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Total approximate processing time is 10 to 15 working days (Time may vary depending on applicant’s profile and embassy actually processing time)
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Germany Tourist/Visitor Visa Application Requirements
The required documents for a Schengen Tourist / Visitor Visa to Germany are as following:
§ Application form completed in English or German. The form should be fully, honestly and correctly completed, printed and signed at the end.
§ Passport size photographs. Please note that these photos should be identical and fulfil the visa photo requirements as set by the Schengen states.
§ Valid national passport. The passport should be no older than 10 years, and have at least one blank page in order to be able to affix visa sticker on it, and fulfill the other passport requirements.
§ Personal bank statements for the last three months
§ Schengen Travel Insurance. You should submit a confirmation letter from your health insurance stating coverage for emergency medical treatment with a minimum of €30,000.
§ Proof of financial means. This could be:
§ A bank statement not older than three months or
§ A letter of sponsorship by another person – Declaration of Commitment “Verpflichtungserklärungen”.
§ Leave letter of your company (if employed)
§ No-objection certificate.
§ If you are a student, your school or university should issue this certificate to you.
§ If you are an employee, your employer or the company where you work at should issue this letter to you.
§ If you are not a student and you do not work either, this certificate is not required.
§ A Cover Letter. This personal cover letter should explain the reason why you wish to visit Germany, how long you intend to remain there, and what you will be doing there, amongst others.
§ Invitation Letter. A letter of invitation from the person the applicant is visiting in Germany, which may take the form of sponsorship or private accommodation. The invitation letter should also include the address, period of stay and contact details of the host.
§ Proof of civil status. That could be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card (if applicable), etc.
§ Your driver’s license and/or utility bill in your name. This is required as proof of residence in the consular where you plan to apply for the visa
§ For minors:
§ If travelling unaccompanied by parent(s), consent letter signed by both parents
§ Form signed by both parents
§ Copy of the parent(s)’ passports data page
Required Documents for a Germany Employment Visa
§ Two fully completed application forms. Printed and signed at the end.
§ Two passport photographs (see our page on photo requirements for more info as there are strict requirements).
§ Valid national passport (more information on passport requirements).
§ Proof of residence. Your driver’s license and/or utility bill in your name as proof of residence in the territory of the consulate where you plan to apply.
§ Health insurance. Compulsory certificate from German employer, valid from date of employment. If not already included in the compulsory health insurance a separate travel insurance has to be presented for the time frame from arrival in Germany until beginning of employment. If you are looking for great coverage for a good price, then your working health insurance awaits here!
§ An employment contract / binding job offer with details of gross annual salary and a detailed description of the employment in Germany.
§ Approval by the Federal Employment Agency (If applicable).
§ Curriculum Vitae. Your updated CV, which indicates your academic qualifications and your job experience.
§ Proof of Qualification. Diplomas, Certificates, Mark-sheets etc., or anything similar that proves your qualifications.
§ Personal covering letter explaining the exact purpose and duration of stay.
§ Proof of a clean criminal record.
§ Proof of paid visa fee. The visa fee for a German long-stay visa is €75.