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  • Research

    Choose the right visa for your trip

    The first step is to determine which visa type you need based on your location:

    New Delhi (The area of jurisdiction of the embassy comprises the states of: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand as well as the Union Territories of Chandigarh, NCT of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep including Minicoy and Amini. )

    Mumbai (The area of jurisdiction of the Consulate comprises the states of: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa , Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu)

    Kolkata (The area of jurisdiction of the Consulate comprises the states of: West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura)

    Bangalore (The area of jurisdiction of the Consulate comprises the states of: Karnataka and Kerala.)

    Chennai (The area of jurisdiction of the Consulate comprises the states of: Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Pondicherry.) - 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.

    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.

  • Apply

    Get started with your visa application

    Once you are ready to apply, go to the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany website to apply for your visa online.

    You can also download the visa application form, complete it, print the completed form, and bring it with you to the Visa Application Centre for submission. 

    Short Term Appointment Scheduling (Applicable for New Delhi, Jalandhar, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Kochi, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa and Kolkata.)

    As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph.

    Long Term Appointment Scheduling (New Delhi)

    National Visa

    Important Information for Master, doctoral and post-doctorate Students, scholarship holders and certain highly skilled Professionals!

    Certain applicants can now submit their application for a German National Visa directly at the Service Provider VFS Global, thus skipping the wait time for an interview appointment at the German Mission.

    If you hail from the jurisdiction of the German Embassy in New Delhi or the German Consulate General in Mumbai, and you want to pursue doctoral, post-doctorate or Master studies and have a binding, unconditional admission letter from a German University or have been awarded a full scholarship by an official German Institution for higher studies in Germany or have a binding contract for a highly qualified employment in Germany and a binding approval letter issued by the competent German labor Authorities -“ZAV-Zustimmung”- (applicants and dependents from the New Delhi Embassy jurisdiction only)you can schedule an appointment for the submission of your visa application and submit it at the Visa Application Centre in New Delhi or in Mumbai.

    Note: Applications will still be processed by the German Mission itself! An interview at the Mission might still be necessary in case of further questions or unclear documentation. The Service Provider (VFS Global) will neither be able to provide status updates or a success forecast for the applications.

    If you do not meet the above criteria, for example, if you want to pursue Bachelor studies, or are applying for preparatory classes (also language classes) with the intent of entering a German University later, you have to submit your application directly at the competent German Mission. Please note that any applicant who does not meet the above mentioned criteria and schedules an appointment at one of the mentioned Application Centres will not be attended, losing valuable time and means.

    For Students

    Due to very high appointment demand in the student category the Embassy has established some subcategories.

    Please choose the relevant option. Please note that the Embassy will not accept your application if you book an appointment under a wrong category. In case you book an appointment under a wrong category, you will have to apply for a new appointment.

    Please be informed that you may receive a call and subsequent email from VFS Global to confirm your appointment. Request your co-operation for the same. Please be aware that continued unresponsiveness to such calls and e-mails may lead to cancellation of your appointment.

  • 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’.

    Applicants for Long Term Visa from New Delhi jurisdiction can now schedule their appointment online or by contacting us on the below details.

    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. 

    If you live in any of the states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand as well as the Union Territories of Chandigarh, NCT of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep including Minicoy and Amini, you can schedule an appointment for a short term visa with us by calling us directly at 022-67866013 or book appointment online.

    Alternatively, you can write us an email at info.germanin@vfshelpline.com.

    Short Term Appointment Scheduling:

    As part of the visa application procedure, from 2 November 2015 applicants will need to provide Biometric fingerprint data along with a digital photograph.

    If you have missed your appointment on the scheduled day, the system will not allow you to reschedule or cancel and you will require to book a new appointment after 24 hours.

  • Pay your fees

    Find out the amount you need to pay

    Once you have made your application, you will need to pay your visa application fee. If you are applying online for your visa, your payment will be made as part of this process. If you download the form to print and bring to the Visa Application Centre, payment can be made at the time of your appointment.

    Visa Application Centres in the districts that are under the German Embassy, New Delhi accepts MasterCard and Visa for short stay applications. At the Visa Application Centre, you can also pay the fee in cash or as a demand draft drawn in favour of “VFS Global services Pvt ltd”.

    Short Term Appointment Scheduling (Applicable for New Delhi,Jalandhar,Chandigarh, Gurgaon , Jaipur, Chennai, Hyderabad, Puducherry, Bengalaru, Kochi, Trivandrum, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Goa and Kolkata.)

    You can submit your application on Saturday in VFS Global - New Delhi, VFS Global -Chandigarh and VFS Global -Jalandhar at an additional cost with prior appointment.

    Long Term Appointment Scheduling (New Delhi)

    National Visa Applicants can book an appointment for National Visa (Long Term) through our Helpline number.

    The applicants can now also schedule their appointment online.

  • Visit a Visa Application Centre

    Attend your scheduled appointment

    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.

    Applicants can apply in any of our VFS centres irrespective of their jurisdiction.

    We will check and send the application to the Consulate/Embassy of their respective jurisdiction at an additional cost of INR 1000/. Fees: INR 1000/-

    How to book: Book this service at 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, you can pick up your documents from the Visa Application Centre or have your documents returned to you by courier for an additional fee. For some Visa Application Centres your documents will only be returned via courier.

    Collecting your documents in person: bring the receipt issued by the Visa Application Centre and a form of Government identification. If permitted you may be able to send a representative to collect your documents; they will need to present a letter of authorisation signed by you, bring the receipt issued to you by the Visa Application Centre and their Government identification. 

    Please check with the Visa Application Centre at time of your appointment for the options available to collect your documents.

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