A valid travel document, or a visa, is required both for entering Switzerland, as well as for short stays within the country. Travel documents need to be recognised by the Swiss authorities. You can apply for an entry visa at the Swiss consulate in your country of residence.
It may also issue a «Declaration of commitment» to you, should you fail to meet the financial requirements. Your host must fill out that form and hand it over to the Residents’ Office (counters 2 to 8), and pay a processing fee of CHF 50.00. Furthermore, he/she pledges to bear the full costs of your stay up to CHF 30,000 by that same declaration.
In order to review all declarations of sponsorship, the following documents need to be submitted to the Residents’ Office:
- Extract from the debt collection register
- Monthly salary statements
- Bank account statement (showing at least CHF 30,000.00) or definitive tax valuation
The Swiss consulate generally need around three to five weeks to complete the entire process, from the application to issuing the visa. Neither the host, nor the guest receive any feedback as to the decision. The Swiss consulate will inform the applicant about the status of the visa application.