Before you make haste to apply, you must know the type of visa you will be applying for as this is one of the major problems faced by citizens who are about to obtain their visa. Are you going there as a student or a tourist or a business official? This is because there are different visas for different category of people.
Step 1 – Prepare your visa application
You’ll need to apply for the type of visa that relates with your intentions for going to Germany. Prepare the visa fees and the entire document which will be required before applying.
Step 2 – Make an appointment
It is mandatory that you book an appointment before you can go to the Application center to submit your documents for a German VISA. All visa applications are accepted only if you have made prior appointment.
Step 3 – Go to the Application Center
After you arrive at the Application Center, your appointment letter will be verified and you will be issued a token. Please be on time, the embassy may not be able to process your visa request if you are late for more than 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Visa application submission
The submission process generally takes 10 minutes to complete. Your documents and visa application form will be checked and verified. Please make sure that:
- All your documents are arranged in the order stated on the checklist
- Your application form is complete and signed
You will be asked to collect another token if the visa application form is incomplete, you have not arranged the documents in the required order or you have not provided all the necessary photocopies of documents.
If the application is complete your passport, application form and documents will be held temporarily by the application center. Please note that you cannot take the passport during the application process with you, if you have to take your passport 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, all the application form information will be entered into the online system of the German consulate and you will receive a printed copy of your application. This process usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes. After you get the printed form please make sure to verify all the details are correct and sign the form.
Please note that forms for minors (up to 18 years) have to be signed by both parents.
After you pay for the visa you will be issued a receipt which you have to keep in order to collect your processed application.
Step 6 – Biometric data collection
Once the application has been completed, biometrics will be collected using a quick process that captures a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner. This will usually take 7-8 minutes per applicant. Make sure to keep the payment receipt as this is required to collect your passport.
However, it should be noted that, handwritten forms will not be accepted. Every document should be typed and printed before submission.