Applying for a Visa

18.03.2020 - Article

Please be advised that the visa fee (30,-  to 75,-€.) need to be paid in CASH ONLY.

Applicants being too late will not be able to drop in their application and must make a new appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to ongoing construction works, appointments had to be limited temporarily. We are working on a solution to provide more appointments and apologize for any inconvenience.

If you would like to apply for a visa, it is compulsory that you make an appointment.

Read the respective information on this website first, before making an appointment.

Do I Need a Visa for a short stay in Germany?

Transit requirements may differ from the above list.

Do I need an Airport Transit Visa?

Do I need a Visa with my Irish Travel Document?


Tourism, Visits, Business (even short stays within a study programme) and Transit

Short Stay - information

READ FIRST: how to fill in your Visa application online

Visa application form (VIDEX)

Declaration of consent form


Moving over for Work, Family Reunification and Moving over for Long Term Study Purposes

Family reunion (long term stay)

visa for studying in Germany

Employment/EU Blue Card

Job seeker Visa

Application form long stay visa

Declaration of consent form

Book an appointment

Opening hours for visa applications are currently being updated. Appointments from 01.03.2020 will be available shortly.
After you have read all relevant Information for your visa, please book an appointment for your application.

Additional Information 

Please note that your passport or travel document has to meet the following criteria, when applying for a visa:

a) your passport needs to be valid for at least three months after the date of expiry of the required visa

b) your passport needs to have at least two blank visa pages

c) only passports that have been issued (not extended!) during the past ten years can be endorsed with a visa. If your passport was issued longer than 10 years ago, please apply for a new passport at your Embassy.

List of translators

General visa information of the Federal Foreign Office

Evidence of basic knowledge of the German language in the event of the subsequent immigration of spouses from abroad

Information for spouses who immigrate subsequently and their marital partners in Germany

Photograph specifications

Full front view of face, centred, features from chin to hairline and both sides of face must be
clearly visible. From top to bottom face must fill 70-80% (between 32 and 36 mm) of the
photograph. Front of head (including hair) must be completely visible, with dimensions of
face as specified.
Whole face must be clear, with proper contrast and sharpness.
Face must be well lighted, with no flash reflections, shadows or red eyes.
Background must be uniform, light-coloured (ideally a neutral grey) and provide a good
contrast with face and hair. Best background for light-coloured hair is medium-grey, for dark
hair light-grey.
Photograph must show subject only (no other person or items permitted, important especially
for photographs of young children). Shadows on background are unacceptable.
Photograph should be printed on high-quality paper, resolution at least 600 DPI (dots per
inch), have no creases or marks and represent natural skin tones.
A position with the head leaning or turned (e.g. half profile) is unacceptable. Facial expression
must be neutral and the mouth closed. Subject must look straight into the camera. Eyes
must be open and well visible, not covered by hair or frame of glasses.
Eyes must be clearly visible (reflections on glasses, tinted or sun glasses are unacceptable).
The edge of the glasses or frame must not cover the eyes.

For further clarification please consult the collection of specimen photographs available at
www.bundesdruckerei.de, Bürgerservice. More information is available at the websites of the
Bundesdruckerei (Federal Printing Office), the Federal Ministry of the Interior
(www.bmi.bund.de, www.bundesinnenministerium.de) and the Federal Office for Information
Security (www.bsi.de).

VIS - Visa Information System

Please note: From 20th November 2015, electronic fingerprints are taken when applying for a short-stay visa. This is due to the introduction of the Schengen-wide Visa Information System (VIS) in Ireland.The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

The Schengen States’ Visa Information System has been operational since 11 October 2011. A phased rollout is underway, connecting more of these states’ visa sections to the VIS at each stage.

The VIS works by linking Schengen States’ consulates and external border crossing points to the central VIS database.

