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.
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.
Transit requirements may differ from the above list.
Tourism, Visits, Business (even short stays within a study programme) and Transit
Moving over for Work, Family Reunification and Moving over for Long Term Study Purposes
Book an appointment
After you have read all relevant Information for your visa, please book an appointment for your application.
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.
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
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.
CONTRAST AND SHARPNESS
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
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.
HEAD POSITION, FACIAL EXPRESSION AND DIRECTION
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
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.