Frequently Asked Questions
It is not mandatory to appear for the interview for short term visa but Embassy may ask to appear for interview, if required.

The application for the long term visa is submitted directly at the German Embassy; however the appointment is given by VFS Helpline.

You will have to get the visa transferred on the new passport by going to the German Embassy directly with the travel Insurance and the Travel Itinerary.

Yes, you need a visa to travel to Germany, however you will not be charged the visa fee.

The passport holders of USA, Canada, and all EU-States do not need a visa to travel to Germany.

It takes about 10 -15working days after the submission .

No, you will have to check with the German Consulate in Mumbai.

The Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany has implemented a change in arrangement for the collection of passport(s) from VFS Visa Application Centre. With effect from 16 July 2014, third party collection of the documents or passports will not be permitted, except in the following cases:

Immediate Family Member ( i.e. Parents, Children, Siblings)
One member of a group collecting for the entire group
A person collecting on behalf of Govt. officials if authorized on the Govt. letter head or department
Representative of a company - Authorization letter on the letter head of the company and the official ID card

If any of the above comes for passport collection they need to carry the following documents
Photocopy of Govt. ID card
Original ICR
Authorization Letter from applicant
Applicants who do not wish to collect their documents in person and whose documents cannot be collected by one of the above should select delivery mode as courier at the time of submission.

The applicants are requested to mention the complete delivery address on the covering letter. In case no specific address is mentioned on the covering letter, the passport will be sent to the address mentioned on the Visa Application Form.

This procedural change is to ensure the safe and secure return of documents to applicants.