76,700 visas were issued to Indians travelling to Switzerland in 2011, while the figures for 2010 stand at 61,686.
Switzerland and VFS Global have partnered to open branches of Swiss Visa Application Centres (VACs) in 10 cities across India, in addition to the existing VACs in New Delhi and Mumbai. Residents of Chandigarh, Kolkata, Jalandhar, Cochin, Chennai, Pondicherry, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad will soon be able to avail of the services of satellite Visa Application Centres in their cities while applying for visa to travel to Switzerland. The partnership will be established as a pilot project and is limited to two years.
The following services will be provided by the Swiss VACs:
• Collection of visa applications.
• If necessary arrange an interview with the Embassy in New Delhi or the Consulate General in Mumbai.
• Once the visa is issued by the Swiss Embassy/Consulate General handing out the passport with visa to the applicant/third party who is authorized by applicant.
•Providing information on visa procedure with Webpage and call center.
• Optional services such as receiving application status via SMS, courier delivery of passport and documents.