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Beginning 15 June 2020 the German Missions in the UK have resumed processing of visa applications

Schengen visas (type C) can only be applied for with our external service provider Visametric

Long-term visas/residence permits (type D) can be applied for at the German missions directly. Please use our appointment booking system. Should you hold a letter issued by the Federal Employment Agency (“Bundesanstalt für Arbeit”) stating “Vorabzustimmung”, “Einvernehmen” oder “zustimmungsfrei” please apply with Visametric (details below).

In order to apply for any type of visa or residence permit with the German Missions in the UK and our service provider you must have residence in the UK. Unless you hold a valid UK Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) or other evidence of Leave to Enter/Leave to Remain (including a UK short-term study visa) you will need to apply at the German mission responsible for your usual place of residence.

For more information on visa applications, entry to Germany and quarantine regulations, click here.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  1. Please ensure to come prepared. Owing to high demand, we have compressed appointments into tight slots. Please refer to the checklist on our website and ensure that you have all required documentation, including all necessary photocopies for your appointment. Your time-restricted appointment slot does not allow for additional or special requests.
  2. Due to the current public health situation you will not be able to collect your visa in person. Once your application has been approved a visa label will affixed to your passport. You have two options regarding your passport:

    1. You can leave your passport with us at the time of application together with a prepaid and self-addressed Royal Mail “Special Delivery” return envelope. You will need to purchase the envelope before your appointment and bring it along with you. Please ensure that you have written the correct and complete return address on the return envelope.

      We recommend that you leave your passport with us if processing of your application does not exceed two weeks (most employment visas, job seeker visas, some family visas).

    2. You can take your passport with you once you have applied for the visa. Once the visa can be issued we will contact you by mail and ask you to send us your passport together with an additional prepaid and self-addressed Royal Mail “Special Delivery” return envelope. This envelope will be used to return the passport and visa to you. Please ensure that you have written the correct and complete return address on the return envelope. If you mail your passport to us we strongly encourage you to use a mail service offering track and trace facilities (such as Royal Mail Special Delivery) when mailing the passport to the Embassy. We recommend that you take your passport with you if processing of your application does exceed two weeks (most family visas, some employment visas, student and language course visas).

      Please note that the German missions will not assume any liability for loss of or damage to the passport while in transit. All liability rests with the mail carrier.

  3. Cash payments will not be accepted until further notice. Fees can only be paid with a debit / credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
  4. Please ensure to attend your appointment on time. It is our aim to adhere to a full, tight schedule. Please allow for waiting times outside the missions, however. Owing to pandemic restrictions, we can only allow a maximum of 10 people in our waiting room at any one time. Only those whose attendance is indispensable will be permitted access to the missions. This includes applicants and only absolutely necessary accompanying persons (i.e. both parents will need to attend appointments for children, carers or chaperones can attend appointments for those requiring special assistance). Please ensure to adhere to social distancing regulations while in our waiting room.
  5. Out of consideration for our security staff and other applicants, you are required to wear a protective face mask (without valve) covering your mouth and nose (“community mask”). Applicants who do not wear a protective face mask will not be permitted entry.
  6. All applicants will have to undergo a security check upon entering the embassy. This may include taking your body temperature by means of a non-contact infrared thermometer. Please be aware that you are not allowed to attend your appointment if you or any member of your household show signs or symptoms of a coronavirus infection (fever, coughing). Applicants who are not symptom-free will not be permitted entry to the missions.

New procedures for national visas for the purpose of employment in Germany:

All visa applications for employment where the Federal Employment Agency (“Bundesanstalt für Arbeit”)

  • has issued a letter confirming pre-approval (“Vorabzustimmung”) for employment of a named individual with a named company,
  • has issued a letter confirming agreement (“Einvernehmen”) with a named student undertaking an internship with a named company,
  • has issued a letter confirming that the employment of a named individual with a named company does not require their approval (“zustimmungsfrei”)

will now only be accepted by our external service provider, Visametric. This streamlined procedure will ensure that most visas can be issued with ten days. An appointment in order to submit the application can be booked through Visametric’s website.

Visa applications for family members accompanying the named individual will also be accepted by Visametric.

All other types of visas require an application with the Embassy directly. Appointments may be made through our booking system. However, please do not arrange for an appointment at the Embassy if you already hold a letter as indicated above. We will not be able to process your application and you will have to rebook your appointment with Visametric.

CHANGES TO VISA REQUIREMENTS FOLLOWING BREXIT

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020.

As of 1 February 2020 a transition period is being applied while the EU and the UK negotiate future arrangements. The transition period is currently scheduled to end on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period the following rules on travel will continue to apply:

  • British citizens do not require visas for travel to Germany - neither for visits nor for any other purpose. Any residence permit required for a stay after the end of the transition period or eventual other arrangements can be applied for with the local immigration office in Germany.
  • Holders of British Residence Cards for EU/EEA family members do not require visas for travel to Germany provided that they accompany the Union citizen. This exemption does not apply to British Residence Cards under the EU settlement Scheme (“pre-/settled status”). Holders of these permits require a visa.
  • Non-EU/non-British family members of British nationals continue to benefit from the rights in the Free Movement Directive and its visa facilitations. They have the right to obtain a visa as an EU family member free of charge and as soon as possible on the basis of an accelerated procedure. However, these rights will no longer apply once the transition period has come to an end. Travelers holding a visa issued to a non-EU/non-British family member of a British national under Freedom of Movement rules and valid beyond the end of a transition phase should then be prepared to provide evidence at the point of entry into the European Union that that they fulfil all Schengen entry requirements, e.g. possession of a valid travel document (validity of no more than ten years and valid for three months after the intended departure from the Union), proof of accommodation, employment, sufficient means of subsistence, invitation letter or return ticket, documents proving the family member’s economic situation in the country of residence or the genuine intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa.
  • Non-EU/non-British pupils at British schools travelling in the context of a school excursion as members of a group of school pupils accompanied by a teacher from the school in question do not require visas but may travel on a List of Travelers issued by the British Council.
  • Holders of Convention Travel Documents for Refugees (1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, dark blue) and holders of Stateless Person’s Travel Documents (1954 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, red) issued by the United Kingdom do not require visas for travel to Germany. Holders of British Certificates of Travel (black) continue to require visas.
  • Non-EU/non-British staff of British companies providing so-called Van der Elst services in Germany will still be able to apply for a corresponding visa.
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