New visa application process from Germany

#31 Nov 5th, 2011, 23:19
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Welcome to this forum! I hope you know what "Ferkel" means in German and not just in its zoological sense. Or is it used as a term of endearment in Baden-Württembeg?
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My experience in Munich

For future readers, here is the update on how it went for me...

I took the following along to Cox and Kings in Munich and applied at the counter:

1) my Meldebestätigung, which had to be from the last year, to prove residence.
2) two 5cmx5cm photos
3) my completed and printed online application form
4) my passport
5) the visa fee

I also paid the extra UPS fee as I have to travel to the US before the end of the month.

My application was made at about midday on Monday and the passport was waiting at work when I arrived on Wednesday morning.

The visa is a double entry, no 2 month gap required, 6 month visa that runs from the day I applied.
#33 Nov 9th, 2011, 15:49
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Hi Golghar!

Thanks for the welcome. Actually, I had the name Ferkel quite a while before I lived in Germany. Some people do raise an eyebrow - most just think it is funny. I always think of it being more like A. A. Milne's piglet but I guess many Germans don't... oh well!
#34 Jan 11th, 2012, 11:33
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I thought I'd post an update on things in Hamburg since we had to apply for another tourist visa for my fiancé last week. She is not a German national, but being from Romania is an EU national and so this may help some other foreigners in the region.

The consulate (and the IGCS representative) both point the applicant to the online form. After filling up the form, the following documents were submitted at the IGCS office:

1) One application form (printed out from the online form)
2) 2x Passport Photos (following the new 5cm x 5cm requirements); one pasted in the box and one submitted loose.
3) Copy of Passport (Reisepass)
4) Copy of National ID (Personalausweis)
5) Copy of Meldebestätigung
6) Copy of a letter from the Stadtamt confirming residence address
7) Copy of Freizügigkeit letter

When I called them I was told that since she is not a German national she would either need to submit a Meldebestätigung showing residence for greater than 2 years or she would need to fill up an additional form (available on their website) which would be forwarded to the Embassy/Consulate of her permanent home address for approval. In the latter case, the processing takes up to 2 weeks.

We were also told that if we are submitting the Meldebestätigung showing a residence of over 2 years, we need to make sure that the Meldebestätigung itself should have been issued within the last one year. This is quite a strange requirement since the Meldebestätigung is issued upon registration of the address, not every year! In any case, we went to the Stadamt and the helpful people there just wrote us a signed-dated-and-stamped letter confirming her residence address and stating the date of original registration here. During submission, this letter along with the Meldebestätigung seemed to be enough.

Since we were unable to take pictures in the 5 cm x 5 cm format before going for submission, the IGCS office was able to help. They have a booth there where you can take 4 copies for €8.

From submission to collection, the processing period turned out to be exactly one week. This was in the case of personal submission and collection.
Last edited by sehgalanuj; Jan 11th, 2012 at 11:36.. Reason: Make the availability of photo services at the Visa office more clear.
#35 Feb 17th, 2012, 15:43
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I'm from Chile and I got my visa in Hamburg too, I had no problem and within a week I received an E-mail to inform me that my Visa was ready, I haven't pick it up yet, but i hope everything is ok.

And with the Unterlagen, I submited my passport, a copy of my Meldebestätigung, 2 Pictures (I made it in the booth and I look awful ) and the application form. And I paid around 60€
#36 Aug 8th, 2012, 06:36
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Entry (X) Visa for Spouse

I have posted here previously to provide information regarding the application process for a Tourist Visa, for my then fiancé, from Hamburg. Since we got married this year, we decided to get her an X-visa so that the 2-month rule doesn't trouble us anymore.

Before I get into the details, let me just mention that my wife is a Romanian national and to avoid bureaucratic procedures we got married in Denmark (rather than India, Romania or Germany). We both have been living in Germany for a few years now.

The marriage certificate issued in Denmark is in 5 languages (Danish, English, German, French and Spanish). We went to the local Stadamt to change our marital status based on the marriage certificate. From there we also got an Aufenthaltsbescheinigung confirming our current address and that we were both married.

The German authorities accept Danish civil status documents without any special legalization, but the Indian authorities require these to be legalized. So, we had our marriage certificate Apostilled in Copenhagen.

