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last updated on 2017-06-19 by Diane and Chris

Phone Number: Phone: 0900 87 84 72
FAX: 031 357 73 98
E-Mail: bernniv@state.gov
Address: Embassy of the United States
Nonimmigrant Visa Unit/Immigrant Visa Unit
P.O.Box
3001 Bern
Switzerland
Working Hours: 14-17.30
Best Contact Method: Email (takes 1-2 days for reply)
It is almost impossible to reach them by phone. On the regular phone number is a tape recorded saying you should email. The 0900 number is not for the K1 Visa.
Approx Waiting Time for Interview After Consulate Recieves NVC Package: 1 month
Issues Packet 3?
Packet 3 Contains: Checklist
Medical examination Instructions
Instr. for a Swiss police certificate
Instr. for Affadavit of Support
Instr. for Visa Payment
Instr. for US visa photos
Issues Packet 4? Yes
Packet 4 Contents (if known): Interview date
Forms to Consulate? Copy of DS-160 confirmation page with barcode
Checklist (You obtain all the things asked for, check and sign the checklist and send it back. After this the interview date is being sent to you.)
Other Forms (if any)?
Direct Consular Filing Offered? Yes
If DCF Allowed: For all or only US citizen lawfully resident in country? Residents_Only
Can fiance(e)/spouse attend interview? Yes
Visa fee payment "same day" or "in advance"? Advance
Did embassy schedule interview or could you walk-in? Embassy Scheduled
Visa issued same day? No
If not what's the waiting period? visa pick up window: next day at 16.00 or day after that delivery by mail: about 1 week or more
Is the Medical exam same day as interview? Prior to Interview
Cost of Medical Exam? 560.- fr Basel, 560.- fr Zurich, 560.- fr Bern

Plus immunisation or admin fees and told to budget for SFr 700.00 to be paid on day of medical.
Some immunisation costs are reclaimable from health care providers.
List of doctors? DOCTORS - AERZTE - MEDECINS - MEDICI


Make appointments by telephone - auf telephonische Vereinbarung - par rendez-vous telephonique - fanno appuntamenti per telefono!

Basel: Dr. Sam Baxas, Baxamed AG,
Hauptstr. 4, 4102 Binningen-Basel/BL,
Tel: (061) 422 12 95
Fax: (061) 422 12 86
E-mail: info@baxamed.com


Bern: Dr. Olav Lux, Bubenbergplatz 11,
3011 Bern
Tel: (031) 320 11 11
Fax: (031) 320 11 19

Geneva: Dr. Philippe Deleamont, 8A chemin des
Clochettes, 1206 Geneva
Tel: (022) 346 04 35
Fax: (022) 347 62 49


Zurich: Dr. Marianne Bigler Anit
Konkordiastr. 12
(beim Roemerhof), 8032 Zurich
Tel: (044) 383 42 22
Fax: (044) 383 84
How many Passport Photo's Required for the medical? 4
How many Passport Photo's Required at the interview? 2
Estimated waiting time at the consulate on the day of interview? 1-1,5 hours They appoint you a time in the morning where you have to bring all your documents... and then you usually have to go back in the afternoon for the visa interview.
Vaccination requirements? MMR (Mumps, Measel and Rubella) Tetanus Diphteria and Pertussis (TDaP) Varicella (chicken pox)
Cheap and good hotels near the Consulate? Come on, Switzerland is tiny! Switzerland would hate to be known as being cheap. Everyone is within 3 hours train or car travel time to the Embassy.
Additional Info? There are not many people going through this embassy. Hence it's very efficient. Don't be surprised if they remember your email from 6 months ago!!!


very friendly people, dont ask a lot of questions or need a lot of proove.. at least in my case...

When you take your Medical make sure that the doctor gives you a copy of all the information you have to take to the Embassy. It is highly likely that you need these copies later on in the visa process.


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