Depending on the purpose and duration of your stay in Germany you can either apply for a short-term "Schengen Visa" or for a long-term "National Visa".
If you plan to go to Germany for a short amount of days (less than 90 days within six months) you would need a Schengen Visa. (e.g. tourism, visiting family and friends, business trip).
If you plan to stay more than 90 days within six months you would need a National Visa (e.g. study, long term language training, Au Pair).
To find out which documents you have to prepare, please read the section below according to your visa type.
Visa applicants are kindly advised to report to one of the German Visa Application Centres managed by VFS.
VFS will check your application documents to ensure that your application is complete and can be processed without any delay.
After the document check, VFS schedules an appointment for your visa interview.
The visa interview will be held at the German Consulate General in Chennai. Please bring along the checked application documents.
Upon completion of the visa process the German Consulate General will return your passport to VFS. You may collect your passport from VFS or request their courier services.
Please do not send any invitation letters to the Consulate General, but to the applicant him-/herself. Please also be informed that the original of the invitation has to be given. Faxed or e-mailed invitations from individuals and /or companies inviting Indian nationals to visit Germany and /or Schengen Area will not be accepted.
Transit and short stay (Schengen) visas
Here you can find information on how to apply for a short-term visa which is valid up to 90 days in any six-months period.
German national visa
If you would like to move to Germany, you may apply for a German national visa.
Please note that the visa process might take 8 to 12 weeks. Any enquiries in writing or by telephone for the status of an application within a period of 12 weeks from date of application cannot be answered.
The applicant will be informed of the approval only by phone. Therefore, please make sure to give a clear, legible and valid phone number in your visa application.
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