Do You Need Visa to Visit Germany?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Germany? Check It Out!

Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Germany

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Germany

There are three different kinds of visas in Germany:

  1. Schengen Visa - Short Stay Visa
  2. Airport Transit Visa
  3. National Visa – Long Stay Visa

Germany Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa entitles the holder to visits of up to 90 days in every 6 months in the entire Schengen area.

 

Which Countries are in the Schengen Area?

 

The Schengen area is an area comprised of 26 European states that have abolished passport control at their shared borders and have adopted a common visa policy.

 

List of Schengen Countries:

Austria

Liechtenstein

Belgium

Lithuania

Czech Republic

Luxembourg

Denmark

Malta

Estonia

The Netherlands

Finland

Norway

France

Poland

Germany

Portugal

Greece

Slovakia

Hungary

Slovenia

Iceland

Spain

Italy

Sweden

Latvia

Switzerland

 

If your citizenship country does not have a visa exemption agreement with Germany and you want to come to Germany for a short stay, for a business trip, holiday, family or friends visit, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand. This short-stay visa is valid only for up to 90 days stay within a 180-day period in Germany and all other Schengen area member states. The start date of the 180-day period is the day you enter Germany or another Schengen country.

 

Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Processing Time

The average processing time for the application for a German visa is approximately 15 calendar days. Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

Visa Application Processing time of the third-country nationals may be more than normal. As their Applications are subject to prior consultation.

Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus (Applies only to holders of diplomatic and service passports.)
  • D.R. Congo
  • Egypt (Does not apply to holders of diplomatic and service passports.)
  • Eritrea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • (North) Korea
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Russian (Federation Applies only to holders of service passports.)
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia (Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports.)
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Uzbekistan (Does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports or soldiers and police officers who travel for the purpose of exercising their duty)
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Category of persons:
  • Refugees
  • Stateless Persons

 

 

Single, double, or multiple-entry

The Schengen visa can be in three types, depending on the holder’s purpose of travel: it can be used for one, two, or multiple entries to the Schengen area.

If you are planning to leave and re-enter the Schengen area during your visit, you will need to apply for a double or multiple-entry visa. You must specify it in your Schengen visa application form, which type of visa you are applying for.

If you have a multiple entry Schengen visas with a validity of more than six months, 1, 2, 3, 5 years, you can use it for one, entire 90-day stay, or for two or more visits not exceeding 90 days within every 180 days.

If you stay for the consecutive 90 days, you will need to exit the Schengen area for another 90 days before being eligible for another Schengen visa.

Subcategories

  1. Tourism
  2. Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit
  3. Family and Friend Visit
  4. Visa for Spouses / Relative of EU / German nationals
  5. Cultural, Scientific, Sporting events
  6. Medical Treatment (up to 90 days)
  7. Study (up to 90 days)
  8. Work (up to 90 days)

 


 

Germany Tourist Visa

If you intend to visit Germany with the purpose of tourism for a period shorter than 90 days, depending on your nationality, you might be required to obtain a Germany Tourist visa first.

The Germany Tourist visa permits you to stay in Germany and realize your tourist activities for a maximum period of 90 days at most per 180 days.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Tourist Visa 

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Tourist Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Tourist visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 
Germany Tourist Visa  Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a GermanyTourist visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

A Germany Business visa gives you the authorization to enter Germany and stay here for a maximum period of up to 90 days within six months, as permitted. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

Under the Business visa category, the following cases would be applicable:

  • Business matters/meetings/ negotiation/trainings
  • Conference/Congress/Exhibition
  • Scientific/Research events
  • Journalists
  • Official delegations

 

Required Documents for a Germany Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

9. Proof of Occupation

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Reference from the Pension Fund (if retired)

10. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

11. Documents Reflecting the Nature of the Business Trip and the Existence of Business Relations (if applicable including information about who covers the expenses of the business trip in Germany)

  • Invitation letter from company/authority in Germany with full address, stating the purpose and duration of the business trip and/or
  • Information on event/congress/trade fair being visited in Germany with details of organizer/host, with full address in Germany, duration of the event, and reason to take part (e.g. visitor ticket for trade fair).
  • Only applicable if fair exhibitor: Information on trade fair by submitting exhibitor ticket/exhibitor invoice/confirmation letter reflecting status as trade fair exhibitor.
  • Information reflecting the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes stating details of Parties.

