Germany Visa for Indians

Germany is a popular country in Western Europe with a rich history behind it. It offers a variety of landscapes right from mountains and forests to rivers and beaches. The country is best known for its ancient castles, beers, cars and varieties of bread. It also hosts several festivals throughout the year with Oktoberfest being one of the most famous. In case a trip to Germany is on the cards sometime soon, take a look at all the essential information on Germany visa for Indians as well as the need for travel insurance to cover the trip.

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    What is Germany Visa?

    A Germany visa is an official permit that allows people from outside Germany to enter the country. It  allows non-Germans to visit and stay in Germany for a fixed period of time. It also allows foreign nationals to transit via Germany’s international transit areas while travelling to another country. 

    The Embassy of Germany offers a Schengen visa as Germany visa to all Indians who wish to travel to Germany for a short stay. It does not provide a separate Germany visa to foreigners for a short visit to the country. However, if the foreign national wishes to stay in Germany for more than 90 days, then he/she will be issued a long-term national visa for Germany.

    A Schengen visa is a single visa that allows its holder to travel across all the 26 Schengen states, including Germany. This visa is issued only to people from outside the Schengen area who need a visa to enter the territory.

    The Germany visa for Indians is issued by the German Missions in India, including the Embassy of Germany. However, the German Embassy has appointed VFS Global Services as their official partner to accept Germany visa applications in India. It operates Germany Visa Application Centres across India and helps the applicants to complete their documents as well as collect their visa fees and biometric details on behalf of the Embassy and Consulates of Germany.

    The Germany visa is only granted to an Indian traveller if he/she has a valid travel insurance Germany policy to cover the trip.

    Types of Germany Visa for Indians

    Broadly, there are two types of Germany visa available for Indians:

    Schengen Visa

    The Schengen visa is issued to Indian citizens who wish to travel to Germany for a short period of time. It is granted by the German Mission to foreigners who are transiting or staying in Germany for a period of 90 days or less. The Schengen visa is further divided into two categories:

    Short Stay Visa 

    The Short Stay visa is issued to Indians who are planning a short term stay in Germany. It allows its holder to stay in Germany for a period of 90 days or less during a 180-day period. The German Mission can either issue a uniform Schengen visa or a Schengen visa with limited territorial validity for short stay travel. While the uniform visa allows the foreigner to travel to any Schengen states along with Germany, the Schengen visa with limited territorial validity gives access only to countries mentioned on the visa sticker, such as Germany. 

    The Short Stay visa is granted to people travelling to Germany for/as:

    • Vacation
    • Business purposes
    • Visiting friends/family
    • Medical treatment
    • Training/internship
    • Film Crew
    • Participating in cultural/ sports/ religious events and trade fair
    • Visiting scholar/ guest scientist
    • Fair exhibitor
    • Nuclear scientist

    Airport Transit Visa

    The Airport Transit visa is issued to Indians who need to transit via Germany to travel to another country. It is designed for people who have a layover in Germany while en route to another country. The Airport Transit visa grants access to its holders to only the international transit areas of Germany.

    German National Visa

    The German National visa is a long-stay Germany visa issued to Indian citizens who want to stay in Germany for more than 90 days. It is a long-term visa for foreigners travelling to Germany for education, employment, joining their family/ spouse, volunteer service, etc. The German National visa is further divided into the following categories:

