German visa application, requirements for citizens of India. Travel (tourist, business, etc.) visas to Germany from India.

How to Apply for a Germany Visa in India

Indian citizens remain among the most frequent visitors of the Schengen Area, and Germany visas remain highly required by them. The South Asian country is home to 1.324 billion, around 1 million of which visited Europe only in 2017. Out of them, 153,961 applied for German visas, as Germany was the first or the only country in Europe they planned visiting.

However, Indian nationals often encounter difficulties obtaining the right information on how to obtain a Germany visa, the application process and required documents that one has to collect. This guideline will explain clearly and in a simplified way which are the steps that one has to follow in order to obtain a Germany Visa in India.

Germany Visa Types

Indian nationals are among most frequent visitor in Germany, however many of the applicants require visas not only to visit Germany, but also to study or work there, require medical treatment or to do business. Depending on one’s purpose to enter and remain in Germany during a specific period of time, the German visas are categorized as below.

Depending on the German visa status under which an Indian citizen remains in the territory of Germany or Schengen, he or she will be allowed to remain under a specific period of time in Germany and work or not, depending on the visa status.

Germany Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens

The first step towards the completion of your application process for a Germany visa is collecting the required documents, which are as following:

  • Application Form –  Complete the form with honest and correct information that complies with the other information in the other required documents.
  • Valid passport – which must fulfill some specific criteria, as having a validity of at least three months beyond your planned stay in Germany, and having at least one blank page in order to be able to affix visa.
  • Two photos – according to the standards as set by the ICAO
  • Proof of accommodation – that shows you where you will be staying during your time in Germany, That could be a hotel booking, a renting contract or an invitation letter by your friend or relative that shows you will stay over at their place
  • Return Ticket – this should be a purchased travel ticket with the date you enter and leave Germany
  • Travel Health insurance – which covers the whole period of your planned stay in the whole territory of Germany. In this article, you can learn more details about choosing the right German Health Insurance company while still being in India.
  • Travel Itinerary – that is a detailed plan of what you will be doing in Germany
  • Invitation Letter
  • Proof of Financial Means – a document, that shows you have enough money to financially support yourself during your stay in Germany, as well as:
  • If employed:
    • Employment contract
    • Current bank statement, of latest 6 months (Online Bank statements are not acceptable).
    • Leave permission from your employer
    • Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
  • If self-employed:
    • A copy of your business license in India
    • Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
    • Income Tax Return (ITR)
  • If a student:
    • Proof of enrollment
    • No-objection certificate from school or university
  • If retired:
    • Pension statement of the latest 6 months

Germany Visa Application Process for Indian Residents

To finalize the application process towards obtaining the visa you will have to submit your application, which you have to do following the steps below:

  • Make an appointment online to the embassy, consulate or application center (which are listed above, at the beginning of the article)
  • Show up on time on the day of the appointment
  • Attend the appointment, having all of the required documents with you
  • Submit your biometrics, fingerprints and digital image of yours
  • Wait for a response
  • Collect your visa / Receive visa rejection

Germany Visa Fees for Indian Passport Holders

Since May 2008, the Germany visa fee is 60 Euro for all kind of visas. A Schengen visa costs the same for all of the Schengen Area members states. However, there are some categories that are exempt from paying the fee, as listed below:

  • kids under six years old
  • school pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training
  • representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences or other sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research

The Germany visa fee in rupee, the Indian currency, is approximately 4,786 rupees, depending on the current exchange rates.

Germany Visa Application Processing Time in India

In general, a German visa application takes about 10 to 15 working days to be processed by the German embassy in New Delhi India, which is the only competent body to assess the applications. There may be delays depending on the number of applications, or in some cases depending on the specific situation of the applicant.

Where to apply for a Germany Visa in India?

Before starting the application process, the first thing one has to do is to find out where to apply for a Germany visa. In India, there is one German Embassy in the capital of the country and four consulates spread across the country, as following.