 

Processing Time for Germany Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa 

The average processing time for a Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 
Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa?

You will apply for a Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Medical Treatment Visa

In case of medical treatment (applicable to patient and escort)

 

Required Documents for a Germany Medical Treatment Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

9. Proof of Occupation

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Reference from the Pension Fund (if retired)

10. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

      For the patient:

  • Appointment letter from the German hospital/doctor signed and stamped, including details on how costs will be paid (paid upon arrival, the deposit needs to be paid, etc.)
  • Recent medical report
  • Letter from the organization covering all occurring expenses, medical treatment for the patient, stating the timeframe of treatment (if applicable). Alternatively, a written clarification as to who will cover the expenses.

      For escort:

  • Cover letter naming escort and explaining the reason for escorting patient (stating the full name of patient)
  • Appointment letter of the patient for treatment in Germany
  • Letter from the organization covering all occurring expenses, medical treatment for patients, stating the timeframe of treatment (if applicable). Alternatively, a written clarification as to who will cover the expenses.

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

* Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Medical Treatment Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Medical Treatment visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 

Germany Medical Treatment Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Medical Treatment Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Medical Treatment visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

The German Cultural/Scientific/Sports Visa enables you to enter Germany for cultural, scientific, or, sports purposes, such as attending cultural events.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Flight Reservation

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

9. Proof of Occupation

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Reference from the Pension Fund (if retired)

10. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

11. Documents Reflecting the Nature/Purpose of the Journey and Stay of Artist/Member of Cultural/Sports Association in Germany: Artist/Athlete Member of Cultural/Sports Association at travels to a Cultural/Sports Event Organized in Cooperation with a German Cultural/Sports Association

  • Letter of Local Cultural Association / Sports Association stating timeframe and schedule of cultural event/sports camp with details of organizer/host with full address in Germany, as well as the purpose of cultural camp/event and information who covers costs (accommodation, travel expenses).
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed “letter of no objection” of school/university confirming participation in cultural / sports event.
  • Letter of Local German Cultural / Sports Association with full address, stating partner of cooperation, timeframe, and schedule of camp/event

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa 

The average processing time for a Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 
Germany Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa?

You will apply for a Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Visiting Family and Friends Visa

A short stay family/friend visit visa allows you to travel to Germany to visit family or friends for up to a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Visiting Family and Friends Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Flight Reservation

  • Flight reservation

8. Proof of Visit / Accommodation:

  • Formal obligation letter by the host in Germany giving the guarantee to cover all costs, also in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Law of Residence, original (no older than 6 months) and in the copy sent to the applicant; and/or
  • Personalized original invitation letter of the host in Germany with full address giving details whether travel expenses of the applicant (e.g. accommodation, meals, and travel costs) are covered and showing the purpose of the intended visit, including travel itinerary.
  • If applicable: traveling in the company of / visiting a close relative, evidence of relationship (e.g. copy of marriage certificate, birth certificate) should be submitted

9. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

10. Proof of Occupation

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Reference from the Pension Fund (if retired)

11. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Visiting Family and Friends Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Visiting Family and Friends visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 
Germany Visiting Family and Friends Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Visiting Family and Friends Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Visiting Family and Friends visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Visa for Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals

If you are a spouse or relative of EU/German national, you can apply for this visa in order to realize your trip.

 

Required Documents for a Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Flight Reservation

  • Flight reservation

8. Proof of Visit / Accommodation:

       In the case of tourism purpose:

  • Valid (existing) hotel/apartment booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.), if necessary, a letter giving explanations of travel plans.

