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Germany Visa for Indians: Types and Processing Time

Last Update: 09-02-2024

⚡Quick Summary

Type of Germany VisaGermany Visa Processing Time

Schengen Visa(Short Stay)

15 to 21 Days

National Visa(Long Term Visa) 1. Student Visa 2. Work Visa 3. Research Visa 4. Family Reunion Visa

1 to 3 Months

Airport Transit Visa

15 to 21 Days

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. Germany Visa Processing Time and Documents Required for Indians
  3. How to Check your Germany Visa Status as an Indian
  4. Conclusion
  5. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a trip to Germany? Explore the various visa options available for Indian travelers effortlessly. Whether it's Schengen Visas for tourism or business, or National Visas for work, study and research. Each category comes with specific conditions and processing times. This concise guide ensures a seamless application process, providing essential information for your desired Germany visa.

If you have specific questions or need assistance, our dedicated team is ready to help. Feel free to contact us at +91 73148 52914 or reach out on WhatsApp.

Prepare for a smooth journey to Germany – Safe travels! ✈️

Germany Visa Processing Time and Documents Required for Indians

1. Schengen Visa(Short Stay)

For visits up to 90 days in Germany, apply for a Schengen "C" visa. It covers tourism, medical treatment, business, culture, sports, visits, official matters, study, internship, research, employment, seasonal work, training, and more.

Processing Time for a Germany Schengen Visa: 15 to 21 Days

Stay Duration: Up to 3 months(90 days)

Documents Required: 

  1. Schengen Visa Application Form
  2. Original Passport
  3. Passport Copy
  4. Photograph
  5. Cover Letter
  6. Travel Itinerary
  7. Proof of Accommodation
  8. Flight Reservation
  9. Travel Medical Insurance
  10. 3 Months Bank Statement Copy
  11. Income Tax Return

Supporting documents: 

  1. Sponsorship Documents
  2. Employment Documents
  3. Retirement Documents
  4. Minor Documents(for travelers under the age of 18 years).
  5. Student Documents

Additional Documents for a Germany Business Visa

  1. Company Cover Letter

For stays exceeding 30 days, provide a detailed business meeting schedule. If you have additional appointments in the Schengen area, submit a signed invitation letter from your business partner. The letter should be on the company letterhead, stating the purpose of travel, itinerary, and your personal details.

2. National Visa(Long Stay)

For stays in Germany beyond 90 days, opt for a German National visa, often called "long-term" or "D visa." It is tailored for extended stays, exceeding the typical 90-day limit, catering to specific, legally-defined purposes.

A. Student Visa

Upon admission to a German university or preparatory college (Studienkolleg), you can apply for a study visa. It's recommended to secure university admission promptly. During your studies, you have the option to take part-time student jobs, enabling you to work up to 20 hours per week to cover expenses.

Processing Time for a Germany Student Visa: 1 to 3 Months

Stay Duration: Up to 1 Year

Documents Required for Germany Student Visa:

  • Completed and signed application with declaration as per Section 54 Residence Act.
  • One recent biometric passport photo.
  • Valid passport with at least 3 months beyond the intended stay, 2 blank pages, and issued in the last 10 years.
  • U.S. residence permit (Visa, Green Card, or U.S. passport).
  • Proof of address (driver’s license, utility bill, or lease).
  • Admission confirmation to the study course or preparatory college with language information.
  • For preparatory language course or internship: acceptance confirmation.
  • Qualification certificates and transcripts for academic qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of motivation.
  • Proof of language skills (at least B2 if no preparatory language course).
  • Proof of financial means (934.00 EUR per month for one year or a blocked account).
  • Adequate health insurance coverage meeting EU standards for the entire Schengen area (min. 30,000 EUR).

B. Work Visa

This visa allows skilled individuals with vocational training or a recognized university degree to stay in Germany for up to six months. They can search for a job that aligns with their qualifications. If they find a job within six months, they can apply for a residence permit at the Immigration Office without leaving. While looking for employment, they can only engage in trial work for up to 10 hours per week and are not allowed regular employment.

Processing Time for a Germany Work Visa: 1 to 3 Months

Stay Duration: Up to 1 Year

Documents Required for Germany Work Visa:

  • Completed and signed application with a declaration according to Section 54 Residence Act.
  • One recent biometric passport photo.
  • Valid passport with a minimum validity of 3 months beyond the intended stay, at least 2 blank pages, and issued within the last 10 years.
  • U.S. residence permit (e.g., Visa, Green Card, U.S. passport).
  • Proof of address (e.g., valid driver’s license, utility bill, lease).
  • Qualification proof: i. Vocational training certificate or German university degree or foreign university degree with recognition. ii. Transcript required if the degree doesn't detail the courses studied.
  • Proof of recognition of the qualification
  • German language skills proof at B1 level for recognized vocational training.
  • Tabular CV indicating professional experience.
  • Letter of motivation for seeking employment.
  • Proof of adequate financial means (at least 1,027.00 EUR per month for 6 months).
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage meeting EU standards for the Schengen area.

C. Research Visa

You can apply for a Germany research visa if you have a doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from a German or foreign university that allows entry into doctoral programs. This category also covers doctoral students from foreign universities wanting to visit Germany for research.

