German National visas

File your visa application at the German Mission of your local jurisdiction in five easy steps:

Step 1:

Please prepare the necessary documentation for your visa application using the following checklists:

checklist for student visa

checklist for employment visa [pdf, 335.88k]

checklist for guest scientist/research visa [pdf, 245.27k]

checklist for job-seeker visa [pdf, 171.33k]

checklist for training/internship visa [pdf, 243.65k]

checklist for au pair visa [pdf, 246.06k]

checklist for speciality cook visa [pdf, 34.75k]

checklist for family reunion visa (spouse) [pdf, 195.39k]

checklist for family reunion visa (children) [pdf, 192.89k]

checklist for family reunion visa (parent) [pdf, 185.08k]

checklist for intended marriage/establishment of a civil union visa [pdf, 268.92k]

Step 2:

Kindly procure photos which meet biometric photos requirements [pdf, 1,350.34k] These photos can be obtained, among others, at the following photo studios:


Photo studio

New Delhi

"Reflections" Digital Photoshop,

Shop No. 25, NDMC Market, Malcha Marg

New Delhi 110021

Tel: 0091-11-9910272944, 0091-11-99 68 00 85 87


all branches of GK Vale photo studios



53/1 CP Ramaswamy Road

Chennai 600 018

Tel. 0120-2499 7239

VFS: Tel. 0120-664 1070


Atlanta Photo Shop - Atlanta Bldg., Shop No. 7, Ground Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021.

Tel.: (022) 2204 2762, 2287 2587, 4002 0130

Fax: (022) 3022 8484

e-mail: atlantaphotoshop(at)

Step 3:

Please fill out the Application form for National Visa [pdf, 621.91k] print it out, sign it and submit it along with the other documents.

If you are unable to fill out the form, please change your Adobe Reader settings as follows: Edit -> Preferences -> Documents -> View documents in PDF/A Mode -> Never.

To complete your documentation, please print out the following declaration and sign it:

Declaration on true and complete information [pdf, 213.94k]

Additional contact and legal representation information [pdf, 210.17k]

For employment visas, kindly also fill out the Annexure for Employment Visas [msword, 47k]

Step 4:

Now you can schedule an appointment for your visa interview at your German Mission.

Step 5:

Shortly before your appointment, please verify the current exchange rate for your visa fee on this website and obtain the Demand Draft.

The visa fee has to be paid by Demand Draft at the time of the visa interview.

Demand Drafts with incorrect amounts will not be accepted. Fees cannot be paid in cash. Please note that the fee is not refundable, even when the visa is rejected.


Information on German knowledge requirement - only important for family reunion

Since Germany has amended its law relating to foreigners in 2007, visa applicants are required to present evidence of basic knowledge of the German language in the event of family reunion of spouses. However, under certain circumstances, there are exemptions from this requirement, such as for spouses of EU passport holders, of Blue Card holders and of other highly skilled workers, scientists etc.

Please note that the German Missions can ONLY accept German language certificates issued by language institutes fulfilling ALTE-Standard, i.e. Goethe Institute (Max Mueller Bhavan) or Österreichisches Sprachdiplom Deutsch (ÖSD).

German National visas


Admission to the Visa & Consular Section

No mobile phones allowed

Any form of electronic devices, like mobile phone, cameras, etc. are not allowed to be carried inside the premises of the German Missions. To avoid any inconvenience, please go through the list of restricted items carefully!

How to schedule an appointment


How to schedule an appointment

Verification of Indian documents

Neither Legalisation nor Apostille of Indian public documents are recognized by German authorities. All public documents issued by Indian authorities (such as birth/marriage/school certificates or others) might therefore need to be verified for use in Germany, depending on the particular case and on the Embassy’s/Consulate General’s/other German authority’s discretion. In these cases, documents are verified on the ground with the issuing authorities.

Important information on Travel Medical Insurances

Please note that the German Missions only accept Indian Travel Medical Insurances from approved Indian Travel Insurance companies.

Fees for German National Visas


Current visa fees are as follows:




EUR 75
INR 5,900
minors 0 - 17
EUR 37.5
INR 3,000

In some cases, the visa fee might be waived. More

Information on Demand Drafts

The German Missions accept Demand Drafts from all nationalised banks.

Please make sure that the Demand Draft is issued as follows:

issued in favour of
payable in
New Delhi
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi
New Delhi
German Consulate General, Bangalore
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany,  Chennai
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kolkata
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mumbai

The Demand Draft must not be older than 2 months.

For Applicants from Mumbai

Please fill out the Demand Draft form and submit it together with your Demand Draft.