Apply for a visa

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Step-by-step guide

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  • Identify visa type

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need, and check whether you’re eligible to apply for it.

    You’ll also need to know the documents that you’ll have to submit along with your application, how long the application might take and fees you’ll have to pay.

    Each application must comply with the guidelines applicable for your visa category.

    If your documents are not in English, you may need to get translations prepared before applying.

  • Begin your application

    Get started with your visa application

    Once you are ready to apply, go to https://videx.diplo.de to fill the visa online.

    Print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission.

  • Book an appointment

    Choose a Visa Application Centre and make an appointment

    Once you have applied for your visa, you need to book an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken at a Visa Application Centre. This is known as ‘biometric information’.

    Once you’ve booked your appointment, you’ll receive an appointment confirmation email along with the letter of appointment.

    If you are part of a family or group, you’ll have to book individual appointments for each member of the family or group. 

    The booking of a visa application appointment is as follows:

    1. Click book an appointment to begin

    2. Log in with registered credentials (new users need to register first)

    3. Complete Appointment booking process

    Once the Appointment booking process has been completed, applicants will receive an Appointment Booking Confirmation email with the Appointment letter (as PDF attachment), which can be printed as follows:

    1. Open the PDF attachment in email confirmation

    2. Click file

    3. Click print and confirm printing

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have submitted your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee at the Visa Application Centre, at the time of your appointment in USD. Visa fee can be paid in Cash or by Debit/Credit Card.

    Visa Fees at a Glance

    Please Note: There is a service charge of USD 20 per application over and above the visa fees payable by all applicants.

    Visa Category

    Visa Fee in USD (Euro equivalent)

    Tourist/Business/Visit/Cultural/Transit/Medical/Sports/Visit

    USD 90 (Euro 80) (12 years & above of age)

    USD 45 (Euro 40) (between 6 & 12 years of age)

    Gratis (Below 6 years of age)

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    Clients who have not scheduled an appointment via our online system can attend as walk-ins between 08 am and 11 am. Any walk-in reaching the center after 11 am will be asked to attend between 08 am and 11 am. Applicants who have booked an appointment beforehand will be given priority.

    You’ll have to submit your complete visa application form at the Visa Application Centre in person.

    Find out What happens at the Visa Application Centre.

  • Track your application

    Stay informed about the progress of your application

    You will receive an email update when your decision has been returned to the Visa Application Centre. If you can’t access email easily, or would like more detailed tracking information, you may also be able to get updates by SMS sent directly to your phone. Check whether this service is available at the Visa Application Centre you are visiting.

    You can also track your visa application status online.  Use the Reference Number present on the invoice/receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre along with your last name to access this service.

  • Collect your passport

    Receive your passport from the Visa Application Centre

    After a visa application decision has been made, your documents will only be returned to you via courier for an additional fee.

    Collecting your documents in person via courier: submit the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to have an authorized representative to collect your documents via courier; they will need to present a letter of authorization signed by you, submit the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification.

Ready to apply?

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the Premium Services on offer.

Start your application

Start your visa process and then come back to VFS Global with your reference number to take advantage of the Premium Services on offer.

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