Important Announcements:

On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries.  The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas.  More information is available at this link.

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Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days.  There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please send an email to support-switzerland@ustraveldocs.com for specific guidance. Information concerning rescheduling a pending consular appointment is also available at https://ustraveldocs.com/ch.

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As a result of the worldwide reciprocity review, there have been substantial changes to the reciprocity fees and visa validity periods for nationals of many countries, including Switzerland (E1, E2, certain F1 and F2, H1-B, H4, I, L1, L2, R1, and R2) and Liechtenstein (F1, R1, and R2).  For more information about reciprocity fees and validity periods, please visit the Department of State’s website. These fees must be paid at the time of the visa approval by credit card, U.S. dollars, or Swiss francs at the Embassy.

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