Information for visa applicants residing in Afghanistan
Residents of Afghanistan may apply for a German visa at the German Embassy in New Delhi.
You can schedule an appointment for submission of your Schengen visa application via/at the Embassy’s service provider, http://www.vfs-germany.co.in/
- For detailed information about the required supporting documents, please refer to the website of the German Embassy in Kabul www.afghanistan.diplo.de and to this Embassy’s general visa information.
- Supporting documents in a language other than German or English have to be presented with a German or English translation.
- If you do not speak English or Hindi, it is highly recommended that you bring a translator to your visa appointment.
- Please be aware that processing time for your visa request will be approximately ten to twelve days and may well take several weeks in some cases, especially if follow-up is needed. We urge you to present your application in a complete and well-prepared manner!
If you want to apply for a National (long-term) German Visa, e.g. for family reunion, you will have to register in a waiting list through the Website of the German Embassy in Kabul. You will subsequently be allotted an appointment in New Delhi. You cannot schedule an appointment for a National Visa directly through the German Embassy in Delhi or the Embassy’s Service Provider and you cannot submit an application without an appointment. You will find all pertinent information regarding the application process through the Website of the German Embassy in Kabul, www.afghanistan.diplo.de
General visa information:
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 "German national visa" for stays over 90 days.
To find out which documents you have to prepare, please read the section below according to your visa type.
A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (Schengen Area).
As of November 2nd 2015, the Schengen-wide Visa Information System (VIS) has been implemented for India and Bhutan. Find more information here:
The German Missions in India have partly outsourced the handling of Schengen visa applications to a service provider, VFS Global.
Every client has the option to submit his/her visa application at a nearby Visa Application Centre.
Availing this service, you are saving time and expenses:
- shorter or no waiting periods between scheduling an appointment and the actual application
- Submission of applications through authorized third person, unless biometric data need to be collected (see above information regarding VIS)
- courier service for passports
- status of the process anytime retrievable online; SMS updates (free of cost)
The use of the Visa Application Centres is not mandatory; the resulting additional costs are to be paid directly to VFS Global
Alternatively, you may also submit your visa application, after scheduling an appointment, to the German Mission of your local jurisdiction.
German National visas:
If you plan to live in Germany for a period exceeding three months, you will need a German national visa.
Please note that for German National Visas, a personal interview at your German Mission is mandatory.
Please note: The German Missions in India and the German Government do not undertake direct recruitment for jobs in Germany. The German Missions are only entitled to decide visa applications in cooperation with the relevant authorities in Germany in this matter.