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Germany Schengen Visa application: Processing times
Photo of Jan Koelle Jan Koelle
3 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Embarking on a journey to Germany within the Schengen zone? Navigating the German Schengen Visa application process can seem daunting, but at iVisa, we're here to make it a breeze.

Your journey to securing a Germany (Schengen) visa starts with clearly understanding the application processing times.

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With our easy-to-use online platform and dedicated support, you're just steps away from exploring Germany's rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Let's dive in!

Average German Schengen Visa processing time

Planning a trip to Germany requires applying for a Schengen Visa, but understanding when to apply can be tricky due to limited interview slots and the workload at the German Embassy or Consulate in your country.

To clarify, we've outlined a visa application timeline for you:

  • Keep in mind the time it takes to gather the correct supporting documents for your application. We recommend planning at least 1 week for this.

  • Also consider the workload of the German Embassy or Consulate to process applications for peak travel times, such as the summer period from June to August.

  • Typically, once you've submitted all documentation and attended the interview, it takes a minimum of 15 days to process a Schengen Visa. Depending on the specifics of your application, embassies may require up to 30 days, and in exceptional cases, processing can extend to 60 days.

  • For complex applications, such as those with extensive supporting documents related to work or study, or for group applications like families or friends, it's wise to allow extra processing time. More applications equate to more documentation for officials to review, increasing the likelihood of processing delays.

Germany Schengen Visa application process: When to apply

You now have the opportunity to apply for your Germany Schengen Visa up to 6 months before your intended travel date, thanks to recent rule adjustments. We recommend submitting your application at least 3 months prior to your trip. Why so early?

From recent travelers' experiences and our experts' advice, we know that interview slots can be limited in some countries, and some applicants may have to wait a while before they can attend their appointment.

For those traveling to high-demand countries like France or Germany, consider applying earlier to account for additional processing time.

You now have the opportunity to apply for your Germany Schengen Visa up to 6 months before your intended travel date

Applying for your Germany Schengen Visa with us

With iVisa, starting your application is effortless on any device, whether online or through our app.

  • We provide essential insights into available appointment slots, and our experts proactively keep an eye out for earlier dates, often made available through cancellations.

  • We've streamlined the process by minimizing complicated questions and providing a detailed step-by-step guide to help you collect the necessary documents and prepare for your interview.

Please note that our review process can take up to 30 days to ensure everything is in order for your application. Another reason to start your application for the Germany Schengen Visa now!

Questions about the Germany Schengen Visa?

Don't hesitate to reach out to our experts via online chat or WhatsApp. They're happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the Germany Visa application process or another travel document.

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