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Due to the peak season, at some German Missions it currently takes an average time of 15 days to process your Schengen visa application. Please take this into account before filing your application. If your travel date is imminent or lies within two weeks of application date, please check if you can postpone your trip. In general, neither the German Mission nor the Service Provider can expedite the process. Requests for preferential treatment cannot be honoured.
29 January 2015: Important notice from Section of the German Embassy New Delhi in regard to transfer of Valid Visa from Old to New Passport:

Please be informed that as of now a traveler should not encounter any problems when entering Germany with a valid Schengen Visa in his old passport as long as he carries both - old and new passport - with him and as long as his stay in the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days within 6 months. However, the Embassy cannot provide any information about the acceptance of valid Schengen Visas in old passports by other Schengen states.

Please note that the German Embassy offers the following service for travelers holding a valid Schengen visa issued by the German Embassy in their old passport wishing to transfer it to their new passport for their next trip to Germany: A new Schengen Visa with the same expiration date as the current visa can be issued in the new passport free of cost. The traveler may come personally to the Embassy (Visa Gate) Mondays - Fridays between 9.00 and 11.00 with his old and new passport, a new Schengen Visa Application Form, two passport pictures, copies of all printed pages of the old and the new passport, and a print-out of this e-mail
08 December 2015: Non-acceptance of handwritten passports

As per Government of India, all Indian Citizens living in India and abroad are advised to urgently replace their handwritten passports with machine readable passports by 24 November 2015.

Indian Govt. has decided to phase out non MRZ passports and handwritten passports will not be considered valid travel document.

Please click here for more details.
07 November 2015: Change in the visa application submission process - Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS) on 02 November 2015

Changes in Schengen visa application process – India

Visa Information System
15 July 2014: 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.

Please fill the attached Courier Form
07 June 2013: Please be informed that w.e.f 10 June 2013, Monday, the travel agents are requested to fill the online form and bring the bar code sheet with the documents. The URL is:
  Important notice in regard to admission to the Visa Section and Passport Section of the German Embassy New Delhi:
Visitors of the Visa Section or Passport Section are not allowed to carry the following devices Any form of electronic device (e.g. notebook, mobile phone, and camera), dangerous objects (in particular knives and weapons), bags and luggage. All visitors are only allowed to carry the documents which are asked for and required by the German Embassy.
Please note that the German Embassy is not in a position to deposit the above mentioned objects.
The safeguarding of personal belongings outside the Embassy lies in the sole responsibility of each applicant