Important Information for Schengen-Visa Applicants

23.11.2023 - Article

There are currently NO waiting times for Schengen-Visa appointments! Please check the next available appointment with VFS!

There are currently NO waiting times for Schengen-Visa appointments!

If you are planning to travel to Germany in the near future, please make an appointment with our external service provider VFS in time. You can check the next available appointment here.

The processing time for Schengen visa starts only once the application reaches the Consulate. This might take up to SIX working days depending on the delivery conditions and public holidays. Therefore, please account for delays in the visa processing time.

It can take an average time of 15 working days to process your Schengen visa application after it has reached the Consulate. Please take this into account before filing your application. If your travel date is imminent or lies within two weeks of application date, please check if you can postpone your trip.

In general, neither the German mission nor the service provider can expedite the process. Requests for preferential treatment cannot be honoured.

Appointments can be booked and Schengen visa applications can be submitted in all Visa Application Centres run by VFS Global all over India, regardless of your place of residence. If the Application Centre closest to your home town is already fully booked, please feel free to check for available appointment slots in one of the other major Indian cities.

This relaxation does not apply to applications for national visas (D-visa category) such as student, employment or family reunion visas.

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If you wish to stay in Germany for up to 90 days, please apply for a Schengen visa. Schengen visas are sometimes also referred to as “short-term visas” or “C visas”.

Schengen Visa

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