December 6 2021:

To all Swiss citizens residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Kentucky

Dear Fellow Swiss Citizens,

Since the introduction of the biometric passport, applicants must appear in person to record their biometric data: a photograph of the applicant’s face and his fingerprints.

We are pleased to announce that consular officers will be in Chicago from March 21st through March 26th, 2022 with a mobile biometric station. This will provide you the opportunity to come to Chicago instead of Washington DC in order to record your biometric data.

Due to the expected high volume of requests, priority has to be given to Swiss citizens having a passport, that has expired since 2019 or will expire through 2023.

If you fall into this category and you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, we kindly ask you to carefully read and follow the instructions attached to this email in order to complete the application. If you request a new Swiss passport and do not fall in the above mentioned category you may apply, however please note that your application will not be given priority and might not be considered.

For logistic purposes, requests for appointments in Chicago will only be accepted until January 20th, 2022. Please note, that we cannot consider specific date/time preferences. You will receive a confirmation of the appointment together with the information of the exact location and the amount for the passport fees before February 28th, 2022. Important: only confirmation e-mails will be sent out. If you do not receive a confirmation by February 28th, 2022 your application could unfortunately not be considered.

If you wish to receive information about other consular services, please visit our website at:


A letter from Annette Moser, Consul – Head of Chancery – Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America – September 2021

Dear Citizens of Switzerland and Liechtenstein,

I hope that this message finds you well.

I am pleased to inform you that as of August 3rd, 2021, I have taken up the position of Head of Consular Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC. I am replacing Mr. Leo Kalberer Bächtiger, who has been transferred to another Swiss representation abroad.  

I have longtime experience with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and have worked in different Swiss representations around the world (Frankfurt a.M., London, Sydney, Sofia, New York, Jakarta, Ottawa). My last posting was at the Consular Direction of the FDFA in Bern. I am very excited to now be working at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, DC.

Here at the Chancery of the Swiss Embassy, I am leading a team of 3 persons:

  • Ms. A. Imeri, consular specialist
    • Ms. B. Meine, consular employee  
    • Ms. K.Thomas, consular employee

We are competent, among other things, to process Swiss identity documents, authentications, and visas, and to register changes in civil status in Switzerland. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have at the following address: In this context, I would like to point out that the FDFA’s online desk is also available to simplify correspondence between you and the Embassy. Once you have opened an account you can enter your personal details online in the Register of the Swiss abroad. You can find more information about how to proceed at the following link: .

I would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that “SWI plus,” the SWI app, is now available also in English! The focus of this app is a daily briefing for the Fifth Switzerland with the most relevant news of the day. You will find more information about this application in the enclosed leaflet. It is a great way to be kept informed about what is happening in Switzerland.

I am looking forward to meeting you in person in the future.

In the meantime, stay safe!


Annette Moser
Head of Chancery

Embassy of Switzerland in the United States of America
2201 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., #300, Washington D.C. 20007-4105, USA
Phone: +1 (202) 745 7900


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