How To Apply For A Switzerland Student Visa From Nigeria
These days, many have made Switzerland their prime destination for studies, quality of life and entertainment. The reasons are not farfetched. A country which is characterized by urban cities, snowy mountains, lakes, beautiful landscapes, and a major financial hub for after-school opportunities. Trust me, you can’t study in Switzerland and return the same. The country on its own can offer you after study jobs capable of making you rich. For those seeking to study in Switzerland, there are some popular locations for international studies which includes Zürich, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, and Bern.
Despite its high standard of education, Swiss universities do offer a very high standard of education and comparatively low tuition fees in bachelor, master, and doctoral degree levels respectively. And this is one reason many are trooping into that country. For me, Swiss remain one of the top ten countries to further your education with best qualitative education.
There are criteria for studying in Switzerland as a Nigerian international student. And those are the things I will be sharing with you. First and foremost, you will need to apply for a student visa from the Swiss embassy here in Nigeria before embarking on a journey to Switzerland.
Please note that there are various kinds of Swiss visa but the Swiss student visa is issued to visa applicants who have the intention of studying courses that ranges from language courses or vocational training from an accredited university or institute in Switzerland. There’re also course for short term which usually last for just 90 days which is about three months. For such a short course, For such a short course, you will need a short-term Schengen C visa. But for those who will be doing a course of more than 90 days, such a one will need a national D visa and a residence permit visa which will be required for travel. Residence permits are issued by the Cantonal Migration Offices. Also, you should note that there is a distinction is made between short-term residence permits (less than one year), annual residence permits (limited) and permanent residence permits (unlimited).
Below is the process on how the student visa application for Switzerland from Nigeria is done.
Swiss visa application for a long-term D visa, documents will include:
- Three Visa Type D application form, duly completed and signed. Click here for English/German and here for English/French
- Four identical passport photographs in dimensions of 35 – 40 mm, in colour, full face capture, white background, no wigs, glasses, etc
- An international passport with 12 months validity and two blank leaflets at the back. You can process your international passport at your nearest immigration office. Click here for our article on how to process your international passport
- Two copies of passport pages listing past travel history i.e. valid visas to Schengen, UK and US, or any visa refusal letter
- Two copies of international passport bio data pages
- Original and two copies of proof of adequate financial resources to cover your costs while you’re in Switzerland, whether yourself, parents or a sponsor, such as copies of bank statements (6 months duration) or a letter from the bank.
- Proof of healthcare insurance which includes cover medical costs of up to €30,000. Click here for our article on where to get your travel insurance
- Original and two copies of birth certificate
- Original confirmation of enrolment at a recognized Swiss educational institution, inclusive of two copies
- Original confirmation of course tuition fees paid, inclusive of two copies
- Original certificate of English language proficiency test and two copies, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL
- Two copies of Curriculum Vitae
- Motivation letter outlining why you want to come to Switzerland to study and how this will be beneficial to your career
- Original and two copies of previous educational certificates and diplomas
- A signed statement letter confirming that you will leave Switzerland at the end of the course
- Receipt of visa application fee of N22, 200, this is paid at the teller counter of the embassy, application processing fees may be charged. Note that this fee is non-refundable
- Biometric data such as fingerprints scan and facial image will be taken at the Switzerland embassy, this will be stored in the Visa Information System for five years
Visa Application Processing
For those who are applying for a student study visa to Switzerland, you will need an appointment at least one week ahead in order to submit their visa application. This is very important so take note of it. When an applicant receives his or her conditional offer of admission into a Swiss university, appointments should be booked immediately. So all applications should be submitted as early as 10 weeks – 6 months before travel date is issued.
Applicants can get their appointment letter from the embassy by sending an e-mail to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the embassy from Mondays to Thursdays between 14:00PM and 15:00PM, at the phone number +234 810 071 8141. The following are to be provided while setting up the appointment.
Nature of travel i.e. studies
- Your complete name
- Telephone number
- Passport number
- E-Mail address
- Planned arrival date and travel itinerary in Switzerland.
All appointment will be fixed with the embassy from Monday to Thursday between 09:00AM and 11:00AM. So anything short of this is a fraud. You are not to come late on your appointment day. At least you are to arrive at least 20 minutes in advance, show your passport to the doorman in order him to verify your name on the list.
All forms and application forms and all necessity must be ready, fully completed and duly signed, with all the necessary documents, photocopies and photos, which should be in accordance with the Switzerland visa rules. Take note that incomplete application usually will end you in a new appointment in a later date. Usually, the visa procedure for Swiss student study visa does take 8 – 12 weeks from the date of your application acceptance to process. During this period, a receipt ticket will be given to you which will be required for passport collection as it where.
Switzerland Passport collection
There is no appointment needed for the collection of passports which is usually done between Monday to Thursday between 14:00PM/14:30PM and on Friday between 10:30AM/11:00AM.
When you arrive Swiss, you will be required to register your arrival and arrange to get your residence permit from the cantonal migration offices 14 days after you must have arrived in Switzerland. During the waiting period for your B permit (which may take some weeks), you’ll be given a letter of attestation that will allow you to open a bank account but won’t allow you to leave the country. After you have collected your B permit in the form of a biometric card. This B permit is valid for a year and renewable.