National Visa - General Information


If you plan to live in Germany for a period of more than 90 days, you will need a German national visa.

The German Consulate General in Kolkata issues visas for residents under its consular area, which includes the states of: West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.

The location of passport issuance is not relevant for the said determination. Instead, you should have been resident in the consular area during the past six months. You should also be able to provide proof of your residence inside the consulate’s jurisdiction.

If you plan to live and work or study in Germany for a period of more than 90 days, you will need a German national visa. Please note that for German National Visas, a personal interview at your German Mission is mandatory.

You can apply for the following types of National Visas: Student visa, Employment visa, Training or Internship visa, Guest Scientist/Research visa, Family Reunion visa, Job-seeker visa, Au Pair visa, Speciality cook visa, and Intended marriage visa.

How to schedule an appointment: You can schedule an appointment for National (Long Term) Visa interviews through the VFS Helpline: 022-67866013 or by writing an e-mail at infoeast.germanin@vfshelpline.com.

Please Note: Every National-Visa applicant may book ONLY ONE appointment. Multiple booking of appointments will NOT be accepted by the German Consulate in Kolkata. In case of multiple bookings for one person, the applicant will lose both/all bookings, and will have to re-apply for a later appointment.

Do not be Victimised! It has been brought to our notice that some local agents and student counsellors are charging exorbitant sums of money to schedule visa appointments. The fact of the matter, however, is that ALL visa appoinments are handled ONLY by VFS and at NO COST! We request you to not fall prey to tactics of any person or agency claiming that they can arrange a student-visa interview slot for you at the German Consulate Kolkata. They can't! Also, please refrain from giving out personal details such as passport number, date of birth, etc. to any third party. We request you all to be vigilant in important matters such as these.

Fees for German National visa from 26.07.2021 onwards:

AdultsEUR 75 or 6600 INR
Minors (0-17 years)EUR 37.5 or 3300 INR

Please note that the visa fees are subject to change due to updated currency rates. At any time, the current visa fees will be published above and at the consulate’s visa counter. Any changes in the visa fee will be announced 3 working days before the new rate is applicable.
In some cases, the applications can be exempt from the visa fee.

In case of visa application submission at VFS, payments are accepted through Cash/Card. No demand draft to be accepted at VFS.

Information on German knowledge requirement: Spouses applying for a Family Re-union visa are required to present evidence of basic knowledge of the German language. However, under certain circumstances, there are exemptions from this requirement e.g. for spouses of EU passport holders, of Blue Card holders, of scientists or other highly skilled workers, etc.
Please note that the German Missions can ONLY accept German language certificates issued by language institutes fulfilling ALTE-Standard, i.e. Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) or Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD).

Contact us: If you have already applied for a National visa, and have questions regarding your application, you can contact our Visa department via e-mail:visainfo@kalk.diplo.de

For other queries regarding National Visa application procedure, please get in touch with the VFS on the VFS Hotline - 022-67866013 or email the VFS at infoeast.germanin@vfs-helpline.com or visit the VFS Global Kolkata

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