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29.07.2020 - Article

For long-term stays of more than 90 days

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Important information regarding national visa applications:


Please note that for the purpose of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, restrictions have been imposed by German authorities on non-essential travel from third countries into the EU.

An overview on the current regulations can be found here



National visa applications at the German Embassy have therefore been temporarily suspended for the duration of these restrictions, unless the applicant falls under the exceptions mentioned above.

In the latter case, please use the online appointment booking to schedule an individual appointment.


Applicants who do not fall under these exceptions shall file their visa application after the travel restrictions have been lifted.


Use/Renewal of type D visas that have already been issued

The entry restrictions on all non-essential travel from third countries to the Federal Republic of Germany to contain COVID-19 may mean that you are not able to use a national visa issued by the embassy during its period of validity. As soon as entry is permitted again, we intend to renew the visas of all those affected as quickly and simply as possible. This fast-track procedure will be available if your date of travel has changed, but the purpose of your visit and destination remain unaltered. The embassy will inform you without delay of any steps to be taken once travel is permitted again.


National visas are issued for long-term stays for a particular purpose. Usually issued for 90 days, such visas may be issued for up to a year in certain cases. After entering Germany, visa holders must apply for a residence permit as a general rule.

Preparing your application

You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany (over 90 days). The entire visa application process can take several months.
Please prepare your application as follows:

 

Important information 

Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring the complete documentation with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. Each person needs to book an individual appointment here. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The Embassy will ask you questions about your planned trip and process your photograph and fingerprints. 

What happens during processing?

The Embassy will review your application and make a decision whether the legal requirements to issue the visa are met. Depending on the purpose of your stay and as consultation with administrative bodies in Germany is necessary, it can take up to three months to check your application. The Embassy will contact you as soon as it has made a decision on your application. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries are only answered if they are made by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant.

Return of your passport

As soon as the Embassy has reached a decision on your application, you should collect your passport in person. If you are not able to collect it yourself, you can authorise another person to do so for you. In order to do so, please issue a power of attorney.
There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the residents registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigners authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.

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