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National Visas

18.01.2018 - Article

For long-term stays of more than 90 days

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National visas are issued for long-term stays for a particular purpose. Usually issued for 90 days, such visas may be issued for up to a year in certain cases. After entering Germany, visa holders must apply for a residence permit as a general rule.

Preparing your application

You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany. The entire visa application process can take several months.
Please prepare your application as follows:



Getting an Appointment

You may submit your application three months before the start of your planned trip at the earliest. Please make an appointment to submit your application by

Incomplete applications can not be admitted: the application will be returned without additional charges and a new appointment has to be arranged.

No multiple bookings are allowed! This means only one appointment per person and passport application. You will have to provide the number of your current passport during the booking process. Please understand that you will only be admitted into the Embassy's visa section if your passport number matches the information submitted in your reservation.

Please only book an appointment which you are actually able to keep. If you can not keep an appointment that has already been booked you are kindly asked to cancel it online. This will help us to reduce long terms of waiting and leaves a gap for emergencies and applications of high urgency (cases as such usually involve illness or death of a close person). If you do not show up for your appointment without previous cancelation, the system does not allow rebooking during the next weeks!!! Please note that the improper use of the booking system will lead to the cancellation of the appointment and to the blacklisting of your email address. We strongly recommend to personally book appointments without making use of an external service provider. The booking of an appointment is free of charge.

Please note that the appointments offered on this system are the earliest appointments possible.

Important information 

Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring the complete documentation with you to your appointment.

Submitting your application

In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the Embassy in person. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The Embassy will ask you questions about your planned trip and take your photograph and fingerprints. 

What happens during processing?

The Embassy will review your application and make a decision on whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will check whether your application meets the legal requirements. Depending on the purpose of your trip, it can take up to three months to check your application. The Embassy, Consulate General or Consulate will contact you as soon as it has made a decision on your application. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period. After that, enquiries are only answered if they are made by the applicant, his/her legal representative or another person authorised in writing by the applicant.

Return of your passport

As soon as the Embassy has reached a decision on your application, we will inform you via mail of phone , you should collect your passport in person. If you are not able to collect it yourself, you can authorise another person to collect it for you. In order to do so, please issue an power of attorney to that particular Person.


There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.

Have a good trip! Information for visa holders

If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the residents registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigners authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.

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