       In the case of visit purpose (e.g. visiting family and friends):

  • Formal obligation letter by the host in Germany giving the guarantee to cover all costs, also in accordance with §§ 66-68 of the Law of Residence, original (no older than 6 months) and in the copy sent to the applicant;
  • Personalized original invitation letter of the host in Germany (if not identical with German / EU relative) with full address giving details whether travel expenses of the applicant (e.g. accommodation, meals, and travel costs) and reflecting the purpose of the visit including planned travel itinerary. Note: If the applicant covers their own expenses, further documentation is required (e.g. bank statements, etc.)

9. Proof of Relationship:

  • Evidence of relationship (e.g. copy of marriage certificate, birth certificate)
  • Relative’s copy of passport & resident permit
  • Proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced / death certificate of parent (Consulate reserves the right to request the original document at a later stage)

           German or English translation is a must

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. Proof of Occupation

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Reference from the Pension Fund (if retired)

12. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 
Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals Visa?

You will apply for a Spouses / Relative of EU / German Nationals visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Study (Schengen) Visa

A Germany Study (short-term) visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Germany for study or educational training, which requires staying in Germany up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Proof of Visit

  • Personalized invitation letter from the inviting institution in Germany.

8. Flight Reservation

  • Flight reservation

9. Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation)

  • Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning the applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

10. Proof of Financial Means

      In case of scholarship:

  • Confirmation of receipt of a grant or scholarship from the relevant fund of Germany or the EU

      In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

      In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 3 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 

Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Work (Schengen) Visa

A Germany Work (short-term) visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Germany for short-term work activities, which requires staying in Germany up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Proof of Visit

  • Invitation from your business partner in Germany

8. Flight Reservation

  • Flight reservation

9. Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation)

  • Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning the applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

10. Proof of financial means

       In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

       In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 3 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Depending on the Type of Works the Applicant should Provide the following Documents:

  • To construct and assemble machines, systems, and software which have been ordered from the employer and to provide instruction in their operation, service, or repair:
    • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, and software delivered to Germany
    • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment
  • To accept machines, systems, or other objects acquired for the local employer and/or receive instructions in their operation:
    • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, or other objects acquired in Germany
  • To dismantle acquired, used systems for the purpose of reconstructing them in your country
    • Sales contract and proof of financing of the acquired, used systems
    • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment
  • To construct, dismantle, and manage the company's own trade fair stands or the trade fair stands of a foreign company which is resident in your country (do not need an invitation):
    • Proof of trade fair taking place, lease contract for trade fair stand
  • To participate in training as part of export delivery and licensing agreements:
    • Detailed training plan;
    • Proof of existing export delivery and/or license agreement.
  • For Holiday Jobs:
    • Placement letter of the ZAV (original and photocopy)
    • In the case of the internship must be provided an appropriate contract.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa is approximately 15 calendar days.  Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 

Germany Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of German citizens
  • Parents of minor German citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Germany Transit Visa

Germany Transit Visa

Overview

You do not need a Transit visa - if during a stopover at a German airport, they do not leave the International Airport Area and if the final destination is a non-Schengen member State.

Only five airports in Germany have an International Transit Area enabling you to transit without formally entering the Schengen area:

  • Frankfurt am Main Airport (IATA airport code: FRA)
  • Munich International Airport (IATA airport code: MUC)
  • Hamburg Airport (IATA airport code: HAM; 4.30 a.m. - 11.30 p.m. only)
  • Düsseldorf International Airport (IATA airport code: DUS; 6.00 a.m. - 9.00 p.m. only)
  • Cologne/Bonn Airport (IATA airport code: CGN; 4.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. only)
  • Berlin-Tegel Airport (IATA airport code: TXL; 06.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. only)

However, if for some reason you need to enter the Schengen area during your stopover (for example, to change terminals or if your final destination is one of the Schengen countries), you may require to apply for a Schengen visa – Category C, therefore please plan for this accordingly. You must apply for a German transit or tourist visa well before you travel!

