Swiss Visa Refusal Appeal

Legal assistance and representation

A Swiss visa refusal is an unpleasant outcome, which however can contradict our legislation. Since Switzerland guaranties the right to access the court, the Swiss visa refusal can be firstly objected and then appealed.

Swiss Visa Refusal Objection

The competent Swiss representation (Embassy or Consulate) informs the applicant about the Swiss visa refusal through the so called “Visa refusal sheet”. After that, the applicant can file a “Written objection”. This shall be done within 30 days since the Swiss representation has notified about the refusal. There are also other formal requirements the “Written objection” has to meet. No English (or language other than German, French or Italian) text is allowed.

The Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) decides on the “Written objection” and pronounces the decision either in German, French or Italian language.

Swiss Visa Refusal Appeal

If the SEM confirms the Swiss Visa Refusal Appeal, the applicant may appeal with the Federal Administrative Court (location: St.Gallen). This shall be also done within 30 days of notification about the SEM negative decision.

How can I help?

A Swiss visa refusal objection/appeal is a procedure governed by Swiss law. If you want a positive decision, the objection/appeal text shall present a substantial argumentation written by a Swiss lawyer.

  • Since 2015, Swiss immigration law is one of my core fields of practice. I specialize on untypical and complicated cases;
  • As a Swiss lawyer, I am aware of the Swiss juridical and administrative practice;
  • Since I speak English, you do not need an interpreter;
  • Because my legal practice is located in Switzerland, the visa appeal correspondence will be delivered just within 1 working day (and not within weeks or even months in the case you/a third person on your behalf would appeal from outside of Switzerland).

If you want I help you with a visa rejection case, please contact me through the contact form below, and describe briefly your situation. I want you to consider that – before I begin to work on the case – I ask for an advanced payment (normally 3-5 hours). If my work exceeds this payment, the difference shall be paid, otherwise there will be a refund. The advanced payment corresponds the legal practice in Switzerland.

Marad Widmer, LL.M. (Geneva), Managing Partner of the Widmer Strategy GmbH. Bachelor and Master in Swiss Law (Universities of Berne and Zurich). Languages: German, English, Russian and Italian. Member of the Swiss Lawyers Association (SJV/SSJ/SSG). Author of the Portal „Business in Switzerland“.