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Visa Information in English

02.07.2024 - Artikel

Information on the visa procedure for a long-term stay in Germany

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  • Put together the application documents listed below. Missing documents can lead to the rejection of the application. All documents must be submitted as originals with 2 photocopies each. Originals and the passport are not withheld.
  • To apply for a visa, you have to come to the embassy in person.
  • Foreign-language documents must be submitted with a translation into German. At www.justiz-dolmetscher.de you will find a translator database from the ‚Landesjustizverwaltungen‘.

  • All copies must be presented in A4 format

  • Book an appointment here

Important information

  • The decision to issue a visa may require the submission of further documents in individual cases.
  • Your visa application will be processed as quickly as possible. The embassy will contact you if there are any further questions or after completing the visa procedure. Please refrain from inquiring about the processing status.
  • You can finally pick up the issued visa by presenting your passport at the embassy.
  • Due to the new version of Section 26 (2) BeschV (Western Balkans regulation), since January 1st, 2021, nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia can only apply for a visa according to this regulation to the competent diplomatic mission in one of these six countries. It is no longer possible to submit an application to the Embassy in Helsinki.
  • Argentinian, Chilean and Uruguayan citizens can apply for a Working Holiday Visa at any German diplomatic mission worldwide. As a rule, only nationals of these three countries can apply for a Working Holiday Visa at the German Embassy Helsinki. Please book an appointment in the category  “Working Holiday Visa”. If you book an appointment in another category, your application cannot be accepted.

    Please book an appointment on time, as no separate appointments can be made outside of the online reservation.


Documents required for working in Germany

Documents required for university studies

Documents required for an internship that is part of your studies

Documents required for family reunification with foreign family members

Documents required for family reunification with German family members

Documents required for Opportunity Card

Documents required for Working Holiday

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