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Short-Term Visa for Germany

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17.06.2020 - Article

The Schengen Visa allows you to stay in the following countries for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

However, you always have to apply for a Schengen Visa at the Embassy of the member state that is your main destination in terms of length or purpose of stay. If no main destination can be determined, you have to apply for your visa at the embassy of the member state whose external border you will cross first.

The following countries are not part of the Schengen area:

Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.

While you can travel to Bulgaria, Coratia, Cyprus and Romania with a Schengen Visa, you cannot travel to the Schengen Area with a visa from any of these countries.


Get your Schengen Visa in 4 Steps

The earliest that you can apply for your visa is six month before you plan to travel to the Schengen area. Please prepare your visa file as soon as you have booked an appointment.

Please note the following:

  1. Only book an appointment in the category for Schengen Visas. Your documents will not be accepted if you booked an appointment in the category for long-term visas, German passports or Consular services.
  2. Please book one appointment per applicant. If you only booked one appointment but attend the appointment e.g. with a family member or colleague, the Visa Section will only accept the application of one person.

    Please note that the processing time of your application will take up to 14 days.

    All application forms and check lists are free of charge.

    The fee for a Schengen Visa is 35, - to 80, - Euros plus an additional 10, - for the service to send your passport back by post.

    In order to apply for a visa

  • Your passport must have at least two empty pages for visas.
  • Your passport must have been issued within the last ten years and its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months.
  • Furthermore, you must hold a valid GNIB card. Its validity must exceed the duration of stay in Germany by at least three months. Holders of visitor visas to Ireland must apply for their Schengen Visa in their home Country.
  • Visa applicants will have their fingerprints taken. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the requirement to give fingerprints. Fingerprint scans stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) can be reused for future visa applications within the following 59 months.

Application form and Documents

Please fill in the application form before you attend your appointment and prepare all necessary documents. This will ensure a smooth application process. Please bring your filled in application form with passport pictures, your passport, documents for your purpose of travel and the visa fee to your appointment. If you fail to bring all required documents, this may result in your application not being processed and you may be required to book a follow up appointment.

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel (e.g. applying for a tourist visa when you intend to travel for business purposes) will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

On the day of your appointment, please attend the visa section no more than 5 minutes before your appointment slot and refer to our security staff. This is to avoid queues and crowding in the waiting area.

You must bring all required documents. If you are unsure what to bring, please have a look at the section “Application Form and Documents” below.

If you fail to bring all required documents, this may result in your application not being processed and you may be required to make a follow up appointment.

During the interview, the consular staff will check your documents, scan your passport picture and if necessary they will take your fingerprints. Furthermore, they might ask you questions about your trip. Finally, you will be asked to pay the visa fee of 35,- to 80, - Euros. The fee can be either paid in cash or with credit card (Master and Visa card).

Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

According to Art. 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (also known as: General Data Protection Regulation), information about the collection of personal information must be provided to visa applicants. To read more about this topic, please consult our

Find the Embassy:

German Embassy Dublin                                                

31 Trimleston Avenue                                                      

Booterstown / Blackrock                                                   

Co. Dublin

A94 TX94

By BUS

From the city centre: Take the bus route 4, 7 or 7a southbound and alight at stop number 425 (“Merrion Road/Bellevue Avenue”), across from the Tara Towers Hotel and an Applegreen petrol station. Cross the road at the traffic lights and continue into Trimleston Avenue. At the fork, keep left. The Embassy is situated on the right hand side of Trimleston Avenue approx. 150 m from the junction.

By DART

From the city centre: Take the DART (destination Bray or Greystones) and alight at Booterstown station. At the exit of the car park, turn right into Rock Road and walk as far as the next set of traffic lights. Cross here and continue into Trimleston Avenue. At the fork, keep left. The Embassy is situated on the right hand side of Trimleston Avenue approx. 150 m from the junction.

The Embassy will process your application in compliance with the legal requirements, e.g. the Visakodex. Processing time can take up to 14 days. The processing of your application might take longer if your documents need to be checked more thoroughly or you are asked to submit more documents. Please note that inquiries about the status of the visa application cannot be answered. For reasons of data protection, detailed information on a pending case will only be given to the applicant, his or her legal representative or a third person with written power of attorney.

 

Please do not buy your ticket or make any financial commitments until you are certain that the visa will be issued. Reservations for flights/hotels suffice for the application. The Embassy is not liable for any expenses incurred by the applicants.