Nationals of the following countries do not have the transit privilege and require an airport transit visa (category A) for transit at all German airports:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan *
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Turkey **

* Jordanian nationals who hold a visa to Australia, Israel, or New Zealand do NOT require an Airport Transit Visa for Germany

** Turkish holders of Service and Official passports do NOT require an Airport Transit Visa for Germany

Exceptions from the requirement to hold an airport transit visa:

  • Holders of valid visas and national residence permits from EU and Schengen countries
  • Holders of certain national residence permits from the following countries: Andorra, Japan, Canada, San Marino, United States of America
  • Holders of valid visas from the EEA countries (the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and visas issued by Japan, Canada, and the United States of America

Keep In Mind that the airport transit privilege does not apply in the following cases, and you will need to get a Schengen visa if:

  • You must pick up your luggage and/or have to check-in again
  • You are transiting through two or more airports located in the Schengen Member States
  • You have an open ticket
  • Your stay in the international transit area is longer than 12 hours

 

Required Documents for a Germany Transit Visa 

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

5. Flight Ticket

  • Flight reservation for the entire trip

6. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
  • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

7. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of at least the last 3 months before application, personal property, assets, etc

8. For Minors:

  • Copy and German or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

 

Processing time for a Germany Transit Visa

The average processing time for a Transit Visa is 15 calendar days. Please consider that you must submit your visa application not earlier than six months and later than the average processing time before your planned date of transiting through Germany.

 

Germany Transit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement, signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, Transit visa fee reduced to 35 euros for the citizens of these countries.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Transit Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Transit visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Germany National Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements if you intend to stay longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to Germany. Exceptions to this are nationals of Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, and the United States of America. Citizens from these countries may enter Germany without a visa and then apply for a residence permit from inside Germany.

Citizens of all other countries planning to stay in Germany longer than 90 days must first apply for a long stay visa at their local mission before traveling to Germany.

The national visa (Nationales Visum) grants entry to Germany on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter Germany as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency. You will need to convert your visa into a residence permit within three months of arriving in Germany.

 

Visa Application Fees

National visa (aged 17 and above)      75 EUR

National visa minors (0-17 years)        37,50 EUR

 

Processing Time

If you apply for a long stay visa you should expect a longer waiting time of up to several months, so make sure to submit your visa application with plenty of time. Expect longer waiting times during the holiday period.

Subcategories
  • Employment
  • Study
  • Family Reunion
  • Medical Treatment (long stay)
  • Au Pair
  • Blue Card
  • Do research
  • Undergo vocational training
  • Self-employed

 


 

Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card

This visa is designed for applicants wishing to take up employment in Germany, as well as for high skilled persons, who are candidates for a Blue Card of the European Union.

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Germany commensurate with their qualifications. Please note that potential Blue-Card holders need to earn a gross salary of 52.000 € or MINT profession (Mathematics / Informatics / Natural Sciences / Technology) require at least 40.560€ and shall have found a position in their field of study.

All documents need to be submitted in 3 sets (1 x Original and 2 x copies) in order to have 2 complete application sets of documents. Original documents will be returned after the application process has been finalized. Documents that are not in German or English language require a translation.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card 

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Proof of Employment in Germany

    a) Employment contract or Contract/binding job offer

  • Containing the terms and conditions of employment with details of gross annual salary

   b) Deputation Order:

  • Confirming the deputation, including the basic information and reason for deputation

8. Job Description

  • Format provided by the Labors Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit – ZAV )

      Requirement: Stamp and signature of German company on the job description mandatory

9. Proof of Qualification

     a) General employment:

  • All University degrees required and vocational Training certificate

     b) EU Blue-Card Candidate:

  • German university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a German degree.

Please check the recognition of your degree by consulting the ANABIN database: http://anabin.kmk.org/, and submit an ANABIN-printout of University comparison and ANABIN-printout of degree comparison.

10. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Professional Career, Specifying the Certificates, Diplomas, and Qualifications You Have Obtained

11. Pre-Approval of Labors Office (if applicable)

  • Original Labors Office Pre-Approval, which was issued less than three months ago

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card 

The average processing time for a Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card Fee

Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card?

You will apply for a Germany Employment Visa & Blue Card in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Job Seeker Visa

This is a visa for university graduates from countries outside the EU which enables them to come to Germany for up to six months for the purpose of seeking employment commensurate with their qualifications.

 

Required Documents for a Germany Job Seeker Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Cover Letter/ Letter of Motivation

  • Providing information in the planned course of action to find employment and duration of stay in Germany as well as further career plans should the stay in Germany be unsuccessful

8. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Professional career, specifying the certificates, diplomas, and qualifications you have obtained

9. Relevant Previous Work Experience Certificates

  • For future employment in Germany

10. Proof of Qualification

  • German university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a German degree.

Please check the recognition of your degree by consulting the ANABIN database: http://anabin.kmk.org/, and submit an ANABIN-printout of University comparison and ANABIN-printout of degree comparison.

11. Proof of Accommodation in Germany

  • If staying with a friend/relative in Germany, a formal obligation letter “Verpflichtungserklärung” would be helpful

12. Proof of Financial Means to Cover the Costs of the Time of your Stay:

  • Formal obligation letter “Verpflichtungserklärung” by sponsor living in Germany
  • Blocked Account in Germany

13. Blocked Account

  • If you want to seek a job in Germany, you will need money to cover your costs of living. This will include your fixed costs like rent, costs for your everyday living (food, clothes, etc.)
  • A Blocked Account is a special bank account, where you must deposit a sufficient amount of money for the first year of their stay in Germany. Each month, one shall not be allowed to withdraw more than one-twelfth of the blocked amount. This ensures that enough funds are left on the account throughout the period and you are not running out of money.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy 

 

Processing Time for Germany Job Seeker Visa 

The average processing time for a Germany Job Seeker visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Germany Job Seeker Visa Fee

Germany Job Seeker visa fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Germany Job Seeker?

You will apply for a Germany Job Seeker visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Self-Employment Visa

Persons starting businesses, who are older than 45 years of age, are usually required to provide proof of an adequate retirement pension. This is with the understanding that they will have at the age of 67 a fund of at least 151,000 Euros for their retirement!

 

Required Documents for a Germany Self-Employment Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Company Profile

    a) Head Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Subsidiaries abroad in the following countries/ cities
  • Shareholders
  • Executive Board/ Board of Directors
  • Equity capital – Registered and Paid Up
  • Annual turnover worldwide Last Year, This Year, Within EU)
  • Number of Staff (Worldwide and in Head Office)
  • Bank Connections (House Bank, Banks in other Countries)
  • Summary of the company history (year of foundation, activities, products, main markets…)

    b) New Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Registered shareholders
  • Managing Director
  • Planned start of business
  • Business activities
  • Capital
  • Annual turnover in Germany planned for the first and second year
  • Business references in Germany or Europe (Customers, Suppliers, along with their contact details)
  • Contacts in Germany (e.g. business partner, lawyer, tax advisor, bank…)
  • Number of planned staff (without the managing director) for first-year and after three years

8. Business Plan

  • Description of the project
  • Liquidity Planning

9. Concept

  • Business concept, products/services
  • Legal form, partners, founder members (including CVs), management, staff
  • Location, office space
  • Industry, market, competence
  • Client target group
  • Marketing-/sales strategy, co-operation partner
  • Forecast, trends, risks

10. Capital Requirements

      Investments:

  • Land and buildings
  • Renovation costs/additional costs
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Basic equipment with goods
  • Purchase price/Takeover price

      Non-recurring additional start-up costs:

