Introduction to Study in Switzerland
In order to Study in Switzerland Before applying for a Swiss Student Visa you have to be accepted by a Swiss school or university, you need to show proof in the form of an acceptance letter you will get which will be required for the visa application form.
What type of visa you need?
You need a Schengen C, if you are want to stay for three months or less for a short course in Switzerland visa. You need a National D visa if you are planning to stay for a long course which is more than 3 months like Bachelors, Masters or any exchange semester program.
- Schengen C visa – for short courses (summer schools, language schools) that last only for up to three months.
- National D visa –for courses that last longer than three months.
- If you are applying for a D visa and plan to stay in Switzerland for more than 3 months You will have to arrange a residence permit from the migration office within 14 days.
Apply for Study in Switzerland.
You have an interview at the Swiss embassy or consulate in your area after getting acceptance letter from the Swiss institute. Your schedule for a visa interview as early as 6 months before your studying session starts in Switzerland but not more than 3 months before your departure.
Note:- If the application form and all required documents are not in French, German or English, you will need a certified translation of all documents in one of these languages.
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- Visa Application Form (filled and signed)
- 4 passport size photos
- A Valid Passport
- Letter of acceptance by Swiss school/university
- Receipt of paid registration and tuition fees of Swiss school/university
- Proof of enough funds to cover your expenses during your study period in Switzerland
- Letter of institution or organization if expense of studies will be covered by a scholarship or loan
- Letter of motivation
- Commitment to leave Switzerland after completion of studies
Processing time for Swiss Student Visa
For C visa it takes around 10-15 days to process but the processing time for type-D visa is around 2-3 months. Due to this, you have to apply for the Swiss student visa as you received your acceptance letter from the Swiss institute.
To apply for the Swiss student visa, you will have to pay 67 CHF which is around 10,600 PKR.
How Swiss Student Visa Allow You to Work
Foreign students can work up to 15 hours a week during their semester and full-time during holidays, but they are allowed to work only after they have lived in Switzerland for more than six months and as long as it is not affecting your progress in studies which will be proved by providing a report from your institution showing your satisfactory progress in studies. If you get hired for a job, the hiring company or employer will get you a work permit.
Also, International students can stay for six more months after completing their studies in Switzerland to search for jobs.
Language Requirements for Swiss Student Visa
There are no such language requirements for a Swiss student visa but on other hand, school or university you are applying in will require a proof of language proficiency and that proof is enough for Swiss embassy.
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