If all legal requirements are met and the automated security check came back negative, the visa will be granted. The visa sticker will be printed and attached to your passport.

If the visa cannot be granted, you will receive a written letter stating the reasons of the refusal. Once your passport is ready for pick up, you will be informed via email. You can either pick up your passport in person, or you can provide a pre-stamped envelope with your application or book postal service at your appointment for an additional 10, - Euros. If you would like a third party to collect your passport, they will need to bring with them a written permission signed by you and witnessed by a Garda Station/notary public, their passport and your receipt/GNIB/IRP card.

Passports can be picked up as follows:

Tuesdays: 08.30 am to 09.00

Wednesday: 12.30 pm to 01.00 pm

Friday: 08.30 am to 09.00

Please bring your receipt and your GNIB/IRP card for collection.

Safe travels:

Your visa includes your full name, your passport number and your photo. Furthermore, it includes the number of days and the time period within which you are allowed to travel to and stay in the Schengen area.


Application Form and Documents

Please bring all documents in original with one copy where indicated below. Documents have to be organised in the following order:

checklist

  • Please print out the checklist and organise all documents according to the order given on the list.

application form

  • Please fill in the form online.
  • For applications of minors (under 18), at least one guardian must be present when the application is made and the following documents are required:
  1. birth certificate (original and photocopy) stating the names of the parents or proof of guardianship
  2. recent letter from school, signed
  3. passports of all guardians and Irish residence permit (original and photocopy)
  4. For minors travelling alone or with only one parent: written consent to the intended journey, signed by all guardians and certified by notary public or Garda

□ consent for processing personal data

  • Please print out the form at the end of the online application form, sign it and submit it along with the visa application and additional documents.

□ 1 recent passport photo

  • The photo cannot be older than 6 months or black and white.
  • The background of the photo has to be white or light.

□ passport (original and photocopy)

  • signed passport with at least 2 blank pages for visas and valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area
  • The passport has to be issued within the last 10 years.
  • additional: a copy of the first page of the passport with applicant's  personal data
  • If your finger prints were previously taken while applying for a Schengen visa: a copy of this visa.
  • If you have another valid passport, you must provide the original and a copy of the data page.

□ invitation letter from the host

The following documents can be provided:

  • formal declaration of obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung”)

    The original of this document has to be submitted to the Embassy and will be returned upon collection of the passport.

  • invitation letter (signed & dated)

    The invitation should indicate the contact details and full address of the host and details of the relationship between the applicant and the host.

□ proof of funds for the planned trip:

  • bank statements of the last 3 months showing applicant’s name, an end balance and date of issue or
  • pay slip or
  • sponsorship letter by a third party with a copy of the sponsor’s passport and a recent bank statement or pay slip

□ proof of occupation

  • employed
    • work permit (original and copy) or
    • employer letter
    • headed letter with name, position of signatory and date of issue, address, recent telephone number and registration number in Ireland
  • self - employed:
    • your company’s registration certificate (original and photocopy) and a recent business printout available from the companies registration office
  • students:
    • a recent letter from your university/college/school confirming your attendance/status, signed and/or stamped by the institute, and, if applicable, proof of (part-time) employment
  • pensioners:
    • pension booklet (original and photocopy)
  • unemployed:
    • permission of your local social welfare office of your trip and proof of the weekly or monthly social welfare payments
  • Au-Pair:
    • valid au-pair contract between you and you host family (original and photocopy)

□ travel health insurance

  • The insurance has to be in the name of the applicant, valid for the Schengen area and has to cover the whole duration of the first planned trip.
  • The minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation must be 30,000 €. If you participate in sports and/or take part in related competitions, your travel health insurance has to cover these activities.
  • Please note that the European Health Insurance Card issued by the Irish authorities does not cover the costs for repatriation and is therefore not accepted without additional travel insurance cover.

□ proof of address, e.g. a household bill or a bank Statement

□ GNIB/IRP card in original with one photocopy

□ if applicable: envelope with your address on it and prestamped with 8,30,- Euros to post your passport back to you with registered post

□ visa fee of 35,- to 80,- Euros, payable in cash or with credit card (Master or Visa card)

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel (e.g. applying for a tourist visa when you intend to travel for business purposes) will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.


Please bring all documents in original with one copy where indicated below. Documents have to be organised in the following order:

checklist

  • Please print out the checklist and organise all documents according to the order given on the list.

application form

  • Please fill in the form online

□ consent for processing personal data

  • Please print out the form, sign it and submit it along with the visa application and additional documents.

