Schengen visas

18.01.2018 - Article

For short stays of up to 90 days

A Schengen visa permits the holder to stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days during a six-months period. 
The German Embassy will process the application if the main destination is one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Norway, Finland or Slovenia.

Preparing your application

Please familiarize yourself with the visa regulations and procedures described here .

Prepare your application as follows:

Important information:
Please refrain from sending any documents to the Embassy's visa section unless expressly instructed to do so, in particular not prior to your application. Documents sent to the Embassy in advance will not be filed.

You are kindly requested to bring all necessary documents with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

You must apply for your visa at VFS Global in person. While there you are requested to submit all required documents and pay the visa and processing fees. You may be requested to reply to questions concerning your planned visit. Your photograph and fingerprints will also be taken.

What happens during processing?

The Embassy will review your application and decide whether the criteria to issue a visa are met.  Processing generally takes 15 days. As soon as the process is finalized, the Embassy will inform you about the decision. During this period you cannot inquire about the status of your application. Upon expiry of the processing period only the applicant, his/her legal representative or  persons holding an authorization letter from the applicant may inquire about the status of the visa.

Passport Collection

As soon as the Embassy has decided on your application, you can collect your passport from the external service provider VfS Global.
Should your visa application have been disapproved,  you will receive a letter stating the relevant reasons for the visa rejection when collecting your passport.
You can always submit a new application provided that you present  all necessary and properly filled in documentation.

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