      1. Student Visa - This visa is issued to people who have received an admission offer or a full paid scholarship from an official academic institution in Germany. Indian students selected for an exchange semester at a German university can also obtain this visa.
      2. Employment Visa - This visa is issued to people who have a job offer from an organisation in Germany. It is also granted to highly qualified skilled workers and PhD applicants with a work contract in Germany.
    • Family Reunion/ Spouse Visa - This visa is issued to people who want to travel to Germany to reunite with their family or spouse. It is granted to people who have a family member or spouse staying in Germany and want to stay with them. Indians who intend to get married in Germany to an existing German resident or citizen can also obtain this visa.
    • Research/ Guest Scientist Visa - This visa is granted to people who want to travel to Germany to conduct research over a long period of time.
    • Job-Seeker Visa - This visa is issued to Indian citizens who want to travel to Germany in search of  a job opportunity.
    • Speciality Cook Visa - This visa is granted to people who are specialized cooks and willing to work in Germany.
    • Au Pair Visa - This visa is issued to Indian citizens who need to travel to Germany as au pair. It is granted to people who will be working with a family in Germany as their house help or children’s caretaker.
    • Voluntary Service Visa - This visa is issued to Indian citizens who want to take up a voluntary service at an organisation in Germany.
    • Self-Employment Visa - This visa is issued to Indian nationals who want to start a business or work as a freelancer in Germany.

    Who Should Apply for Germany Visa for Indians?

    All Indian citizens who wish to travel to Germany need to apply for a Germany visa. Whether someone is travelling for a small holiday or to work permanently, he/she needs a valid Germany visa to get entry in Germany. Even people with a layover in Germany need a valid Airport Transit visa to legally wait for their connecting flight at the German airport.

    In case the Indian citizen plans to travel to more than one Schengen states with Germany as their main destination, then he/she should obtain the Schengen visa from the German Missions. The main destination refers to the country where the traveller will be spending the maximum duration of his/her trip.

    When to Apply for Germany Visa for Indians?

    An Indian national should apply for a Germany visa at least 15 days before his/her scheduled departure from India. However, he/she cannot apply for a Germany visa for Indians more than six months before his/her intended travel to the European country.

    How to Apply for Germany Visa for Indians?

    The process of applying for a Germany visa for Indians is very simple. The applicant can apply for the visa at the German Mission or the nearest visa application centre of VFS Global Services. Make sure to find out the Embassy/Consulate that covers your state/ union territory under their jurisdiction before applying. Follow the steps given below to apply for a Germany visa for Indians:

    • Visit the official website of VFS Global for Germany
    • Choose to the German Embassy/Consulate that holds jurisdiction over your state/UT
    • Select the ‘Apply for a visa’ tab
    • Under the ‘Identify visa type’ category, click on the ‘view more’ and select the city with your Embassy/Consulate 
    • Choose the type of visa you want to apply for 
    • Fill up the online visa form or download the form and fill it
    • Book a visa appointment online at the visa application centre’s website
    • Show up for your visa appointment and submit your visa application form along with other documents
    • Pay your visa fees and give your biometric details
    • Once your visa has been issued, collect your passport

    Documents Required to Apply for Germany Visa for Indians

    All applicants for Germany visa need to submit a few documents at the time of applying. Take a look at the list of documents that need to be submitted to obtain a Germany visa:

    • A valid passport with at least two empty pages and three months of validity
    • Copy of passport data page in A4 size
    • Visa application form and declaration
    • Passport size colour pictures (The number of pictures may vary from one Germany visa type to another)
    • Travel insurance policy
    • Flight booking details (For Schengen visa)

    Refer to the table given below to know about additional documents required to apply for different kinds of Germany visa:

    Types of Germany Visa

    Documents Required

    Schengen Visa

    Short Stay Visa

    For Tourist/ Visiting Family & Friends:

    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Personal cover letter with trip details
    • Leave letter (if employed)
    • NOC from school/ university (for students)
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns/ business ownership certificate
    • Proof of marital status
    • Consent letter signed by both parents & applicants (if minor is travelling without parents)
    • Copy of parents’ passport data page (if minor is travelling without parents)

    For Business:

    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Cover letter from the company
    • Invitation letter from the business partner in Germany
    • Detailed schedule of business meetings
    • Business Incorporation Certificate 
    • ITR form of the company
    • Bank statement of the company (past 3 months)
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns/ business ownership certificate
    • Proof of marital status

    For Guest Scientists/ Scholar:

    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Cover letter explaining the purpose of the trip
    • NOC letter from the local university/ research centre
    • Invitation letter from the German university
    • Proof of academic qualifications

    For Internship/ Training:

