Germany Visa Application Process | Step By Step Guide

It is no longer news that thousands of persons who are not nationals of Germany want to migrate to the country but the problem of visa application process is still holding them. In case you happen to be one of them, this article is for you. The Germany Visa Application Process takes only six steps and here we will show you the steps and necessary guidelines to make your application easier for you.

Germany Visa Application Steps

As a foreigner wishing to migrate to Germany, you are required to take the following steps while applying for your Germany Visa:

Step 1: Prepare your visa application
Step 2: Make an appointment
Step 3: Go to the Application Center
Step 4: Visa application submission
Step 5: Entering of application information
Step 6: Biometric data collection

Let us now give brief explanations to steps listed above.

Step 1: Prepare your visa application

The type of visa you prepare and apply for depends on the purpose of your visit to Germany. This is because the documents and application fees required for visa applications are not the same.  Before applying for your visa, you are expected to get all the required documents ready, then complete and sign the application form.

Kindly ensure that you complete the application form in full. Print, sign and bring the form when going for your Visa appointment. Note that handwritten forms are not acceptable.

Step 2: Make an appointment

It is compulsorily required that you book an appointment before going to the Application Center to submit your documents for a Germany Visa. Therefore, for your visa application to be accepted, you must make prior appointment.

Step 3: Go to the Application Center

After you have booked appointment and arrived at the Application Centre, your appointment letter will be verified and a token will be issued to you. Please ensure you arrive at the Application Center on time as the Embassy may not be able to process your visa request if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Step 4: Visa application submission

The submission process of your visa application will take not more than 10 minutes. Within the said 10 minutes, your documents and visa application form are to be verified. You must ensure that:

  • All your documents are arranged in order as stated on the checklist
  • Your application form is complete and signed

If your visa application is incomplete or that the documents are not arranged in accordance with the order on the checklist, or that you will be asked to collect another token

However, if the application is complete, your passport, application form and documents will be held temporarily by the application center and you can not take the passport during the application process. Kindly note that if you take your passport from the application center for whatever reason the application will be canceled and you will need to re-apply.

Step 5: Entering of application information

After the verification of your application at the Application Center, all the information contained in the application form will be entered into the on-line system of the German consulate and you will receive a printed copy of your application. This takes about 10 to 15 minutes. After getting the printed form ensure you verify that all the details are correct, then sign the form. Forms for minors have to be signed by both parents.

You will be issued a receipt after paying for the visa. You have to keep the receipt in order to collect your processed application.

Step 6: Biometric data collection

Biometrics are collected once the application has been completed. A quick process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner is used for collecting the biometrics. It usually takes 7-8 minutes per applicant.

Upon completing the above 6 steps of the Germany Visa Application Process, your application will be sent for processing the next working day to the Consulate. Please make sure you keep the payment receipt as it will be required to collect your passport. Congratulations!

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