Information about the visa

1. Citizens from the EU and Swzitzerland

Only a valid personal identity card is required.

2. Citizens/Legal Residents of Schengen Agreement Countries

These include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. For citizens/legal residents of those countries which are not EU members it is normally allowed to stay in any one to the other member countries for up to 3 months per half year without applying for a visa.

For stays of over 3 months a visa is required for all non EU citizens.

3. Citizens from all other countries

For stays of over 3 months a visa is required for all non EU citizens. Some nationalities may enter the country and then apply for a visa. For other nationalities it is necessary to apply for a visa before you enter Germany. Please seehttp://www.auswaertigesamt.de/diplo/en/WillkommeninD/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht.html

http://www.auswaertigesamt.de/diplo/en/WillkommeninD/EinreiseUndAufenthalt/StaatenlisteVisumpflicht.html for details.

Summary

Citizens of Andorra, Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Macao,  Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, Uruguay and Venezuela do not require a visa for a stay of up to 3 months per half year without applying for a visa. They are then not allowed to take up gainful employment or attend a language school.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, South Korea,San Marino, Switzerland and the United States of America do not require a visa to enter Germany. Without a visa, however, they may not stay longer than three months every half-year or take up gainful employment requiring a work permit. They may, if required, obtain a residence and/or work permit after entry.

Citizens of Honduras, Monaco, San Marino may obtain any residence permit required after entry, provided that they do not intend to enter into employment.

Citizens from all other countries have to apply for a visa before entering German even if the intended duration of stay is less than 3 months. (please see https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node).

The visa has to be applied for before departing the home country at the relevant Overseas representative of the German government. The agreement of the Aliens Office in Germany is required. The Aliens office responsible is the local department in the area where the student will be residing

The applicant should in general hand in the application form for the visa in person at the German embassy or general consulate in the region where he/she lives. To avoid time-consuming additional demands, travellers should seek information in time at the responsible German embassy or general consulate. For further information click on:

 www.auswaertiges-amt.de

4. Duration of the visa application

Normally it takes two to ten working days to get the visa for a short-term stay (as a tourist or visitor). A long-term visa (including the student visa and language school visa) could take 2 - 3 months to be accepted. So please apply for the visa in time!  

5. Types of Visa

5.1 Student Visa

The student  visa (with the aim of studying at a German university or college) normally has to be applied for before departing from the home country at the relevant office (consulate/embassy). This visa is normally also valid for the period before the start of the study during which the student takes language courses to prepare for university.

Such a visa has to be approved by the aliens office in Germany. Citizens from Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the United States of America and others, who can apply for the necessary visa after their arrival in Germany.

The applicant has to prove that he/she financially can afford the stay in Germany as he/she cannot occupy any public means. If the applicant cannot afford the stay in Germany with private mean, a host who lives in Germany can give an obligation stating that he/she will pay for all occurring costs including the costs for possible medical care measurements or have health insurance which is valid in Germany. The host can get this document ('Verpflichtungserklärung nach §§ 82 ff. AuslG') at the responsible aliens office at the place where the host lives in Germany.

The student visa always has to be applied for in advance at the responsible German embassy or general consulate.

5.2 Language school visa

The Language school visa (with the aim of learning the German Language) normally has to be applied for before departing from the home country at the relevant office (consulate/embassy)

Such a visa has to be approved by the aliens office in Germany. Citizens from the following countries are excepted: EU- and EWR countries, as well as Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America and others, who can apply for the necessary visa after their arrival in Germany.

Students who wish to attend a German course at Colón and who have to apply for a student visa must register for an intensive German course (Intensive Course 5x5 with 25 lessons per week) in order to get the student visa. After Colón has received the registration form and the down-payment (Please see terms of registration) we will send the official confirmation of registration to the participant. This document has to be shown at the German embassy as original.

The applicant has to prove that he/she financially can afford the stay in Germany as he/she cannot occupy any public means. If the applicant cannot afford the stay in Germany with private mean, a host who lives in Germany can give an obligation stating that he/she will pay for all occurring costs including the costs for possible medical care or have health insurance which is valid in Germany. The host can get this document ('Verpflichtungserklärung nach §§ 82 ff. AuslG') at the responsible aliens office at the place where the host lives in Germany.

The rules are different for different countries. Please check with your consulate for details.

The student visa always has to be applied for in advance at the responsible German embassy or general consulate.

5.3 Schengen Visa / Short Term Visa

This visa is granted for a period of 90 days and allows the holder to visit Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The visa does not allow the holder to obtain employment or visit a language school

Applicants must prove that they have adequate funds for the intended stay and may not claim any public funds in this connection. Should an applicant be unable to finance the journey and stay from his/her own funds, a host resident in Germany may pledge to cover all costs associated with the trip, including the cost of any medical treatment. Under sections 66 ff. of the Residence Act, such a pledge is normally to be made to the aliens authority in the host's place of residence in Germany. The host can get this document ('Verpflichtungserklärung nach §§ 82 ff. AuslG') at the responsible authorities for foreigners at the place where the host lives in Germany.

6. Health Insurance

Colón has a cooperation with a health insurance company which may NOT, in certain circumstances, be accepted for a longer term visa application (HanseMerkur Reiseversicherung AG, Zentralvertrieb Business, Neue Rabenstr. 28, 20354 Hamburg, Tel. 040-4119-2065, Fax 040-4119-3229, e-mail: reiseservice@hansemerkur.de ('Travel Care Pass'). Colón offers a collective and cheaper health-insurance of Hanse-Merkur Reiseversicherung AG.

For more detailed information please contact us!