    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Personal cover letter explaining the purpose of the internship
    • Approval letter from the German company
    • NOC letter/ deputation from the employer in India
    • Approval letter from the company in Germany with accommodation details
    • Consent letter from Federal Employment Agency
    • Proof of qualifications

    For Trade Fair:

    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Cover letter with travel plan
    • Visitor’s/ Exhibitor’s pass
    • Business Incorporation Certificate 
    • ITR form of the company
    • Bank statement of the company (past 3 months)
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns/ business ownership certificate
    • Proof of marital status

    For Medical Treatment:

    • Personal cover letter with travel plan
    • Leave letter from the employer
    • Medical certificate confirming need for the treatment
    • Medical certificate confirming appointment and availability of the treatment
    • Proof of advance payment for the treatment
    • Correspondence between sending and receiving doctors
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns/ business ownership certificate
    • Proof of marital status

    For Film Crew/ Cultural/Sports/Religious Event:

    • Personal cover letter with travel plan
    • Leave letter from employer
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns/ business ownership certificate
    • Proof of marital status
    • Letter of film company mentioning name, shooting locations and synopsis of the film
    • List of crew members
    • Letter from German producer/ agency confirming filming permit arrangements
    • Registration certificate with Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association of FCC
    • Invitation/ enrolment/ entry tickets to the event
    • Proof of previous performances 

    Airport Transit Visa

    • Copy of valid visa/ residency permit for the destination country

    German National Visa

    Au Pair Visa

    • Au Pair contract with a family in Germany
    • Informal invitation letter from the family in Germany
    • Proof of knowledge of the German language
    • Birth certificate with attested English translation

    Employment Visa

    • Employment contract with a company in Germany
    • Proof of qualifications & work experiences
    • Curriculum Vitae of one page
    • Annexure for employment visa
    • Federal Employment Agency approval (if applicable)
    • Deputation order from the Indian employer (if applicable)
    • Certificate of compulsory health insurance from the employer in Germany

    For Skilled Workers:

    • Personal cover letter with purpose and duration of the stay
    • Proof of qualifications & work experiences
    • Declaration about the employment contract by the employer
    • Declaration with additional contract & legal representation details
    • Annexure for employment visa
    • Proof of recognition of academic qualifications in Germany
    • Proof of adequate contribution to a German Pension fund/ pension insurance (if 45 years and above)
    • Federal Employment Agency approval (if applicable)
    • Certificate of compulsory health insurance from the employer in Germany

    Family Reunion/ Spouse Visa

    For Spouses:

    • Proof of marriage
    • Cover letter from the spouse mentioning purpose and duration of the stay
    • Copy of spouse’s data & visa pages of passport
    • Certificate of spouse’s residence in Germany
    • Copy of spouse’s residence permit (if applicable)
    • Birth certificate
    • School certificate
    • Residential proof in India
    • Proof of knowledge of the German language
    • Divorce judgement/ decree of all previous marriage of both spouses (if applicable)
    • Death certificate of former spouse (if applicable)
    • Academic degree certificate (if applicable)

    For Children:

    • Cover letter from the parents mentioning purpose and duration of the stay
    • Copy of all pages of the passports of child and parents
    • Certificate of parent’s residence in Germany
    • Copy of parent’s residence permit (if applicable)
    • Proof of parent’s marriage
    • Birth certificate
    • Proof of knowledge of the German language
    • Divorce judgement/ decree of all previous marriage of both parent (if applicable)
    • Death certificate of former parent (if applicable)
    • Sole custody letter if parents are divorced or consent letter from the other parent signed at the German Mission

    For Intended Marriage:

    • Certificate of intended marriage
    • Personal cover letter mentioning purpose and duration of the stay
    • Copy of all pages of the passports of applicant and fiance
    • Certificate of fiance’s residence in Germany
    • Proof of knowledge of the German language
    • Copy of all documents submitted to German Civil Registrar
    • Residential proof in India

