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Updated November 2022
For nationals of non-Schengen countries or nationals of countries not subject to the reciprocal agreement of visa liberalization, visiting Germany can be done through a variety of available visa categories. But while categories of German visas are readily available, issuance takes time and understandably leaves applicants wondering about the status of their German visa application.
If you’re looking for a way to track your Germany visa status following your application, this article discusses all the possible ways of doing so.
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Germany visa check online 2022
The easiest way to check the status of your Germany visa is to do so online. Simply visit VFS Global’s portal and follow the steps below:
First, you need to input your reference number, which you can find in your invoice after completing the application process. Next, input your last name and fill in the captcha. Provided everything is in order, you will be able to view your Germany visa status after clicking the ‘submit’ button.
Another method you can try is by writing an email to [email protected] and inquire about the status of your Germany visa application. Note that it usually takes 2 to 30 days to issue your Germany visa, depending on which country you are from and how busy the German embassy/consulate in your area is. Upon issuance, you will be notified by phone message or email.
Nationals allowed to enter Germany without a visa
Since Germany is a member of the EU and Schengen countries, all travellers who hold a passport from those countries are given unrestricted access to enter Germany. EFTA states are also given the same privilege. There are third-country nationals that are free from visa restrictions for up to 90 days, such as:
- The Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain
- Northern Ireland
- The United States of America
To extend their staying period, citizens from these countries can either apply for a residence permit or leave the country for a day and enter the country again.