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Study Visa


Student visas are given to bona fide students to pursue regular studies at recognized institutions in India. The visa is multiple entries and valid for the period of study as approved by the educational institution in India.

Visa Fees

Your payment allows you to submit your application through the Indian Visa Application Centre. Your application can be accepted, refused or modified by the Embassy of India in its full right. Once service charges have been paid, they cannot be refunded, even in the case of a visa refusal or cancelling an application.


If sending your application by post, please do not forget to enclose the courier service charge to have your passport sent back to you by secure courier. Please refer to the below Fee Charge Table for details.

Nationality Validity No. of Entries Visa Fee Service Charge Consular Fee SMS/Email-messaging Premium – Courier Delivery Total Amount
Switzerland Depending on the duration of Studies from 1 year to 5 years, whichever is earlier Multiple 141 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 200.95
United States Multiple 196 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 255.95
Sri Lanka Multiple 143 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 202.95
Ukrainian Multiple 150 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 209.95
Russia Single 71 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 130.95
  Double 159 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 218.95
  Multiple 212 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 271.95
Pakistan Multiple 5 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 64.95
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, DRK, Jamaica, Maldives, Mongolia, Mauritius, Myanmar, South Africa, Seychelles,   Multiple 0 9.70+3.75* 0 3.50 40 56.95
  United Kingdom Multiple 404 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 463.95
All Other Nationals Multiple 141 9.70+3.75* 3 3.50 40 209.95
  • * All payments to be made in CHF (Swiss Francs) only

  • * All above payments include Bank Charges CHF 3.75 and applicable VAT


  • Mode of Payment
    • Credit Cards (At Visa Centre): Visa & Master Card (Cards locally issued in Switzerland)
    • Debit Card (At Visa Centre)
    • Cash (At Visa Centre)
    • Payment at Swiss Post.
  • Payment by Postal Order  

    Please make your payment in favour of "VF SERVICES (UK) Limited" Account Number 60-433764-4 at Swiss Post office outlets or via E-Banking (IBAN: CH89 0900 0000 6043 3764 4)

    Refund of Visa Application Fee

    If VFS is in breach of contract or negligent in relation to any visa application submitted, resulting in the visa not being granted or loss of applicants passport with valid visas, in each case, wherein the applicant has to apply for a new passport or cannot travel to India at the times stated by the applicant in his/her visa application, then VFS will refund to the applicant the amount of the visa application fee only.

    Loss or damage to passports and other travel documents.

    VFS takes every reasonable precaution while handling an applicant's passport & documents, and if due to any breach of contract or negligence on the part of VFS, the applicant's submitted passport or documents are lost or damaged beyond a useable condition, then VFS will pay to the applicant the amount of the fees charged by the government of the applicant's home country, for the replacement of the lost or damaged passport or other documents through their normal replacement procedure, and VFS will assist the applicant with the same within its capacity. Such payments will be made by VFS to the applicant on the presentation of the payment receipt issued by the government of their respective home country for the replacement of such lost or damaged passport or documents.

Documents Required

  • Visa application form duly filled and signed by the applicant.
  • Two recent colour passport size (about 50mm x 50mm) photograph, showing full frontal view of face against a white background to be pasted on the application form.
  • Current Valid passport with minimum of 180 days.
  • Requisite fee
    3rd Country nationals are required to submit a copy of valid residence permit B or C.
  • Referral form along with an Additional Referral fee of 25 CHF has to be paid by all nationals except citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Letter of admission from recognized educational institution with duration of the course

    A copy of your flight reservation details (Travel itinerary)

  • Bona fide letter the school / college
  • Receipt / Acknowledgement of fees paid to the school / college.
  • Documents showing financial support for tuition fees and stay in India.
  • Proof of English specking efficiency (Preferably a high school level certificate of English subject or equivalent proof of English course studies
  • Proof of present academic level of studies
  • Proof of financial support preferably a bank statement
  • All applicants will be required to download and sign a Declaration Form, which will be made available on the website and submit it along with the application at the Visa Centre

Photo Specifications

It is imperative that the photograph submitted at the time of application must fall within the specifications and sizes given below.

Unacceptable photographs, that do not meet the specifications, may not be accepted for submission.