    Research Visa

    • Letter from the Indian employer
    • Proof of academic qualifications
    • Scholarship or fellowship award letter (if applicable)
    • Birth or marriage certificate (if the family is accompanying)
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany

    Job-Seeker Visa

    • Cover letter explaining the course of finding employment and future career plans
    • Proof of qualifications & work experiences
    • Personal CV
    • Proof of accommodation in Germany
    • Proof of financial status i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ Income tax returns
    • Proof of marital status

    Speciality Cook Visa

    • Work contract mentioning stay conditions in Germany
    • ZAV application form
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Proof of 6 years work experience as a specialised cook in Indian food
    • Birth certificate
    • School certificate

    Student Visa

    • Statement of purpose/ motivation letter
    • Proof of getting admission for a course in Germany
    • Proof of language skills for the language in which course will be imparted (if the university has not confirmed admission)
    • Certificate of other qualifications (if applicable)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Proof of financial status of the sponsor i.e. payslips/ employment contract/ bank statement/ income tax returns
    • Declaration with additional contract & legal representation details

    Self Employment Visa

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Proof of academic qualifications
    • Detailed business/ freelance employment plan
    • Proof of available capital
    • Documents related to the planned company in Germany (Not required for freelancers)
    • Proof of revenue forecast (Only in case of freelancers)
    • Declaration with additional contract & legal representation details
    • Proof of secured means of subsistence for at least 1 year
    • Proof of adequate retirement benefits (if 45 years and above)

    Voluntary Service Visa

    • Declaration with additional contract & legal representation details
    • Motivation letter
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Agreement/contract for voluntary service in Germany
    • Proof of basic knowledge of the German language

    Germany Visa Fees

    All applicants of Germany visa for Indians need to pay a visa application fee at the time of submitting their application and documents. The following table shows the Germany visa fees to be paid by different applicants as per their type of  visa:

    Type of Germany Visa for Indians

    Germany Visa Fees (Excluding Service Fee)*

    Adults

    Children (6 to 12 years)

    Schengen Visa

    80 EURO

    40 EURO

    National Visa

    75 EURO

    37.50 EURO

    *VFS Global Services will charge a service fee in addition to the Germany visa fee.

    The Germany visa fees can be paid via a demand draft. Only the New Delhi Embassy accepts cash payments for visa fees along with the demand draft.

    However, no visa fee is charged to applicants below the age of 6 years.

    Travel Insurance for Germany Visa

    Germany is a beautiful country with lots of mesmerizing views and amazing experiences. It is also preferred for higher education as well as conducting business. Although Germany is a safe country, nobody can rule out the possibility of unforeseen incidents, such as an accident, pick-pocketing, theft or sickness, during the trip. The only way to avoid such incidents from spoiling the trip is by buying travel insurance for Germany.

    Travel insurance Germany provides financial assistance to the traveller against any unforeseen circumstances that he/she may encounter during the trip to Germany. It provides coverage against uncertainties, such as medical emergencies, passport loss, baggage loss/ delay, personal liability, flight delay, trip cancellation, etc.

    As a matter of fact, travel insurance is mandatory for all Indian citizens travelling to Germany. A travel insurance policy worth at least 30,000 EURO is required to obtain a Germany visa. Without a valid travel insurance policy, the German Mission will reject the Germany visa application.

    Germany Visa Processing Time

    The German Missions in India usually take about 15 days to process a Schengen visa application submitted by an Indian citizen to travel to Germany. If the application is submitted to VFS Global’s visa application centre, the processing time may be extended by a couple of days.

    However, the processing time can be extended during peak tourist seasons.

    How to Check the Status of Germany Visa?

    The applicants of Germany visa can check their application status by following the steps given below:

    • Visit the official website of VFS Global for Germany
    • Select the German Embassy/ Consulate where you had applied for your visa
    • Click on the ‘Book an appointment’ tab on the menu bar
    • Scroll down the page and click on the ‘Track now’ option under ‘Track your application’
    • Enter your reference number and last name 
    • Fill in the code and submit the details
    • The status of your Germany visa will be shown

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