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 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. 

  • 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. 

    Please Note:

    • If you are a Maldivian and wish to obtain an appointment, you’ll have to continue with “Sri Lanka” under “Residing Country” selection.

    • If you wish to apply for visa to Austria, Hungary and Latvia, you’ll have to continue with "Germany” under "Visiting Country" selection in order to continue with the appointment booking process.

    • If you wish to submit your application to the German Visa Application Center in Jaffna, you’ll not require an appointment.

    Every visa applicant, including children/infants, has to come and submit his/her visa application in the Visa Application Centre by appointment only. It is advised to book a visa application appointment as soon as applicants know they will be travelling, allowing enough time for the Mission to process the visa application (see Processing Time under the various visa categories) and taking in consideration the days that VFS Global offices and /or the Mission may be closed (see Public Holidays/Closures).

    Prior to the visa application appointment booking, applicants need to complete, print and sign the online Schengen visa application form (see Application Form as per respective visa category). The booking of a visa application appointment is as follows:

    1. Click Appointment Link

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

    3. Complete Appointment booking process

    You can print the Appointment Booking Confirmation email with the Appointment letter (a PDF attachment), in the following steps:

    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 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.

  • 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.

    For minors under 16 year of age, both parents have to sign the application form on their behalf.

  • 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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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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