□ 1 recent passport photo

  • The photo cannot be older than 6 months or black and white.
  • The background of the photo has to be white or light.

□ passport (original and photocopy)

  • signed passport with at least 2 blank pages for visas and valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area
  • The passport has to be issued within the last 10 years.
  • additional: a copy of the first page of the passport with applicant's  personal data
  • If your finger prints were previously taken while applying for a Schengen visa: a copy of this visa.
  • If you have another valid passport, you must provide the original and a copy of the data page.

□ official letter of invitation from your business partner with original signature which

  • must state and confirm the details from your employer in Ireland and indicate cover of your travel expenses, if applicable. Your counterpart and/or the organiser of your trip in Germany must be named and contact details given.

or

□ formal letter from employer with original signature (or other formal documents) proving the applicant's employment status at the company, the kind and duration of the business trips to Schengen area and the commitment to cover all the costs of the journey

□ if applicable: entry tickets or registration for fairs and congresses.

□ if applicable: documents proving the business activities of the company

□ proof of accommodation

  • confirmed hotel/hostel/B&B reservation(s) or other lodgings covering the whole duration of your stay in Germany and, if applicable, in other Schengen countries
  • The names of all applicants must be shown on the Reservation.

□ if travel expenses are not covered by employer: proof of funds for the planned trip, e.g.

  • bank statements of the last 3 months showing applicant’s name, an end balance and date of issue or
  • pay slip or
  • sponsorship letter by a third party with a copy of the sponsor’s passport and a recent bank statement or pay slip

□ proof of occupation

  • employed
    • work permit (original and copy) or
    • employer letter
    • headed letter with name, position of signatory and date of issue, address, recent telephone number and registration number in Ireland
  • self - employed:
    • your company’s registration certificate (original and photocopy) and a recent business printout available from the companies registration office

□ travel health insurance

  • The insurance has to be in the name of the applicant, valid for the Schengen area and has to cover the whole duration of the first planned trip.
  • The minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation must be 30,000 €. If you participate in sports and/or take part in related competitions, your travel health insurance has to cover these activities.
  • Please note that the European Health Insurance Card issued by the Irish authorities does not cover the costs for repatriation and is therefore not accepted without additional travel insurance cover.

□ proof of address, e.g. a household bill or a bank Statement

□ GNIB/IRP card in original with one photocopy

□ if applicable: envelope with your address on it and prestamped with 8,30,- Euros to post your passport back to you with registered post

□ visa fee of 35,- to 80,- Euros, payable in cash or with credit card (Master or Visa Card)

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel (e.g. applying for a tourist visa when you intend to travel for business purposes) will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

Please bring all documents in original with one copy where indicated below. Documents have to be organised in the following order:

checklist

  • Please print out the checklist and organise all documents according to the order given on the list.

application form

  • Please fill in the form online.
  • For applications of minors (under 18), at least one guardian must be present when the application is made and the following documents are required:
  1. birth certificate (original and photocopy) stating the names of the parents or proof of guardianship
  2. recent letter from school, signed
  3. passports of all guardians and Irish residence permit (original and photocopy)
  4. For minors travelling alone or with only one parent: written consent to the intended journey, signed by all guardians and certified by notary public or Garda

□ consent for processing personal data

  • Please print out the form, sign it and submit it along with the visa application and additional documents.

□ 1 recent passport photo

  • The photo cannot be older than 6 months or black and white.
  • The background of the photo has to be white or light.

□ passport (original and photocopy)

  • signed passport with at least 2 blank pages for visas and valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area
  • The passport has to be issued within the last 10 years.
  • additional: a copy of the first page of the passport with applicant's  personal data
  • If your finger prints were previously taken while applying for a Schengen visa: a copy of this visa.
  • If you have another valid passport, you must provide the original and a copy of the data page.

□ proof of accommodation

  • confirmed hotel/hostel/B&B reservation(s) or other lodgings covering the whole duration of your stay in Germany and, if applicable, in other Schengen countries
  • The names of all applicants must be shown on the Reservation.
  • If you booked a tour: booking confirmation or any other appropriate document, e.g. travel plan
  • if you are going on a school trip: letter from the school confirming the trip

□ if applicable: flight reservations or train/ ferry tickets

□ proof of funds for the planned trip, e.g.

