Photo requirements have changed as of November 1, 2016. Eye glasses are no longer allowed in visa photos. For further details on photo requirements please visit:

Important Payment notice:

Please note that payments made through the Swiss Post Office will result in delays to your payment being registered. We strongly recommend that you pay using an alternate channel. Please enter your CGI Reference Number in the Message field on your online banking funds transfer page/bank receipt. Do not alter the CGI number or include any other information. If you do not include the CGI Reference, your payment will not be recognized.

Visa Waiver Program update:

If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but unable to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel. If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment. If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of any U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you may have received regarding your ESTA status.

 More information about restrictions to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, including the requirement for an electronic passport, is available at

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Switzerland. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bern.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Switzerland.