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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)

Business Visa Requirements:

§ Short-stay visa application form –fully completed with correct and honest information that complies with the information given in the other documents. The form should be printed twice and each copy must be signed at the end. You can fill and download the form here.

§ Declaration of Accuracy of Information

§ Two identical photographs – no older than three months, and according to the set standards that must be strictly met.

§ Valid national passport – no older than 10 years, with a validity of three months beyond your planned stay in Germany and the whole Schengen Zone, at least one blank page in order to be able to affix visa sticker, and in accordance with the other passport requirements.

§ One copy of your passport’s data page (A4 size copy)

§ Travel Health Insurance – a document that confirms you have obtained health insurance, which will cover costs of at least 30,000 Euros in case of an accident or illness and repatriation in case of death. The insurance must cover the whole Schengen territory and not only Germany.

§ Flight Itinerary – which include flight reservation, rail tickets or other means of transport which you are planning to use to reach Germany. You can use the visa consultation services like this one or find one online.

§ Proof of accommodation for your entire stay in the Schengen area – which could be a hotel booking (with details including the address, phone number and email of the hotel) or a letter of invitation by a host residing in Germany that confirms they are willing to take you in for the whole period of your stay in Germany and that they have enough room for you in their home.

§ Proof of civil status: Marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, if applicable

§ Proof of financial status:

§  If employed: Pay slips of the past three months / employment contract

§  If self-employed: Certificate of Proprietorship or other proof of ownership (proof of land title, proof of income from agriculture (sales form) etc.

§  Your company bank statements from the previous three months

§  Business references

§  Invitation letter from the business partner in Germany in English or German (For consultancy services: please provide a confirmation letter from the German client) mentioning the invitee details, the dates and purpose of the trip with detailed schedule of the business meetings or trainings (day to day schedule)

§  Detailed schedule of your business meetings (ONLY for stays over 30 days)

§  Company covering letter with entire travel plan (itinerary) mentioning your position, duration of your service, the dates and purpose of the trip and if your expenses are being covered by the employer or not.

§  Certificate of Incorporation of the company

Take care to provide to photocopies for each of these documents. Do not forget that the embassy has the right to ask you to submit extra documents if they see it necessary. If they do so, make sure to submit those documents within the given deadline.

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.

§  Declaration of Accuracy of Information

§  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 accommodation. This can be a hotel booking for your whole stay in the Schengen region, or a letter of invitation by a family member or friend residing in the any or the Schengen countries.

§  Proof of flight reservation. You can use the visa consultation services like this one or find one online.

§  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

Required documents

§  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.

§  Declaration of Accuracy of Information.