We went to the IGCS Hamburg office with the following documents:

(1) Her original passport (Reisepass).
(2) My original passport (Indien Reisepass).
(3) One application form (printed out from the online form).
(4) 2x Passport Photos (following the new 5cm x 5cm requirements); one pasted in the box and one submitted loose.
(5) Copy of her Meldebestätigung (must prove residence in Germany of more than 1 year; must show same address for both spouses).
(6) Copy of my Meldebestätigung (must show same address for both spouses).
(7) Copy of her Aufenthaltsbescheinigung (must show marital status of both spouses; must show same address for both spouses).
(8) Copy of my Aufenthaltsbescheinigung (must show marital status of both spouses; must show same address for both spouses).
(9) Copy of Marriage Certificate with Apostille (no apostille = no visa).

The consulate requires that the Meldebestätigung have been issued only within the last 6 months, but since this was issued only during original registration of the address it is important to submit a recent Aufenthaltsbescheinigung.

From submission to collection, the processing period turned out to be four days (not including Saturday and Sunday). This was in the case of personal submission and collection. The fees for a 6 month application was about €115 and for 1 year it would've been €170.

If the non-Indian spouse has not lived in Germany for more than 1 year, or it cannot be proved via a Meldebestätigung/Aufenthaltsbescheinigung, then the processing time is longer.

Edit: The visa issued does not have a stamp on it, only a signature. As per some sources online [1][2][3][4] it appears that the Embassy in Berlin and consulates in Hamburg and Munich are no longer stamping visas. I have no idea what kind of delays this may cause when entering India.
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Long, and contains mouthful of words Congrats !!! File for a PIO and not bother for next 15 years!!!
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Long, and contains mouthful of words Congrats !!! File for a PIO and not bother for next 15 years!!!
Thanks nycank! We just got married about a month ago, so no PIO just yet. But next year, we will surely apply for one.

As for the wordiness, I thought about cutting out a bunch of things, but then decided to leave them since they offer details into the case. This might be helpful to someone eventually.
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Those German words are a mouthful.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Those German words are a mouthful.
I used to feel the same till a few years ago. But they're starting to get better. It really helps if you can identify the point where you can split them into multiple words. E.g. Aufenthaltsbescheinigung can be split into Aufenthalts (meaning stay/residence) and the second half Scheinigung. Schein is a note/certificate/ticket and by extension Bescheinigung becomes a certificate.

Ok, I think going into a German lesson (from a non-fluent German speaker) is completely off-topic here.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post Those German words are a mouthful.
Wait till someone posts Finnish words, they're much better
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Originally Posted by Devika2010 View Post Hi all,

We just got our visas via Cox & kings in Berlin last week. Its not that you need to be a registered resident, what you need ( as a non german ) is an " anmeldebestätigung " ( Basically, when you move somewhere in Germany, you need to register that you are living at address X ) Without this, the embassy will refuse your application. You have to be registered at an address and don´t neccessarily need to be a resident of Germany ( A fine line but important difference )

The process took 24 hours - delivered the passports etc on Tuesday and picked them up wednesday afternoon
Wow!, only 24 hours. That is impressive. Is the Cox and King service always this fast? That is reassuring, because we are experiencing some delays with getting my daughters passport and I am a bit worried about how long the consulate will take to give us the visas after we finally get the passport. Life is complicated here in Germany, for mixed couples with children...

I am an Irish expat, living in Munich, Germany. I had no problems with the Indian consulate, when I applied for an Indian tourist visa around 4 years ago, apart from how difficult it was to get through to somebody when phoning the embassy.

Does everybody apply for the visa through Cox and King now, or is the consulate still doing it? Does it cost extra to use Cox and King?
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Originally Posted by Mell View Post Does everybody apply for the visa through Cox and King now, or is the consulate still doing it?
Depends on where you are.

http://www.indianembassy.de/vs_jurisdiction.php


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Originally Posted by Mell View Post Does it cost extra to use Cox and King?
http://www.indianembassy.de/visa_fess.php

http://www.in.de.coxandkings.com/berlin/visa_fees.html

http://www.igcsvisa.de/igcs_english/...ist%20Visa.pdf
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Originally Posted by federica View Post According to the website they still have a counter service (you have to bring your printed online-application), but now they say they need 72 hours processing time (holidays excluded). That means you can't go in the morning and pick it up in the evening any more

When I try to open the online application website Firefox tells me that their security certificate is not valid..
So, I can print out their online form after filling it in, and bring it to their counter, and then come back a few days later to collect the visa?
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Originally Posted by DrRudi View Post Depends on where you are.
I am in Munich. I just read a bunch of the posts above. There is a guy from the UK who applied for the visa in Munich too. It seems to have gone really well for him, so I am going to do the same as he did.
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