but now I have my L-Permit card, I don't need it any more anyway (the visa), do I? The other question I have is because I'm in the middle of changing cantons (BL -> BS) I was wondering if this would pose an issue for me.

Thanks for your help!


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Old 28.07.2009, 19:40
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Point of correction.Denmark and Sweden are EU members.Norway is not.
I realise that, which is why I said
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Sweden, Denmark and Norway (which is non-EU, but Schengen member
Sorry if I didn't make myself clear enough.
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Hello All

We are having a strange situation here.My Father in law is invited for an International conference in Greece.We are thinking of having him stay with us for 3 weeks or 1 month after the conference.

1.From whatever i read,Greece Business Visa has to be applied for that conference and then swiss tourist visa to stay with us.Is it correct?

2.Is it possible to apply for these 2 different visas at the same time?

3.Is it by any chance possible for him to attend the conference with the swiss tourist visa which i think is highly impossible?

4.My Mother in law is also planning to come.Do we need to apply for her on port of entry basis that is Greece tourist visa or on place of maximum stay which means swiss tourist visa?

I have been doing my research for the past 3 days and spoke to travel agents also but i dint get anything fruitful.I am planning to speak to the Swiss Embassy in India on monday.Just thought i would get some ideas before that.

Thanks in advance for all the answers.

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ok i need some help here a friend of mine came from USA and went to amsterdam and was given the schengen visa and stayed there for couple of days and then left to belgium ad entered UK and as US citizen was given 6 months visa..he overstayed his visa by more than 6 months.now he wants to go back to US, the question is if he manages to leave uk with out a any problem, would he be able to any schengen country for example Belgium wen he enters belgium will he be given schengen visa again for couple of days to enter the country from uk or would there be any problem and when leaving the country would there be any problems or is there any other country he can leave from to go back to usa without any problems..apart frm UK coz they already stayed their visa.....because technically they have left schengen space and entering again but from UK and also they will not be staying long...plz i would realy appriciate ur help as my friend is planing to leave soon to enter belgium or some other schengen country, should they recive any problems on entering, i want to warn them to look other alternative ways..thank you in advance for ur help...
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Old 19.11.2009, 15:27
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

Dear EF members,

I have a strange situation now, and I need your support/advice.

My parents intend to visit me (in CH) and my brother (in UK) for 3 months starting Dec 1st week. Our plan was
  • they come here for Christmas,
  • go to UK from Jan-mid to Feb-1st week,
  • return to CH and fly to India in Feb-end from Zurich.
Problem: - Single-entry Schengen visa given by the Swiss Embassy

This means, they cannot return to CH once they leave for UK. Since we had already booked all the tickets and made travel plans and hotel reservations in both the countries, we would like to stick to the itinerary.

Is there a way to convert a Schengen Visa from single-entry to multiple-entry ?

Thanks for reading through this long mail.
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Is there a way to convert a Schengen Visa from single-entry to multiple-entry ?
This is certainly possible but whether it can be done in time is another matter. Your parents need to get back to the Swiss embassy asap and explain the itinerary. If they are in possession of the UK Visa that should help.
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Old 19.11.2009, 15:47
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Hi Swissbob,

Infact they had already recieved the UK visa for 6 months, and then they applied for the Schengen visa. Its a pity that the embassy even ignored the request clearly made on the application form

Since they travel on the 30th of Nov, I was wondering if I can apply for multiple-entry either here or in UK.

Could not find any relevant information in the Embassy website, and they dont seem to respond to any calls after 12pm.
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Hi Swissbob,

Infact they had already recieved the UK visa for 6 months, and then they applied for the Schengen visa. Its a pity that the embassy even ignored the request clearly made on the application form

Since they travel on the 30th of Nov, I was wondering if I can apply for multiple-entry either here or in UK.

Could not find any relevant information in the Embassy website, and they dont seem to respond to any calls after 12pm.
As far as I know they have to apply from their country of residence.
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Old 19.11.2009, 16:07
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Re: [Q&A] Schengen Visa - all you need to know

I think i will check with the embassy tomorrow and decide.

If the process is too cumbersome, best way would be to start in UK and end in UK (rather than CH)

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