Germany : Reduces Temporary Visa Processing Time to 8 Weeks

Visa Processing Time Reduced in Germany

Germany : The processing duration for German Schengen visas has been condensed to eight weeks, as stated by Georg Enzweiler, Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy.

Enzweiler mentioned that visa processing is a crucial matter, and efforts are being made to improve application timelines. However, he acknowledged that despite the desire for an immediate change, bureaucratic procedures do slow down the process.

The embassy has taken steps to address this by significantly augmenting their staff in Mumbai, resulting in a considerable reduction in waiting times. In April, the German embassy had issued guidance indicating that due to a notable upsurge in demand for Schengen visas, there were extended waiting periods for appointment scheduling and visa processing.

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Travelers planning a visit to Germany were advised to schedule appointments with the external service provider VFS well in advance. A Schengen visa is a type of short-term visa that permits individuals to visit any of the 27 countries within the European Schengen Area for a duration of up to 90 days, typically for tourism or business-related reasons.

Fresh statistics from the German National Tourist Board reveal that in the year 2022, Indian tourists’ remarkable growth of over 200 percent in comparison to the preceding year. However, it is important to note that this figure only amounted to 65 percent of the levels seen before the pandemic outbreak.

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