General visa information
Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term “Schengen visa” or for a long-term “German national visa” for stays over 90 days.
To find out which documents you have to prepare, please read the section below according to your visa type.
A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (Schengen Area).
The German Missions in India have partly outsourced the handling of Schengen visa applications to a service provider, VFS Global.
Every client has the option to submit his/her visa application at a nearby Visa Application Centre.
Availing this service, you are saving time and expenses:
- shorter or no waiting periods between scheduling an appointment and the actual application
- Submission of applications through authorized third person, unless biometric data need to be collected (see above information regarding VIS)
- courier service for passports
- status of the process anytime retrievable online; SMS updates (free of cost)
The use of the Visa Application Centres is not mandatory; the resulting additional costs are to be paid directly to VFS Global.
Alternatively, you may also submit your visa application, after scheduling an appointment, to the German Mission of your local jurisdiction.
German National visas:
If you plan to live in Germany for a period exceeding three months, you will need a German national visa.
Please note that for German National Visas, a personal interview at your German Mission is mandatory in most cases. Read more.
Information for visa applicants residing in Afghanistan
Residents of Afghanistan may apply for a German visa at the German Embassy in New Delhi.
You can schedule an appointment for submission of your Schengen visa application via/at the Embassy’s service Provider: http://www.vfs-germany.co.in/
- For detailed information about the required supporting documents, please refer to the website of the German Embassy in Kabul and to this Embassy’s general visa Information.
- Supporting documents in a language other than German or English have to be presented with a German or English translation.
- If you do not speak English or Hindi, it is highly recommended that you bring a translator to your visa appointment.
- Please be aware that processing time for your visa request will be approximately ten to twelve days and may well take several weeks in some cases, especially if follow-up is needed. We urge you to present your application in a complete and well-prepared manner!
If you want to apply for a National (long-term) German Visa, e.g. for family reunion, you will have to register in a waiting list through the website of the German Embassy in Kabul. You will subsequently be allotted an appointment in New Delhi. You cannot schedule an appointment for a National Visa directly through the German Embassy in Delhi or the Embassy’s service provider and you cannot submit an application without an appointment.
You will find all pertinent information regarding the application process on the website of the German Embassy in Kabul.
Please note: The German Missions in India and the German Government do not undertake direct recruitment for jobs in Germany. The German Missions are only entitled to decide visa applications in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Germany in this matter.
Visa Applicants from Bhutan
The German Embassy in New Delhi serves applicants from Bhutan and other nationals residing in Bhutan. For a list of required supporting documents, kindly refer to visa requirements for Indian applicants.
Schengen-Visa (short-term visa) applicants may apply through the Visa Application Centre in Thimpu.
Applicants for National Visas (e.g. student, employment, family reunion, for a stay of more than 90 days) must apply in person at the German Embassy in New Delhi.
Important Information for Master, doctoral and post-doctorate Students, scholarship holders and certain highly skilled professionals!
Certain applicants can now submit their application for a German National Visa directly at the Service Provider VFS Global, thus skipping the wait time for an interview appointment at the German Mission.
If you hail from the jurisdiction of the German Embassy in New Delhi or the German Consulate General in Mumbai, and you
- want to pursue doctoral, post-doctorate or Master studies and have a binding, unconditional admission letter from a German University or
- have been awarded a full scholarship by an official German Institution for higher studies in Germany or
- have a binding contract for a highly qualified employment in Germany and a binding approval letter issued by the competent German labor Authorities -“ZAV-Zustimmung”- (applicants and dependants from the New Delhi Embassy jurisdiction only)
you can schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the Visa Application Centre in New Delhi or in Mumbai.
Note: Applications will still be processed by the German Mission itself! An interview at the Mission might still be necessary in case of further questions or unclear documentation. The Service Provider (VFS) will neither be able to provide status updates or a success forecast for the applications.
To facilitate visa arrangements, Bhutanese nationals are kindly requested to contact the Embassy (insert link) well in advance of their travel schedule.
Tibetans travelling on Indian IC
Please be advised that visa applications for holders of Indian IC (Identity Certificate) require a processing time of at least 10 days. Furthermore, it is mandatory to hold a Return visa (valid until at least two weeks after your intended return to India) apart from your residence permit (NORI, no objection to return to india).
Holders of Indian Diplomatic Passports
Holders of Indian Diplomatic Passports do not need a visa to enter Germany. Please be prepared to provide proof of travel insurance upon entering Germany.
As this exemption is based on a bilateral agreement, you are kindly requested to check possible visa requirements for transit through third countries and/or onward destinations.
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents, regardless of their nationality, on official duty only, do not need a visa to travel to Germany for a short term visit of up to 90 days. Please be prepared to provide proof of your official mission as well as your nationality (national passport) upon entering Germany. You are also expected to provide proof of travel insurance upon entering Germany.
Holders of UN Laissez-passer Travel Documents intending to enter Germany for a private visit, must apply for a visa with their national passport. You are kindly advised to follow the general rules and requirements provided by the German Embassy in New Delhi.
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