Sample Photograph:

  • The photograph should be in colour and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm).
  • The photo-print should be clear and with a continuous-tone quality.
  • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
  • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
  • Centre head within frame.
  • The background should be a plain light colour background.
  • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
  • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
  • The expression on the face should look natural.
Sample Photo 1

Do’s and Don’ts for a Proper photograph

The photo for each applicant submitted must measure:

  • The photo should capture full face, front view, with eyes open.
  • The head should be in the centre of the frame.
  • There should be no distracting shadows on the face or background.
  • Sample Photo 2
  • Make sure photo presents full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25 mm to 35 mm). Make sure eye height is between 1- 1/8 inches to 1-3.
  • Sample Photo 3

Lighting on face and background

  • The light should be even and balanced to avoid shadows on the face.
  • Background behind the face should be properly illuminated to avoid shadows in the background.
  • Sample Photo 4

Photograph Print Properties

  • The photograph should be in size 2 inch x 2 inch (50 mm x 50 mm) and in color.
  • Print photo on thin photo paper.
  • Ensure the print is clear and has a continuous-tone quality.
  • Do not retouch or otherwise enhance or soften the photo.
  • Sample Photo 5

Resolution and Printing Quality/Contrast and colour

  • High-resolution photography and printing are strongly recommended.
  • Both conventional and digital photography are acceptable, and conventional or digital printing methods may be used.
  • Resulting print should exhibit a continuous-tone quality regardless of the print method used (dye sublimation, ink jet, laser, etc.)
  • Digitally printed photos should be produced without visible pixels or dot patterns
  • Fine facial features should be discernible.
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjusted to present the subject and background accurately.
  • Photos without proper contrast or colour may obscure unique facial features.
  • colour should reproduce natural skin tones.
  • Fluorescent or other lighting with
  • Unbalanced colour may cause unwanted colour cast in the photo. Appropriate filters can eliminate improper colour balance.
  • Sample Photo 6

Head & Eyes- Position and Background

  • Head should face the camera directly and should not tilt or turned (portrait style).
  • Photo must show both edges of the face clearly.
  • The eyes must be open, level and clearly visible and must not be covered by hairs or eyeglass frames.
  • Sample Photo 7


  • Glare on eyeglasses should be avoided with a slight upward or downward tilt of the head.
  • No tinted or dark glasses.
  • Sample Photo 8

Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.

Exposure and Lighting

  • There should not be any over-exposure or underexposure which results in an unusable photo.
  • There should be a three-point balanced lighting. Facial features should be clearly evident in the photo.
  • Lighting should be adjusted to avoid shadows on the face or background. Diffuse sources of light, such as umbrella lights, are preferable to point sources.
  • Sample Photo 9

Flexibility in Children’s photographs

  • Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.
  • As regards the photograph of the children under ten years of age, requirements can be somewhat relaxed in respect of height of the face and the position of the eyes in the photographs; and in case of babies and infants also, the position of the face, the facial expression, the eyes and the line of sight can have some relaxation. However, a frontal photograph with clarity is required for children.
  • It should show the child alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
  • Sample Photo 10

Processing Time

Average processing times vary as explained below. Please finalize your travel arrangements only after you obtain an appropriate visa. VFS / Embassy of India, Bern will not be responsible for any inconvenience/problems faced as a result of finalizing travel plans before obtaining your appropriate visa.

Normal Applications

Normal Tourist / Business visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months can be issued within 5 - 7 working days for foreign nationals, but visa requested in exceptional cases for a duration of 1 year or more, will take a minimum of 7 - 10 working days .

Most Tourist / Business visas up to a period of 6 / 12 months for Swiss and Liechtenstein nationals would be processed within 2-3 working days after submission of application except as detailed below

  • Employment, research, student , Volunteers visa may take up to 3 weeks or more
  • Processing time for the below mentioned nationalities will take a minimum 7- 10 working days.
    • Nationals of Bangladesh or any applicant (irrespective of current nationality) who previously held Bangladeshi nationality
    • Sri Lankan nationals or Swiss Nationals of Sri Lankan Origin

Please note that the above mentioned times are dependent on the Embassy of India, Bern and will not be same for all visa cases.

Same Day Visa Service

Effective 01st April 2014 the Embassy of India will no longer process same day (Urgent) visa applications.

Please note: The processing times for visas are estimates only. We do not guarantee the visa will be issued same day. Non-Swiss nationals and Swiss nationals who require a reference have a processing time of 7-10 working days. These are based on information and experience of the Embassy of India, Bern. 

The processing of your application is subject to the procedures and timescales of the Embassy of India, Bern, over which we have no control

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