Germany Business Visa - Document Requirements from India

Germany Business Visa

If you want to visit Germany for business purposes, then you will need to apply for a business visa. With this visa a businessman can visit Germany for business purposes such as corporate meetings, employment or partnership meetings.

Visa requirements

You will have to apply for a short-stay visa which allows you to stay in Germany for 90 days. The short-stay visa is also known as the Schengen visa. This visa is valid in all the European countries which are part of the Schengen agreement.

Germany Business Visa Checklist:

To apply for a Germany Business Visa, you need the following documentation:

  • Valid passport with at least three months validity
  • 2 passport size photos
  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of having financial resources to pay for your return trip and stay in Germany
  • Travel insurance policy with a value of 30,000 pounds
  • Covering letter from your company in case you are travelling to Germany on behalf of their business
  • Invitation letter from the company you will be visiting with details of their address and dates of your visit
  • A certificate from your employer giving permission for your business travel and a Power of attorney from your company giving you full authority
  • Proof of previous trade relations between the two companies
  • Bank statement of the company for the last 3 months
  • Income tax returns of last three years
  • Company must give declaration for coverage of expenses on the letter or invitation
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of civil status

You can apply for a visa up to three weeks before your trip and up to six months before your vacation.

Your application should be sent to the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Validity and processing time:

You can stay for a maximum period of 90 days in Germany or any other country in the Schengen region with the business visa. It will take 10 to 15 days for your visa application to be processed, so apply at least three weeks before your trip. Your application may be postponed or delayed owing to your specific scenario if the embassy receives a high number of applications at the same time.

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Do I need a visa to go to Germany for business purposes?

Depends upon your nationality. Not everyone will require a visa for entering Germany for the purposes of business. Indian nationals will need a visa to go to Germany on business.

Which visa will I need to go to Germany on business?

For going to Germany for business purposes – like attending business meetings, participating in related conferences, or simply doing business abroad – you will have to get a Schengen short-stay visa [Type C] for ‘Business’. Do keep in mind that as Schengen short-stay visas are issued for different purposes, you will have to specify the reason for travel as ‘Business’.

What is the validity of a German business visa?

A German Business Visa’s validity is determined by the embassy that issued it. The embassy can grant you a business visa with either of the following validity

Single entry –allows you to visit Germany only once and stay for the duration of your visa, which is usually 10 days.

Multiple entries – allows you to visit Germany more than once in a specified time, i.e., from January to May, with the requirement that you do not exceed the maximum number of days allowed, i.e., 20 days

How many times can I use my Germany business visa?

A Schengen short-stay visa can be used for 1, 2, or multiple entries in the Schengen Area. For this, you will have to check the “Number of Entries” on your visa sticker. You can either enter Germany once and stay for 90 days at a time, or enter Germany 2-3 times without breaking the “90 days within 180 days” rule attached to your visa.

What is the cost of a German business visa?

As in May 2020, the cost for a German business visa is EUR 80.

What is the processing time for German business visa?

Your visa application will take 10 to 15 days to process, which is why you should apply at least three weeks before your travel. If the embassy is receiving a large number of applications at the same time, your application may be postponed, or it may be delayed due to your unique circumstance.

What is the earliest that I can apply for German business visa?

You may apply for a visa as late as three weeks before your trip.

You should send your application to the German Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.

What is the latest that I can apply for a German business visa?

The latest that you can apply for a business visa for Germany is 15 days before you travel.

Is it true that German business visas get priority processing?

One of the perks of applying for a Schengen visa for Business is that you can get a quicker appointment even in the peak season for visa applications when there might be many people applying.

Can I extend my Business visa for Germany?

If you intend to stay in Germany for longer than your visa allows, you must submit an application along with a few visa extension paperwork. The procedure is

straightforward and quick. You may be subjected to a brief interview on the reasons for your application for a short-stay visa extension, during which you must persuade the interviewer that you require a Schengen visa renewal.

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