  • Deposit
  • License fees, royalties, franchise fees
  • Advisory services
  • Notary/commercial register
  • Launch
  • Other

      Operating funds:

  • Start-up costs
  • Courtage
  • Prefinancing of orders/claims
  • Other (potential provisions for a living)

11. Capital Budget

  • Liquid funds
  • Tangible assets /Goods on their own accounts
  • Affiliated loans/Third-party funds
  • Venture Capital

12. Business Forecast for each of the first three years

  • Sales/turnover ex
  • Less purchased goods

     Gross profit/loss

  • Sales/turnover ex
  • Less purchased goods

      Less:

  • Personnel expenses
  • Salary for managing director/s
  • Rent
  • Cleaning costs
  • Heating etc.
  • Energy (electricity, water, gas)
  • Repairs, restoration
  • Insurance, member fees, etc.
  • Automobile costs
  • Traveling expenses
  • Costs from leasing contracts
  • Costs for bookkeeping and advice/debate
  • Advertising
  • Telefon/Fax/E-Mail/Internet
  • Interest
  • Other costs
  • Depreciation

      Operating profit/loss

  • Trade tax
  • Corporation tax
  • Other business taxes

13. Personal Details

  • Language knowledge
  • Intended function
  • CV

14. Health Insurance

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Self-Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Germany Self-Employment visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Self-Employment Visa Fee

Germany Self-Employment visa fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Self-Employment Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Self-Employment visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Study (National) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Germany for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in Germany.

 

Required Documents for Germany Study (National) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Details from your University in Germany

    a) Confirmed university admission (“Zulassungsbescheid”)

  • From a German University stating subject and begin of study (latest possible enrolment date must be at least 8 weeks in the future)
  • Must state language of instruction

    b) Confirmed language course (“Intensiv-Sprachkurs”) with conditional university admission (“bedingter Zulassungsbescheid”)

  • The course has to take place a minimum of 18 hours per week over 6 months at a German language school (weekend or evening courses are insufficient)
  • Receipt/confirmation of language course payment for a minimum of 3 months
  • Proof of conditional university admission or letter of “uni-assist” or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study

    c) Confirmed admission to a preparation course for University (“Studienkolleg”)                                                                                                                         

  • Details regarding preparation and intended begin of study
  • Proof of conditional university admission or letter of “uni-assist” or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study or entrance examination

8. Knowledge of Language, for Cases of Confirmed University Admission and Confirmed Admission to a Preparation Course for University

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS), if the course is taught in English
  • Proof of language proficiency in German, by a recognized institute according to ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe. In the U.A.E. the following institutes are recognized Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD), and TestDaF- Institut e.V. if the course is taught (partially) in German.

9. Relevant Previous Work Experience Certificates

  • For future employment in Germany

10. Proof of Qualification

  • German university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a German degree.

Please check the recognition of your degree by consulting the ANABIN database: http://anabin.kmk.org/, and submit an ANABIN-printout of University comparison and ANABIN-printout of degree comparison.

11. Proof of Accommodation in Germany

  • If staying with a friend/relative in Germany, a formal obligation letter “Verpflichtungserklärung” would be helpful

12. Proof of Financial Means to Cover the Costs of the Time of your Stay

  • Formal obligation letter “Verpflichtungserklärung” by sponsor living in Germany
  • Blocked Account in Germany

13. Student Blocked Account

  • If you want to study in Germany, you will need money to cover your costs of living. This will include your fixed costs like rent or University administration fees, but also the costs for your everyday living (food, clothes, etc.) An amount equivalent to the amount of the monthly maximum support of the Federal Student Support (BAföG)- 853 Euro per month/10.236 Euro per year, has to be at your disposal. You will have to provide evidence of financial means for a full year of study.
  • The German Ministry of the Interior has fixed the amount required by foreign students to 853 € per month, accumulating to 10.236 € per year. This is the minimum amount that needs to be deposited on the account. It is possible to deposit more money into the account. To our knowledge, several banks in Germany offer this service to foreign students now (for example Deutsche Bank, Fintiba (online only), Targobank, Sparkasse, etc.), however, you can approach every bank in Germany. It is not necessary to be present in Germany. Please contact the international office at the university of your choice for further information if local banks offer blocked account options.