  • bank statements of the last 3 months showing applicant’s name, an end balance and date of issue or
  • pay slip or
  • sponsorship letter by a third party with a copy of the sponsor’s passport and a recent bank statement or pay slip

□ proof of occupation

  • employed
    • work permit (original and copy) or
    • employer letter: headed letter with name, position of signatory and date of issue, address, recent telephone number and registration number in Ireland
  • self - employed:
    • your company’s registration certificate (original and photocopy) and a recent business printout available from the companies registration office

□ travel health insurance

  • The insurance has to be in the name of the applicant, valid for the Schengen area and has to cover the whole duration of the first planned trip.
  • The minimum coverage for medical emergency and repatriation must be 30,000 €. If you participate in sports and/or take part in related competitions, your travel health insurance has to cover these activities.
  • Please note that the European Health Insurance Card issued by the Irish authorities does not cover the costs for repatriation and is therefore not accepted without additional travel insurance cover.

□ proof of address, e.g. a household bill or a bank statement

□ GNIB/IRP card in original with one photocopy

□ if applicable: envelope with your address on it and prestamped with 8,30,- Euros to post your passport back to you with registered post

□ visa fee of 35,- to 80,- Euros, payable in cash or with credit card (Master or Visa Card)

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel (e.g. applying for a tourist visa when you intend to travel for business purposes) will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

Please bring all documents in original with one copy where indicated below. Documents have to be organised in the following order:

checklist

  • Please print out the checklist and organise all documents according to the order given on the list.

application form

  • Please fill in the form online

□ consent for processing personal data

  • Please print out the form, sign it and submit it along with the visa application and additional documents.

□ 1 recent passport photo

  • The photo cannot be older than 6 months or black and white.
  • The background of the photo has to be white or light.

□ passport (original and photocopy)

  • signed passport with at least 2 blank pages for visas and valid for at least 90 days beyond the return date of the trip to the Schengen Area
  • The passport has to be issued within the last 10 years.
  • additional: a copy of the first page of the passport with applicant's  personal data
  • If your finger prints were previously taken while applying for a Schengen visa: a copy of this visa.
  • If you have another valid passport, you must provide the original and a copy of the data page.

□ GNIB/ IRP card as original and one photocopy

□ proof of address, e.g. a household bill or a bank statement

□ travel plan

□ proof of the family relationship (marriage or birth certificate

□ passport of Irish/EU/EEA spouse / child

□ if applicable: envelope with your address on it and prestamped with 8,30,- Euros to post your passport back to you with registered post.

□ visa fee: free of Charge

Facilitations for spouses/parents of Irish/EU/EEA nationals:

1) IF you are travelling WITHOUT your spouse /child: You need to provide all the regular documentation listed under Tourism/Visitor/Business depending on the type of your trip.

2) IF you are travelling WITH your spouse / child: NO VISA is needed IF your GNIB card has the remark “Stamp 4EU FAM”. While travelling, have the marriage/birth certificate at hand to prove your family relationship.

2b) A VISA is needed IF you hold a “Stamp 4” card

Please note: Parents who travel with a child who is an Irish/EU/EEA citizen must present proof that they provide for the child (independent of state support) and have sufficient means for the journey (proof of employment, bank statements). Parents who do not provide financial support for their child cannot avail of the facilitations and have to present all documents listed in the relevant visa category.

EU national” for this type of visa only includes German citizens if they have their habitual residence in Ireland.

All documents submitted must be genuine and correct in content. Your application will be refused if documents are falsified or untrue. The deception about the purpose of travel (e.g. applying for a tourist visa when you intend to travel for business purposes) will also lead to the refusal of your application.
Submitting all documents will not automatically justify a right to a visa. It might be possible that you have to hand in additional documents.

Please do not send in documents before you applied for your visa. Once you submitted your application, please do not send in additional documents without being asked to do so. Hosts should send their documents to the applicants and not to the visa section.

If you are asked to send in additional documents, please state your name and your file number.

Please note that an issued visa does not automatically permit entry to the Schengen area. The final decision will be taken by the border police. At passport control it might be possible that you will be asked questions about your trip and will be asked to present documents, e.g. your invitation, your hotel bookings, your travel health insurance or proof of your financial means.

If your application was refused, you will receive a written letter stating the reasons of the refusal.  You can object to a refused visa application by handing in a written and signed objection letter within four weeks after receiving the refusal statement. The Embassy will check your application again and will take into account any new information given in the objection letter. Please note that this process might take several weeks.

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