  • German Embassy in New Delhi
  • German Consulate in Bengaluru
  • German Consulate Chennai
  • German Consulate Kolkata
  • German Consulate Mumbai

Jurisdiction Area of German Embassy and Consulates in India

The applicants are strongly advised to apply at the embassy if they live in the capital, or at the consulate, that is the closest to their home. Depending on the area of jurisdiction under the embassy or consulate, as following:

  • German Embassy in New Delhi – the area of jurisdiction of which 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.*
  • German Consulate in Bengaluru – Karnataka and Kerala.
  • German Consulate Kolkata – West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura
  • German Consulate Chennai – Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Pondicherry.
  • German Consulate Mumbai – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa , Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Daman and Diu

 *The German embassy in New Delhi also offers its visa services to the nationals of Bhutan and third-country nationals residing in Bhutan who can submit their visa applications at the Etho Metho Visa Application Centre in Thimphu, Bhutan

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Centers in India

There are also 16 VFS Application Centers spread across India and one in Bhutan, therefore you will probably find one of them closer to your home, rather than the consulate. Find listed below the cities where these VFS global visa application centers in India are located, as well as their addresses:

Germany Visa Application Center in New Delhi, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd,
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Mezzanine Level
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place
New Delhi- 110001

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Center in Jalandhar, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd,
3rd floor, Aman Plaza, Plot No 310, Lajpat Nagar, Mahavir Marg,
Nakodar Chowk, (opposite to lovely autos), Jalandhar, Punjab – 144001

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Center in Chandigarh, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd,
Elante Offices, Entry from Gate No. 3 ,Unit no. B 209, Second Floor,
Office Block B, Plot no. 178- 178A, Industrial & Business Park, Phase – I,
Chandigarh (U T) 160002

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Center in Gurgaon, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd,
ILD Trade Centre,
4th Floor, Sector 47
Sohna Road, Gurgaon – 122001

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Center in Jaipur, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd,
Manglam Ambition Tower
1st Floor, Agrasen Circle (Malan ka Chauraha), Subhash Marg, C Scheme
Jaipur, 302001

Germany Visa Application Center in Kolkata, India

VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd
5th Floor, Rene Tower, Plot No. AA-I
1842 Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba
Kolkata- 700107

Germany Visa Application Center in Mumbai, India

3rd Floor, Urmi Axis Building, Behind Famous Studio, Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai – 400 011.

Germany Visa Application Center in Ahmedabad, India

First Floor, Emerald House,
Near Parimal Garden Cross Road,
Off C G Road, Ahmedabad 380006

Germany Visa Application Center in Pune, India

4th Floor, F Core Marvel Edge, Near Bajaj Finserv,
Viman Nagar, Pune 411014

Germany Visa Application Center in Goa, India

Gera Imperium I, Patto, Panaji, Goa.

Germany Visa Application Center in Bengaluru, India

Global Tech Park,No 11 First Floor O’ Shaughnessy Road,
Langford Town, Bangalore 560025

Germany Visa Application Center in Kochi, India

1st Floor Coastal Chambers,
M G Road Ravipuram,
Cochin 682015, Kerala

Germany Visa Application Center in Trivandrum, India

First Floor – Asiatic Business Centre.
T c 2/2408-3, Attipra Village, Kazhakuttom, Trivandrum-695583

Germany Visa Application Center in Chennai, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd
Fagun Towers, Third Floor,
No 74, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,
Chennai – 600 008

Germany Visa Application Center in Hyderabad, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd –
8-2-700, 3rd Floor, Srida Anushka Pride
Road No. 12, Banjara Hills,
Hyderabad – 500 034.

Germany Visa Application Center in Puducherry, India

VFS Global Services Pvt. Ltd
No: 32, Eswaran Kovil Street
Puducherry – 605001

VFS Global Germany Visa Application Center in Thimphu, Bhutan

Etho Metho – Germany Visa Application Centre,
Changlam
Thimphu, Bhutan 

However, do not forget that you will have to pay an extra fee at the application center for the processing of your visa application, aside of the generally required fee. The amount of the fee can vary from the visa type you are applying for and a few other factors as your age. Whereas, if you apply directly at the German embassy or one of the consulates then you will not have to pay any extra fee, aside of the generally required fee.

Remember that if you submit your application for a visa at a Germany Visa Application Center you will be able to track your application through the the VFS global Germany