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Study (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Germany Study (National) visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Study (National) Visa Fee

Germany Study (National) visa fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Study (National) Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Study (National) visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Germany for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Belgium nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in Germany.

 
Required Documents for Germany Family Reunion Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Details of Spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partner's residence permit for Germany.
  • Certificate of residence (“Meldebescheinigung”) of the spouse living in Germany, not older than 6 months

8. Marriage Certificate

    a) German Marriage Certificate:

  • German certificate of marriage or extract from the Family Register, along with certified copies.

    b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

9. Divorce Decree of Previous Marriages or Death Certificate of Former Spouse (if the applicant has been previously married)

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure

10. Proof of Accommodation in Germany

  • Copy of lease certificate of an apartment in Germany or title deed of owned property, if the partner is already residing in Germany.

11. Proof of Sufficient Means of Substance

  • Copy of employment certificate of the foreign spouse who intends to live in Germany
  • Salary slips from the past three months if is living in Germany. Kindly do note that it is not possible to make savings or foreign income into account.

12. Knowledge of Basic German language – Level A 1

  • Proof of language proficiency in German, by a recognized institute according to ALTE ( Association of Language Testers in Europe. In the U.A.E. the following institutes are recognized Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD), and TestDaF- Institut e.V.

13. Health Insurance, will only be Requested where Applicable

      Requirements:

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Germany.
  • Offer letter from a German Health Insurance company, stating the expected month fees.

14. National Visa – Category D: Spouse of German Nationals

  • For German Nationals relocating with their Foreign Spouse, a detailed letter indicating coverage of sufficient financial means during the initial months is required, instead of Proof of sufficient means of substance

      National Visa – Category D: Family reunion of minors below the age of 16

  • Minors, who wish to reunite or accompany their parents, have to present the above-mentioned documents as well.
  • However, have to present their birth certificate, marriage certificate of parents, and additionally a copy of the custody decree, if their parents are divorced. Passport copies of parents are required. Death Certificate, if one parent has decreased. German Language skills are not required.

      National Visa – Category D: Family reunion to EU Nationals (excluding citizens of Germany)

  • Spouses of EU Nationals, excluding German citizens, are exempted from providing a copy of their partners Meldebescheinigung (Certificate of Residence) and the requirements of Proof of sufficient means of substance and Knowledge of basic German language – Level A 1. They are requested to provide a copy of their partner’s employment certificate, however, salary slips are not required.
  • If the EU national in Germany is not working full-time, proof of sufficient personal funds is required.

       National Visa – Category D: Intended marriage/civil union

  • The visa process is only considered the last step and applicants should contact the civil registrar (Standesamt) well before in order to undergo the necessary procedure.
  • Instead of a marriage certificate, applicants are requested to provide the Certificate of intended marriage/establishment of civil union (“Anmeldung zur Eheschließung/Eintragung einer Lebenspartnerschaft”), which has to be less than 6 months old.
  • A formal obligation letter (“Verpflichtungserklärung”) by the fiancé is considered as proof of sufficient means of substance.
    • Needs to be provided in original and not older than 6 months and with the remark “Bonität Nachgewiesen”

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Germany Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Germany Family Reunion visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Family Reunion Visa Fee

Germany Family Reunion visa fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Family Reunion Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Family Reunion visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Medical Treatment Visa

Germany Medical treatment visa is granted to third-country citizens entering Germany to undergo long-term medical treatment, therapy, and rehabilitation, within public or private medical institutions if they submit a letter of acceptance from the respective institutions, specifying the diagnosis and the duration of the treatment. This type of visa may also be granted to a potential companion who assists such third-country nationals, should they not be able to take care of themselves if this is expressly mentioned in the letter of acceptance.

