Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata processes Germany Schengen Visa [short-stay visa] and Germany Residence Permit [long stay visa] applications.
Germany at a glance
Being a global leader in innovation, the economic might of Germany stems from its state-of-the-art educational set up, high moral values, and deeply-entrenched democratic norms.
If modern skyscrapers, tech-based infrastructure, and bustling nightlife streets entice you, visit Berlin, Munich, Hamburg or Frankfurt. If you are a guy who finds solace in nature, visit quaint old-fashioned villages, and medieval gothic structures located in high-alps or green pastures.
If you are a guy who lives for food, Germany has a whole variety to offer to range from Deftige Küche of Southern region to Spätzle of South-West Germany, from Bratwurst of Nürnberg to Currywurst of Berlin, and from Bratkartoffeln to Sauerbraten.
Its blue water beaches attract hundreds of thousands of wanderlusts from across the world. Likewise, the number of Indian backpackers visiting Germany is growing at a rapid pace, and for short-stay in Germany, one needs to apply for German Schengen Visa.
Jurisdiction of Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata
The jurisdiction of the German Consulate General Kolkata expands over the states of Karnataka and Kerala. Visa applications will only be accepted from applicants residing in these two states.
German Schengen Visa Application Process at Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata.
Step 1: Submit Biometric Data
Since 2015, all members of the Schengen Club have made it mandatory for the applicants to submit biometric data at the nearest VAC. The biometric data for the Schengen Visa application consists of a scan of all ten fingers and a clear face picture. It remains valid for five years and can be used as many times as the itinerant wants to.
Step 2: Book An Appointment
All German Diplomatic Missions in India including the Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata have partly outsourced Schengen Visa applications to VFS Global. Besides submitting applications at German Consulate Kolkata, every applicant has the facility of submitting application at the nearby Visa Application Centre (VAC).
Appointments will also be booked through VFS.
Step 3: Collect Visa Docs
After submitting visa docs, the applicant is required to collect the following visa docs:
Passport: While applying for German Schengen Visa, the applicant’s passport must have a validity of three months or 90 days after the intended date of departure from Germany.
Pictures: The German Schengen Visa application must be accompanied by two international-standard passport size pictures.
Flight Reservation for Visa Application: Attach a verifiable flight reservation with your German Schengen Visa application.
Verifiable Hotel Bookings for Visa Application: Attach a verifiable hotel booking document with the German Schengen Visa application. It serves as evidence that the itinerant has paid for or booked a hotel in the host nation.
Travel Health Insurance for Visa Application: Attach a travel health insurance document with your visa application. Before availing services from a company in this regard, make sure that:
It covers financial expenses of at least USD 45000 or EUR 50000 during the course of your stay in the Schengen Area.
It must be valid in the whole Schengen Area.
It must also cover the cost of repatriation.
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Means of subsistence for Germany: As per the European Commission, the applicant is bound to attest to the German Consulate or Embassy that he possesses daily cash equivalent to 45 EUR.
Cover Letter: It is a document that precisely explains the applicant’s key purpose of applying for a German Schengen Visa.
Step 4: Appear For Interview
After submitting the application, appear for the interview at the Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata. Reach the consulate minutes prior to the scheduled time of the interview.
Step 5: Collect Your Visa
Normally, the Consulate General of Germany in Kolkata takes up to 15 days to process the visa application. You can collect it by appearing in person or by post.