Applying For A Germany Visa
Germany is Europe’s largest economy and it is the second most populous nation in the European Union. It is a key member of the European Union and contributes significantly to the continent’s economy, and political and defense organizations.
After the end of the Cold War in 1990, the western Federal Republic of Germany and eastern German Democratic Republic united to bring about the formation of Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Federal Republic of Germany).
The country is steeped in history and is a must-see place in Europe. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the country. However, other foreigners (non-EU nationals and non-European Economic Area nationals) need a visa for staying in the country. Nationals from countries for which the EU has abolished visa requirement also do not need a visa to stay in the country for stays of 3 months or less.
US nationals can enter Germany for work without applying for work visa. They can apply for residence permit after entering the country.
Under the German law, the responsibility of issuing visa lies with the Embassy and consulates. The Federal Foreign Office is not involved in the visa giving procedure. Visa fee for a staying in Germany for more than 3 months is 30 euros. However, if a person wants, he can also apply for Hybrid Visa where he can stay in the country for 90 days but can also travel to another Schengen country during that time. This visa costs 60 euros.
It takes 2 to 10 working days for an Embassy or consulate to process the visa application for a short stay. However, a long-stay visa can take several months to process. The applicant must submit the visa application along with all the required documents in person to the German Embassy or Consulate. Visa application forms are available from the embassy or consulate free of charge. If you have access to Internet, you can download the application form even from the Embassy website.
A visit visa for Germany is bound by European Community law and German aliens’ law. Usually a visa is granted if the person does not pose a threat to the country and the applicant has to prove that he has sufficient funds to cover the entire visit to the country. If the applicant is not able to fund his or her stay, then a host resident in Germany has to pledge to cover all costs connected with the trip including medical costs. This pledge is made with the relevant authorities in Germany where the host is residing.