 

Required Documents for Germany Medical Treatment Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

      For the patient:

  • Appointment letter from the German hospital/doctor signed and stamped, including details how costs will be paid (paid upon arrival, the deposit needs to be paid, etc.) and for how long the treatment is expected
  • Recent medical report
  • Letter from Health Authority or GHQ or other authorities covering all occurring expenses, medical treatment for the patient, stating timeframe of treatment
  • Letter of mission in Germany stating point of contact for further communication for Consulate and Immigration Authority

      For the escort:

  • Cover letter naming escort and explaining the reason for escorting patient (stating the full name of patient) and connection between patient and escort
  • Appointment letter of the patient for treatment in Germany and/or copy of the German visa of the patient
  • Letter from Health Authority or GHQ or other authorities covering all occurring expenses, accommodation, food allowances for escort, etc.
  • Letter of mission in Germany stating point of contact for further communication for Consulate and Immigration Authority

7. Proof of Accommodation in Germany

  • Letter of hospital
  • Rental agreement

8. Proof of Financial Means

  • Letter of obligation
  • Personal bank account statements from the past three months

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Medical Treatment Visa

The average processing time for a Germany Medical Treatment visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Medical Treatment Visa Fee

Germany Medical Treatment visa fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Medical Treatment Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Medical Treatment visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Germany Au Pair Visa

This visa is intended to allow foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Germany for a longer period. This visa applies for young people welcomed temporarily into a family, where he/she is lodged and fed in return for light everyday family tasks, to perfect his linguistic knowledge and increase his general culture through an improved familiarity with the country while participating in the life of the host family.

 

Required Documents for Germany Au Pair Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or German and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Three Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Germany.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ German resident permit

7. Invitation Letter from Host Family Clarifying the Following:

  • At least one under-age child (minor) in the host family
  • No kinship between the au pair and the host parents.
  • That least one of the host parents speaks German as a mother language

8. Knowledge of German Language

  • Proof of language proficiency in German, by a recognized institute according to ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe. In the U.A.E. the following institutes are recognized Goethe-Institut, telc GmbH, Österreichisches Sprachdiplom (ÖSD), and TestDaF- Institut e.V.

9. Au Pair Host Family Questionnaire 

10. Motivation Letter (why do you wish to go to Germany?) in German or English

11. Documents Reflecting your Previous Education and Skills

  • School certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Internships
  • Training
  • University and/or employment confirmation

*Additional documents may be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Germany Au Pair Visa

The average processing time for a Germany Au Pair visa is 20-90 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 
Germany Au Pair Visa Fee

Germany Au Pair visa Fee is 75 EUR for aged 17 and above. The national visa fee for minors (0-17) is 37.5 EUR. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Germany Au Pair Visa?

You will apply for a Germany Au Pair visa in Germany visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

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  • The purpose of your trip to Germany must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Germany.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight to prove that you are prepared to leave Germany before the visa expires.
  • You must have travel health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Germany.
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What happens if my German visa application is rejected?

If your German visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the German mission. Your application will then be reconsidered.

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Can I submit my visa application through mail, a courier, or through another person?

All applicants must appear in person in the Embassy/Consulate or Visa Application Center for the submission of the documents since the identity needs to be verified, and biometric data must be collected. Please contact local German representatives for more precise information.

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My Schengen visa has been issued by the German Consulate, could I use this visa to make a side trip to other Schengen and European countries?

  1. Single-entry Schengen visa:

This visa allows you to enter the other Schengen Member States as well, but not to enter other European countries, such as Croatia, Bulgaria, etc.

  1. Multiple-entry Schengen visa:

This visa entitles you to travel outside of Germany, within the Schengen Agreement, and other European countries.

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Where to apply for a transit visa?

You will need to apply for a transit visa at the Germany visa application center, embassy, or consulate, whichever accepts visa applications, in your country of residence.

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