Germany is a federation on the continent of Europe. It is one of the popular countries in the world, with Berlin as its capital. The official language of Germany is German (Deutsch). Over the years, many Nigerians have migrated to Germany for several reasons. Nigerian’s interested in getting a Germany visa can follow the application process below.
Germany Visa Types
Germany visas are in two major categories. They are the long-term and short-term visas. The short-term visas are majorly for visitors, tourists, persons needing medical attention or persons on short official visits. The long-term visas are for persons who intend to study or gain permanent residence in Germany.
The table below describes the various visa types.
|Internship visa||Mostly issued to undergraduate students seeking internships in the Country|
|Tourist and Visitor visa||Issued to person's visiting Germany for holidays or tourism|
|Studying and Language learning visa||Given to students aspiring to study in the country, and is given based on the course duration|
|Job seeker visa||Issued to individuals seeking empolyment|
|Business visa||This is a short-term visa issued to individuals attending business meetings and other engagements|
|Airport transit visa||Issued to person's traveling through Germany|
|Working visa||This is given to individuals who have been given employment in the Country|
|Guest scientist visa|
|Medical treatment visa||Given in case of urgent medical treatment.|
|Trade fair and exhibitions||This can also be issued for business, and delegation|
Germany Visa Requirements
For the various types of German visas, there are certain requirements that must be met. However, there are certain requirements that apply to almost all the types of visas. Every visa applicant needs to get a valid Nigerian passport if they don’t already have or renew the passport if it has expired.
The documents needed for a German visa application include:
- A valid Nigerian passport – valid for 6 months.
- A colored copy of the data page of the international passport.
- Photocopies of the Nigerian Passport visibly showing the applicant’s passport number, picture and bio-data pages.
- A properly filled and signed Germany visa application form.
- One Passport-photograph of the applicant.
- Visa Processing fees.
- A prepaid envelope by any major courier service to return passport and original documents.
- Travel health insurance
Depending on the visa type, other supporting documents could include:
- An invitation letter from a Germany sponsor
- A letter from applicant’s Germany employer
- Leave letter from applicant’s Nigerian employer.
- A proof of provisional admission, issued by the Germany academic institution
- Proof of accommodation in Germany
- Bank statement for the past 3 months
Germany Visa Application
Once you are sure that you need a Germany visa, and you have gotten an international passport, as well as the other supporting documents, there are a few other things that you need to do. A lot of applicants get some steps wrong and get denied a visa to Germany. For short-term visas, applicants can apply online, following the steps that are stated below. Long-term visa (National visa) applicants need to call the Embassy to schedule personal interviews before they can start any application process.
The steps to apply for a German visa are as follows.
Steps to Apply for a Germany Visa
It is advised that you be very clear on your ‘purpose of travel’
Download and fill the visa application form
Affix your passport photograph
Book an appointment
Visit the German application center to submit your application form and the other supporting documents at the visa application center.
Pay the visa application fee at the Visa application center.
Provide your biometric information
Track the application online
Where to Get a Germany Visa Application Form
The normal Germany visa application forms can be downloaded from the embassy website and filled manually, and the e-visa form should be filled and submitted online.
Germany Visa Fees
The Germany visa fees for all types of visas has been set at 60 Euros since 2008, but in many cases, you might not have to pay or pay at a reduced price because they are various fee waivers for national visas and others.
For national Visas
These are for foreign nationals receiving a scholarship from public funds during their stay in Germany as well as their spouse or partner, and minor children as long as they are covered by the funding.
Precise information about German visas fees can be found here.
How and Where to Pay Germany Visa Fees
Germany visa fees can be paid at the Visa application center with cash or via debit cards.
Germany Visa Processing Time
The Germany visa processing time is usually between 14 to 21 working days.
Where to Collect Germany Visa upon Approval
If your German visa application is approved, you can collect your passport from the Visa Application Centre or use the option of courier delivery.
Address and Location of Germany Embassy in Nigeria
Germany Consulate Nigeria, Lagos
15 Walter Carrington Crescent (formerly Eleke Crescent)
Germany Embassy Nigeria, Abuja
9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Maitama
Phone: +00234-9-220-8010, +00234-9-220-8011
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