The introduction of the VIS has necessitated various changes to the visa application process:

People applying for a visa for the first time must apply in person, so that the necessary biometric data – ten fingerprints and a digital photo – can be collected.
Finger scans stored in the VIS can be re‑used for further visa applications within the following five years, so these later applications do not have to be made in person.
When travellers enter the Schengen area, the border authorities are thus able to verify their identity by accessing the VIS.

Opening a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto) for students

When applying for visa, you can provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs by opening a blocked bank account. You have free choice of provider. Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Website of the Federal Foreign Office

General Data Protection Regulation

Information in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation)

1. Who is responsible for processing my data and how can I contact the Data Protection Commissioner?

Responsibility for processing the data lies with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dublin, 31 Trimleston Avenue, Booterstown, Co. Dublin, Irland; e-mail: info@dublin.diplo.de, ph: +353 – 1 - 2693011 and the Federal Foreign Office (postal address: Federal Foreign Office, 11013 Berlin, Germany).
The Federal Foreign Office Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted as follows:
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin Germany
Email: dsb-r@auswaertiges-amt.de
Tel: + 49 30 5000 2711
Fax: + 49 30 5000 51733

2. What data does the mission process when I apply for a visa, and where do the data come from?

The categories of personal data processed cover the data requested on the visa application form. Generally these include in particular your surname, name at birth, forename, date and place (including the country) of birth, gender, nationality/nationalities, civil status, current address, telephone number, email address, occupation, details of your travel document (type of document, serial number, issuing state and authority, date of issue, expiry date), your photograph and fingerprints.
The data in these categories derive from the information you provide in the course of the visa application process.

3. What data does the mission process when I issue a letter of invitation for someone to use to apply for a visa, and where do the data come from?

The categories of personal data processed cover the data requested on the visa application form about the person issuing the invitation. This includes in particular your surname and forename, your address, fax number and email address.
The data in these categories derive from the information you provide in the letter of invitation and the applicant provides in the course of the visa application process.

4. Why are my data collected, and what happens if they are not?

Your data are collected because it is necessary and legally required for the proper conduct of the visa application procedure. If you apply for a visa, you are required under Section 82 of the Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) to provide the data required for the processing of the
application and to make available the necessary evidence. If your data are not provided, it may be that your application is rejected and the fee retained.
German Embassy Dublin As at: 19th September 2018

5. For what purposes and on what legal basis are my data processed?

Your personal data are processed solely in order to ensure the correct handling of the visa application.
The legal basis is provided by Art. 6 (1) (c) and (e) and (2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation) in combination with Regulation (EC) No. 767/2008 (VIS Regulation) and Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 (Visa Code) including its Annexes, and Sections 72a ff. of the Residence Act and Section 69 of the Ordinance on residence, as well as the Central Register of Foreigners implementing regulation (AZRG-DV), the Visa Warning File Act (VWDG) and further special regulations as appropriate or Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG 2018).

6. How long will my data be kept?

Your data are deleted as soon as they are no longer required for completion of the visa procedure. Generally they are deleted two years after the visa procedure has been completed, but at the latest five years after the final decision on the visa application.

7. Who receives my data?

Your data are transferred to third parties only where necessary for the proper conduct of the visa procedure. As part of this procedure, it may be that your personal data are passed to the competent authorities in Germany, to the responsible visa offices of other Schengen member states or to the responsible authorities in your place of habitual residence. If an external service provider is charged with carrying out individual stages of the visa application procedure, your data will be collected by or transferred to this provider as far as necessary for the completion of the application procedure. Your data are only transferred to recipients outside the European Union to the extent permissible under Chapter V of the General Data Protection Regulation.

8. What data protection rights can I exercise?

You can request information about the personal data stored about you from the abovementioned entities responsible for data processing. In addition, under certain conditions, you can request that your data are corrected, erased or that processing is restricted. Further, under certain conditions you can object to the processing of your data.

9. Where can I file a complaint?

You have the right to file a complaint about the processing of your personal data with a data protection authority, particularly in the member state in which you have your place of residence, your place of employment or the place where the alleged breach of data privacy occurred.

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