We know that Germany is a country in central and west Europe. There are many immigrants who are hoping to live in Germany in search of better livelihood.
There are many features of Germany which attract many people around the world such as it is the largest economy in the whole of Europe, high quality of life, more employment opportunities, low cost of living when compared to other western countries and have best and finest education system among the world.
Even though there are many visa procedures for immigrants from other countries to explore Germany. German visa is known as a Schengen visa. In this article, we will discuss it and its procedure in detail
Schengen visa – Introduction
Schengen is a state or a union of 26 European countries. This is established as per the Schengen agreement 14th June 1985.
The main objective of this agreement is to prevent border control at their mutual border and common visa policy for international traveling purposes. By this citizens of Schengen state can travel without a visa to other Schengen states.
But on the other hand citizens from non-Schengen countries are permitted enter to these countries with one unified document called Schengen visa.
This visa will be provided to the citizens depending upon their nationality. And Schengen visa holders are permitted to stay in Germany for only three months.
Types of German visa
There are many types of visa provided by depending upon the purpose of the visitors and some types of visa are listed below:
- Tourist and visitor visa: this type of visa is for people who visit Germany for tourism purposes.
- Family reunion visa to join relative or partner: this type of visa is for family members of germen residents who wish to welcome their relatives of friends from other countries to join them in Germany.
- Jobseeker Visa: this visa is for people from other countries who want to visit Germany for finding a job.
- Studying and language learning visa: this visa is mainly for foreign students who wish to pursue their studies in Germany and attend certification courses for learning the German language.
- Working visa: this is for people who are working in Germany.
- Business visa: this is especially for people who are visiting Germany for business purposes.
- Airport Transits visa: this is for people who are visiting Germany for their connecting flight to other countries.
- Guest scientist visa: it is for the scientists or researchers who have been invited by the institutions of Germany for conducting research activities.
- Training /Internship visa: it is for people who are attending training and internships conducted in Germany.
- Medical treatment visa: it is for foreigners who visit Germany for treatment purposes.
- Trade fair & exhibitions Visa: it is for people who planned to visit or participate in fairs and exhibitions.
- Visa for the cultural, film crew, sports, and religious purposes and events: it is for people who are planned to visit Germany for participating in cultural, sports, and religious events.
Requirements for German visa
There are different documents that should be surrendered to visiting different Schengen countries. However, for obtaining a visa to Germany we should surrender the following documents updated by the German embassy in each country. The following documents are mandatory for Germany visa application:
- Application Form: the application should be filled with honest and valid information, it can be downloaded from the official website: www.germany-visa.org.
- Passport: it must be a valid passport.
- Photo: it must be taken within the last three months and other photo standards set by the German embassy.
- Health Insurance: the person should have documented as proof of obtained health insurance of minimum coverage of € 30.000.
- Travel Itinerary: it should have the details of flight ticket/ reservation details and must provide valid information about the purpose of visiting Germany and the number of days staying there.
- Proof of Financial Means: the person who planned to visit Germany must submit a document or proof regarding the amount of money to finance themselves during a stay in Germany.
In addition to these in some cases depending upon visa type and nationality of the applicant, he/she have to submit visa requirements asked by the German embassy or consulate of that their home country.
The Application Process for German Visa
The application for a Schengen visa includes various procedures and steps laid by the German consulate or embassy of the applicant’s home country. This includes procedure given below:
- Step 1. Prepare a visa application depending upon the purpose and visa type from the official website.
- Step 2. Make an appointment before going to the application center to surrender all the required documents. Ensure that all visa applications are accepted after making an appointment.
- Step 3. Visit the application center to verify the appointment and application.
- Step 4. Submit the necessary requirements or details asked by the consulate and surrender all documents including the passport. All the documents submitted will be placed there temporarily and the applicant should ensure that he/she must keep a copy of all submitted documents including the passport.
- Step 5. After the verification of the application and applicant will receive a printed application form which is prepared by the consulate based on the details submitted there and make sure that the details are correct.
- Step 6. After making payment for the visa, the applicant will be issued a receipt which they have to keep in order to collect their processed application.
- Step 7. Once the application has been finished, the biometric details will be collected in which captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan. The application will be sent for processing the next working day to the Consulate. It is advised to the applicants should keep the payment receipt to take back the surrendered documents including the passport.
Fee for German Visa Application
Usually, the fee for the Schengen visa application differs depending upon the type of visa that applied for. However, it accepts cheap and affordable visa fees when compared to other countries even India.
However in general it is mentioned that Germany’s short-stay visa fee is EUR 80, a long-stay visa is EUR 75, and has fee exemptions for some categories of applicants which varies depending upon their visa type, nationality, and other.