Processing Time for a Germany Research Visa: 1 to 3 Months

Stay Duration: Up to 1 Year

Documents Required for Germany Research Visa:

  • One recent biometric passport photo.
  • Completed and signed application with a declaration under Section 54 Residence Act.
  • Signed passport meeting validity requirements and containing at least 2 blank pages, issued within the past 10 years.
  • U.S. residence permit (e.g., Visa, Green Card, U.S. passport).
  • Proof of address (e.g., driver’s license, utility bill, lease).
  • Hosting agreement or contract with a German research institute, signed by both parties.
  • Proof of qualification: either a doctoral degree or a university degree allowing access to doctorate programs (include transcript if degree does not specify courses).
  • If the research institution is not publicly funded: declaration of assumption of costs related to the researcher's stay.
  • Proof of adequate financial means (minimum 1,027.00 EUR per month), can be shown through the admission agreement or relevant contract.
  • Proof of housing in Germany, including full address (rental agreement, hotel reservation, or invitation letter for private accommodation with inviting person's details).
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage, either through statutory health insurance or additional private (travel) health insurance meeting EU standards (minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR) until statutory health insurance takes effect. Ensure coverage for a long-term or permanent stay.

D. Family Reunion Visa

You need a Family reunion visa if you're marrying or planning to marry a German citizen and/or you're a parent of a German minor child seeking permanent residency in Germany. After document submission, processing takes up to 12 weeks. Upon approval, you get a 90-day national visa and a final residence permit for an extended stay. 

Processing Time for a Germany Family Reunion Visa: 1 to 3 Months

Stay Duration: Up to 1 Year

Documents Required for Germany Family Reunion Visa:

  • Completed and signed application with Section 54 Residence Act declaration.
  • One recent biometric passport photo.
  • Signed passport with at least 3 months validity beyond the intended stay, 2 blank pages, and issued within the past 10 years.
  • U.S. residence permit (e.g., Visa, Green Card, U.S. passport).
  • Proof of address (e.g., driver’s license, utility bill, lease).
  • For family reunion with a spouse: Marriage certificate or notice of intended marriage in Germany.
  • For family reunion with a German minor child: Birth certificate of the child.
  • Proof of German language skills (at least level A1) when joining a spouse or fiancé(e).
  • Supporting letter from the spouse or child's parent for joint residence in Germany.
  • Additional documents may be needed for a fiancé(e) visa.
  • Passport's data page of the spouse/fiancé(e)/minor child.
  • Registration in Germany ("Meldebescheinigung") of the spouse/fiancé(e)/minor child.
  • Proof of adequate health insurance coverage for entry into the Schengen area.

3. Airport Transit Visa

Indian nationals typically need an airport transit visa for the Schengen area, which permits a brief stopover at an international airport without exiting the transit area or staying overnight in a hotel. If you plan to leave the international transit area, such as for connecting flights at another airport to exit the Schengen area, it is advisable to apply for a regular Schengen visa.

Processing Time for a Germany Transit Visa: 15 to 21 Days

Stay Duration: Up to 24 hours

Documents Required for Germany Transit Visa:

  • Fully completed and signed Schengen visa application form, using the VIDEX website for online submission. Print and submit all pages, including barcodes.
  • Valid passport issued within the last 10 years, with a minimum of 3 months' validity beyond the scheduled return, and at least two empty pages.
  • Copy of the biometric & address page of the passport (DIN A4).
  • Minimum 1 biometric passport picture (35x45mm white background, 70%-80% face coverage), not older than six months.
  • Personal covering letter.
  • Flight reservation to the final destination (if one way) or return ticket if residing in India.
  • Copy of the valid visa/residence permit for the final destination if applicable.
  • Additional documents for minor applicants, including signed forms by both parents, passport copies of both parents, and specific requirements if only one parent submits the application.
  • Additional documents desired by the applicant (not mentioned on the checklist) can be submitted.
  • If someone other than the applicant is submitting the application, a signed authorization letter and a copy of the passport of the person submitting the application are required.

How to Check your Germany Visa Status as an Indian

Check Germany Visa Status with Teleport

If you have applied for your Germany tourist and business visa with Teleport, you can verify your visa application status seamlessly using Teleport. Receive instant updates via Whatsapp and email or check the status on the Teleport Dashboard for Germany visa appointment.

  1. Access the Teleport Dashboard
  2. Find 'Your Applications’
  3. Click on your submitted application for the latest status.

Check Germany Visa Status via VFS Global

To monitor the status of your Germany visa application, use the VFS Global tracking service

  1. Access the online application tracking tool provided by VFS.
  2. Select the country where you completed the application process.
  3. Input the application reference number issued during payment at the VFS center.
  4. Include your last name in the designated field.

Conclusion

In summary, the processing time for a Germany visa for Indians involves understanding the specific options available. Whether applying for a Short stay Germany tourist visa or business, or exploring Long term Visas, each category has its own processing times and document requirements. The simplified application process ensures a hassle-free journey to Germany.

Stay updated with Teleport for instant notifications or check the official government portal for the latest information. Whether it's a short visit or pursuing education or work, this guide provides essential details in a straightforward manner.

If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contact our dedicated team at +91 73148 52914 or via WhatsApp.

Get ready for a secure and smooth journey to Germany – Safe travels! ✈️

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