The Swiss authorities may require up to three months to process a study visa application from the date such application is submitted to the Swiss Embassy or Consulate.Applicants who seek to enter Switzerland with a valid passport from any of the countries mentioned below must be in possession of a STUDY VISA issued by a Swiss Embassy or Consulate before entering Switzerland for the purposes of studying only:EUROPE: Turkey and Eastern Countries, except Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia.AFRICA: All Countries.ASIA: All Countries, except Brunei, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.OCEANIA: All Countries, except New Zealand.AMERICAS: All Countries.Applicants from all countries are required to have a STUDENT PERMIT to stay in Switzerland for the purpose of studying only. The STUDENT PERMIT application formwill be requested on arrival by the school official.The applicant can not be accompanied by other members of his/her family while studying in Switzerland. Family members. Partners/family members are not included in a study visa and can only enter Switzerland with a Tourist Visa.A TOURIST VISAdoes NOT satisfy the above requirements and does NOT authorise a student with a foreign passport to study in Switzerland.
PERMIT PROCEDURE (B permit for studies purpose) B permit (permis de séjour) is an annual residence permit. It gives you the right to live in Switzerland for 180 days a year or more. It has to be renewed every year. European or non-European students who have just arrived in Switzerland have to apply for a B permit within a maximum of 8 days after their arrival in Switzerland. The foreign student must go personally to the “Contrôle des habitants” of their town of residence with the following documents. The permit application will only be processed when a complete file has been received.Be sure to include all documents.DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY THE “CONTROLE DES HABITANTS”1.“Arrival Report” completed and signed by the students.2.Attestation of studies and study plan (provided by School / University). 3.Letter of motivation dated and signed mentioning: - reasons for choosing to study in Switzerland - why -any future plans after completion of studies – explain the reasons of change of study orientation / of school.4.Curriculum Vitae mentioning: all schools attended, as well as professional experience or activities with an indication of dates, plus attached copies of diplomas. 5.Bank Statement from a solvent bank in Switzerland/abroad or Bank Attestation stipulating that you and/or your parents have adequate funding available to financially support your living expenses of over CHF 20'000.-- throughout the duration of your studies). 6.Accommodation contract or a confirmation by a landlord/host.7.Previous Swiss Residence Permit if any.8.Written undertaking to leave Switzerland at the end of the planned studies (Separate letter or attestations, dated and signed, constituting a formal undertaking).9.Identity document (copy of passport and the last two Schengen visas if existing).10.Four identical, recent Schengen-conform passport photographs. As soon as you apply for a B permit, it will take approximately 4-6 weeksto receive your B permit card. The “Contrôle des habitants” can provide you with an attestation of residence if you ask for. This document is proof that you are now registered at the “Contrôle des habitants” and that your permit is in process.
Foreign students may work a maximum of 15 hours per work during their studies, and up to 100% during semester breaks. This must be reported in all cases to the responsible immigration authorities. Students from outside the EU/EFTA region may only start working six months after the beginning of their studies. In these cases, the employer must submit a corresponding request for taking up employment to ensure that an employment check can be carried out. Following this, the immigration authorities can issue a work permit. Jobs can be found in newspaper advertisements, general employment websites, student associations at your university or via the university itself.