Going to Germany? This website will help you to find out whether or not you need a visa and will guide you through the application process. It also allows you to download  the relevant application forms free of charge and provides you with detailed information on the required documents you have to submit with your visa application.

Please note the following information regarding your proof of legal residence in the USA and re-entry document for the application for a visa to the Schengen States (European Commission Schengen Law):

Original of valid US alien registration card (residence permit aka. Green Card) or valid US residence visa (e.g. type A, E, F plus endorsed I-20 by competent authority, G: H; I; J; plus J1 documents, L, O, R) must be presented. The US residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the territory of the Schengen Member States.

Schengen Visa

Schengen-Karte

If you intend to travel to Germany for business or tourism purposes for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days, you have to apply for a Schengen visa. You also have to apply for a Schengen visa in case you need to obtain an airport transit visa.

Schengen Visa

Residence Visa

A residence visa has to be applied for if you intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days. If, for example, you want to work or study in Germany or if you intend to move to Germany with your spouse, you have to apply for this type of visa.

Residence Visa

The Visa Information System – VIS

VIS - Visa Information System

The Visa Information System (VIS) is an IT system that allows Schengen States to exchange visa data. The main purpose of the VIS is to simplify the visa issuance process, facilitate checks at external borders and to enhance security for everyone involved, including applicants.

The Visa Information System – VIS

Please Note: Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

Visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Ukrainian nationals as of June 11, 2017

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On May 11, 2017, the Council of the European Union has approved visa liberalization for the Ukraine. Starting June 11, 2017, Ukrainian nationals already holding a biometric passport can travel to the Schengen countries without a visa. You want to know what that means and how to travel to Europe without any problems?

Visa-free travel for Ukrainians

Consulate Finder

German Missions in the United States

Find out which German Mission can assist you by using our Consulate Finder.

Visa FAQ

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Did you have a look at our FAQs? You might find the answer to your question right there.

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