Switzerland is a famous attraction for business community around the world among Schengen States. Switzerland attracts business people around the world for business events ,seminars and trade shows. Swiss banks are famous all over the world for banking policies. Pakistani business men visit Switzerland every year for business and pleasure. Switzerland host different trade shows, business conference and business meeting including medical science, information technology, economics, banking and finance. Switzerland also host business meetings for multinational companies. Every year thousands of Pakistani nationals apply for Switzerland business visa.The applicants visiting Switzerland to attend conference, fair, cultural or sports event only may also apply under business visa category.
Documents required for Switzerland Business visa from Pakistan
Switzerland Visa applicants from Pakistan must complete the documents from the below mention list.The guide includes all the information for business visitors visiting Switzerland to attend business meeting,conference or trade show.
Application form for Switzerland
For Swiss Business visa to Switzerland fully completed with accurate information C visa application form is required.
All the applicants must sign the visa forms on the last page.
Two recent colored Photographs are required for Switzerland Business visitor visa. The photographs must not be older than 3 months and should be printed on good paper quality.
All the applicants for Switzerland business visa must submit a valid passport to embassy. The passport must be valid for at least three months form the date of departure and must have at least two blank pages for visa issuance.
The applicant for Swiss Business visa must include a full copy of used pages of passport with visa application.
The applicants must enclose photocopies of the photo and information page and all the pages including Schengen/US/UK visas with the stamps for entry and exit from the countries .
All previous passports with all the used pages including visa ,entry exit stamps and other used pages must be photocopied and enclosed with the application.
If the applicant previous passport is stolen the he must send a a police report with English translation.
Photo copy is Pakistani national Identity Card (CNIC)
A photocopy of computerized driving license ( if available)
Employment History for Employed person
All the applicants rom Pakistan seeking Swiss business visa and who work for some organization must present a Original reference letter from their company/employer .The reference letter must have the applicant name, designation, wage, employment tenure, office address and contact numbers of the employer. The letter must clearly state the purpose and duration of visit to Switzerland.
For Self Employed and sole properitor
All the applicants seeking Switzerland business visa must enclose the following documents.
Business and Personal bank account Details from Bank (Bank Statement).
Bank reference letters
A copy of National Tax Number
A membership certificate form Chamber of commerce and industry
Large Companies including Private limited and public limited companies
The large companies owners including company directors , president ,chief executive ,share holders must include the details of NTN numbers, share details,designation and role in company,bank statement ,bank reference letter ect.
Documents for Family members of Business visitors to Switzerland
The business visitors family members must present all the available documents according to tourist and family visitor visa application process.
Original Bank statements for the last 3 months must be enclosed. The applicants may add documents related to fixed term deposit and investment in stock Exchange.
Applicants for swiss business visa must include property documents including commercial, residential and agricultural properties.
Debit visa cards and credit cards details
If a applicant is sponsored by host company or person then letter from the guarantor agreeing to bear the cost of all accommodation and expenses during your stay in Switzerland must be enclosed
The Schengen Travel insurance or schengen medical insurance must cover the period of travel and stay .The travel insurance must cover 30000Euro amount.
Visa application history and Visa Refusals
All the applicant must include all details of visa refusals in last five years by any embassy and high commission. Applicants must also explain the reason of visa refusal in written form.The applicants must also enclose refusal letters.
Travel Plan details
All the applicants for Switzerland business t visa from Pakistan must enclose a Valid confirmed flight reservation and confirmed hotel booking .
IMPORTANT: All copies of documents must be in A4 format.
Switzerland Business visa photo specification
Swiss Embassy Islamabad have different photo requirements.
For visa processing the embassy require 2 photographs.
The photo size for visa to swiss visa must be minimum 35-40 mm and must not be old than 6 month and must be taken from the front.
The photo for swiss visa must show the entire head and the top of the shoulders. The face must occupy 75-80 % of the photograph or 25 to 31 mm from Crown to chin in the photograph
The photographs must be taken against a light background either white or off-white .
The photo must be of clear quality and with the face in focus.
The photo for Swiss visa must be Printed on normal photographic paper .
The photo must have Full face, non-smiling ,without sunglasses and without hat/ head covering, unless the applicant wears such items because of their religious belief .
Applicants must stick the photographs on via application form.
Note: Be advised that if applicant will not follow the instruction then application will be considered in complete.
Photo booth meeting these requirements is available at the visa application centers .
Swiss Business/Training Visa specific documentation
The applicant require Letter of invitation from the Swiss business partner. The trip duration, meeting agenda and purpose of visit must be mentioned in the letter.
The Swiss business visa applicant from Pakistan must enclose Proofs of business transactions and activities with the inviting company in Switzerland .The applicants can present agency agreements, international business and trade agreements, purchase agreements, Products shipment documents etc.
Participants seeking training in Switzerland must enclose Training Program invitation letters with training schedule and other details
Documentation for conference, fair, cultural or sports event only
The applicants must enclose Letter of invitation from the organizer in Switzerland. The letter must have details of the event .The event attendees and guest speakers can apply under swiss business class category.
The attendees of events ,fair and sports in Switzerland must enclose events tickets and international invitation letters for swiss visa.
Switzerland business Visa process from Pakistan
Once all the documents and swiss business visa form are completed the next step is the submission of documents and payment of visa fee.
In Pakistan Gerry’s Pakistan ( fedex Pakistan ) is providing the swiss business visitor (Schengen Visa) processing services through its visa drop box offices in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.
All the business swiss visa applicants in Pakistan must submit their applications in Gerry’s drop boxes. Applicants can also pay the visa fee in the centers.
Applicants may also submit applications directly in swiss embassy Islamabad however they need to take appointment first.
Visit the link for details https://www.eda.admin.ch/countries/pakistan/en/home/visa/entry-residency/visa.html
Switzerland business visa application submission centers in Pakistan
The swiss business visa application can be submitted in three locations in Pakistan.
Switzerland Visa Application Center in Islamabad
14-B Sadiq Plaza,
G-9 Markaz, Islamabad
Switzerland Visa Application Center in Karachi
Bahria Complex IV, 4th Floor,
Main Chaudhary Khaliq UZ Zaman Road. Gizri, Clifton, Karachi
Switzerland Visa Application Center in Lahore
20 Ex American Center Building,
Opposite Ganga Ram Hospital,
Queens Road, Lahore
Switzerland business visa fee from Pakistan
The swiss visa fee for business visa is 60 Euro (7100 Pak Rupees) for children over 12 and adults.The fee for children between six to twelve is 35(PKR4200) euros.There is no visa fee for Switzerland for children under six years of age.
- The visa fee in Pak rupees are subject to change without prior notice as it depends on current exchange rate..
- All fees should be paid in advance and are non-refundable.
- All applicants must pay the visa fee at time of application. If an applicant qualifies for a fee exemption as an EU/EEA dependent family member, the fee will be refunded by the Embassy of Switzerland.
Gerry’s Charges for Swiss visa application processing form Pakistan.
Gerry’s charges a separate fee for SMS charges and swiss visa application fee. The current fee for sms charges is 200 and visa application processing fee is 3653 Pak rupees.
Be advised that the Swiss embassy reserves the right to call the applicants for visa interview in Swiss embassy Islamabad.
Switzerland business visa processing time
Swiss visa applicants must know that visa processing times varies for different visa applications .The processing time depends on application type, number of applications in embassy and documentation provided by applicant.
Applicants are advised that the visa processing time for swiss visit visa issuance can be 4 weeks maximum and in some cases it might go even longer.
Switzerland business visa refusal
In case the swiss visa is refused then applicants may reapply with new valid information.