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Switzerland US Consulate Reviews
Average Rating: 4.5 / 5
35 Review(s)
Switzerland
Review #26521 on June 25, 2019:

Elena J



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Review Topic: K1 Visa

My interview was at 9:30 AM, with the prospect of coming back in the afternoon for the actual interview.

I arrived at the embassy 15min before the interview. There was a line of 30-50 people (It is student visa season). I had some issues to find out where to go, as the inventation states to not wait in line.
I went through the "US Citicen and Immigrant Visa" line and showed my invitation to security. They went inside and came back asking me to open my medical envelope. I did and was let in through security.

Security is its own little building outside the embassy, they take phones, food and other small things and give you a number for pick up. Then you walk out of security and into the embassy building.
At the entrance is a bathroom and a drinking fountain. I went all the way to the back for "Visa" and waited in line with everyone else. When it was my turn I told her I was here for the K1 Visa and she made me sit down while she informed her co... read complete review

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Switzerland
Review #25159 on December 5, 2018:

Bigbobby9



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Review Topic: EB-5 Visa

Although my visa category is different I hope the review will help others in future.

There was a queue outside the embassy but most of them were for visitor visa. There was a separate line for immigrant visa but no one before us as our interview as at 9.30. Standard security procedure, only difference I found was that they did keep mobile phones in an open shelf and give a token to collect it during exit. No other electronic devices are allowed.

Inside, our originals were collected at the window. Within few minutes we and few other immigrant visa applicants were told to come back in the afternoon for the interview which as a bit surprising. Anyway, in the afternoon, only the immigrant visa holders were present so not many people inside. At our turn standard questions were asked. The computer system was out of order (upgrading to new system) so we were told leave all our originals behind along with passports.

For anyone who has any unmarried ... read complete review

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Switzerland
Review #23669 on April 21, 2018:





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Review Topic: K1 Visa

I expected it to be way more stressful. Great thing was, there was no other person there but me, so I had no lines or such.
At the first window a lady wanted all the documents I had to bring in, so she reviewed and asked 2-3 questions about it.
Once she finished she explained the next steps of the visa, once I enter the country, how much time it will take at my layover, etc.
Then she sent me to the next window and the officer talked to me about our relationship.
He asked me several questions about how we met, how long ago, when my mother met him the first time, when our wedding will be,
where he works, what his job is, how long he's been with this company, where my typical layovers are, etc.
It wasn't more than 10-15 minutes, and he said they'd send me all documents and visa back next Tuesday.
K1 usually takes 2 days of processing time, not like other visas he said.
Very friendly staff, great experiences, and felt lucky to be ther... read complete review

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Switzerland
Review #22320 on August 11, 2017:

Jugc



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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

I was the only one in this consulate, which confirmed my suspicion that it would be fast and without hassle (I was afraid I would have to go back to Colombia to do this process).

Just like many other reviews say, there was your standard security at the entry of the embassy. All the personal was very friendly. Then, you are escorted to the offices where someone reviews your paperwork, before indicating you that the CO will see you in a bit. She actually said (I am paraphrasing here): "everything looks good, but the CO will determine whether to approve it or not."

Then I meet with the CO, who was very friendly too. Pretty simple questions such as my occupation, my wife's occupation, if I have ever had problems with immigration or the police, and that was it! He approved the visa and told me to pick it up the next day.

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Switzerland
Review #22216 on July 25, 2017:





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Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa

Embassy communication good and clear in run up to interview.

Getting there:
Train - 10 minute walk from main station in Bern
Car - Parking garage available 200yds up from the Embassy on the left (other side of road) BUT pedestrian access leads you out onto main street so when you exit, walk down the hill and turn left and you will see the Embassy a short walk ahead of you ( c.5mins from car in all).
Car - Street parking available in a lot of places and just up from the Embassy on the left is a small entrance to pay/ticket display in car parking. cost as I write CHF2.20 per hour with an adjustment hrs more than one hour stay.

Personal possessions / cafe next door was to have building work, no-longer open as per other older posts, one is down the street is on the left 3-4mins away. I did not leave anything there so cannot say. Options are leave everything in the car, or use left luggage lockers at station or bring a friend and they hold... read complete review

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