The processing time for a visa application varies based on the application procedure and how long it takes for you to interview at the consulate or embassy. There are three processing speeds for the application review online: Standard, Rush, and Super Rush. Then, once you go for your interview, it usually takes about 5 business days to finish processing the paperwork to approve your visa.
The What, When, and How | Germany (Schengen) Visa Regulations
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How long does processing take my Germany (Schengen) visa?
After your interview, within 5 business days normally. Before you attend your visa interview, you can complete the Germany visa application from your computer or phone with iVisa. The processing speed of the application will vary based on which option you select when you check out after filling out the application:
- Standard Processing will take around 10 Business Days to complete.
- Rush processing will complete your application within 8 Business Days.
- Super Rush processing will complete your application within 6 Business Days.
How long can I stay in the Schengen Area with a Germany (Schengen) visa?
You will be able to travel in Germany and the Schengen area at maximum of 90 days Per Entry.
Is there a certain number of time I can enter the Schengen Area with a visa?
Yes. The Germany (Schengen) temporary visa will grant visitors a Single Entry in the area, so plan your trip well. If you want to go to the UK or Ireland, you may need a separate visa since they are not part of the Schengen agreement.
When does the visa for Germany (Schengen) expire?
Validity is good for 180 days after arrival.
What documents do I need for the visa application and interview?
- Final Page Scan of Passport (if applicable) - The last page of your passport.
- Passport Photo - Clear, colored photo with a white backdrop.
- Departure Ticket - When will you be leaving? Show this information.
- Former Education/Work History (if applicable) - If you're going for school or work, you'll need to show this.
- Passport Personal Details - 6 months validity left from date of arrival and 3 blank stamping pages. Scan it and upload it with your application.
- Accommodations - Do you have a reservation for a resort or hostel? Or do you have a letter from a friend or family member saying you are staying with them? Turn this in.
- Enough Finances - You'll be required to prove you have funds to vacation with while in Europe as well as at least 30,000 EUR in medical insurance in case you injure yourself.
What's the price to get the Germany (Schengen) visa?
Germany (Schengen) visas normally are priced around EUR 60 which you'll pay after your interview. With the online application, you'll decide on a speed for us to process it which is a small fee:
- If you choose Standard Processing, the processing price will be USD 25.00.
- Applicants that choose Rush Processing will pay USD 45.00.
- Super Rush Processing costs USD 80.00.
You'll have to pay for your actual visa when you go for your interview.
The Germany (Schengen) Visa as a Foreign National Requirements
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