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Information leaflet on visas and applications at the German Embassy in Riga

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General information

Latvian citizens are citizens of the EU and therefore entitled to live, work and travel in Germany without special formalities. Visas or residence permits are not necessary any more. For a long stay period in Germany European Union citizens have to register at the competent registry office (Einwohnermeldeamt) in Germany.

Citizens of Non-EU-Countries, living with a valid permanent residence permit or a category „D“ visa in Latvia can travel to Germany for visiting/business purposes for 90 days within 6 months without applying for a German visa.

Foreign Citizens who hold one of the following Latvian residence permits:

  • Residence permit for family members of EU Member States’ nationals – card acc. to Art. 10 sec. 1 Directive 2004/38/EC: „Savienības pilsoņa ģimenes locekļa uzturēšanās atļauja“
  • „long-term resident – EC“ acc. to Council Directive 2003/109/EC: „Eiropas Savienības pastāvīgais iedzīvotājs“

and wish to stay in Germany for more than 90 days in 6 months and/or stay for the purpose of employment, do not need to apply for a visa in advance.

After entering Germany, Foreigners must immediately apply for a Residence Permit at the competent Aliens Authority in Germany.

Foreign students enrolled at a Latvian university who want to study at a German university for 360 days or less do not need a residence permit if they have a confirmation from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) stating their right of entry and residence for the purpose of studying within the framework of short-term mobility (Directive (EU) 2016/801). This document is issued upon request by the German university. Please contact your university for further Information.

In any other case an application for a residence permit has to be submitted prior to your entry to Germany.

Application forms

Application forms can be found on the Website of the German Embassy Riga. Please prepare the application, either in German or English, before visiting the Embassy.

Application

You can apply for your visa during the opening hours of the Consular Section of the Embassy, an appointment is not necessary. Applications must be submitted personally.

Application for minors:

For minors, both parents or guardians have to appear in person together at the Embassy with the minor child to submit and sign the application form. The application form must be signed by all persons entitled to custody.

Opening hours of the Legal and Consular Section of the Embassy

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday               8.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

Wednesday                                                        2 p.m. to 4 p.m         

Please see our Website for latest updates on our opening hours!

Fee

  • 75,00 € for adults
  • 37,50 € for minors

to be paid in cash or by credit card (Master Card / Visa) when submitting the application

If the application is rejected or withdrawn the fee cannot be refunded.

Exceptions

  • Spouses and children of EU citizens by presenting corresponding proof, if you travel together with or to the EU citizen in Germany
  • Foreigners who receive a scholarship from German public funds for their stay in Germany (e.g. DAAD, Erasmus)

are exempted from the fee.

Duration and process

The processing time of a visa application can take up to a few months. Please consider this while planning your stay and application.

The applications are sent to the competent Aliens Authority in Germany for comment.

Visas for the purpose of studying (not taking part in a language course) can usually be issued within 4 weeks.

As soon as a decision is made the applicant will be informed immediately by the Embassy.

If you have questions to your ongoing application, please always provide your case number, as this accelerates the processing.

Necessary documents

  • 2 fully filled in and signed application forms in either German or English
  • Valid passport
  • Valid residence permit for Latvia
  • 2 biometric passport photographs
  • Visa fee
  • Health insurance (for the duration of planned stay in Germany)
  • Further documents depending on the purpose of the stay

 ALL documents have to be presented in their original version together with TWO simple copies.                                              

Documents which are not in German or English have to be presented with certified translation by notary.

Please note that the Embassy might request the presentation of further documents in individual cases.

Employment

Taking up employment

  • Proof of your qualification (certificates, diplomas, certificate of equivalence from the professional training, degrees, etc.)
  • curriculum vitae
  • signed employment contract with the Employer or concrete job offer indicating following Information:

             - type of employment / professional title

             - duration of work

             - working place

             - salary

             - working hours

Taking up an employment for highly qualified person (Blue Card EU and highly qualified)

Detailed information can be seen on a further leaflet from our Website.

Self-employment activity

  • Proof of your qualification (certificates, diplomas, certificate of equivalence of your professional training, degrees, etc.)
  • curriculum vitae
  • business plan, i.e. a structured and detailed description of the business idea including capital requirements and capital budget, description of the company profile, marketing strategy and business forecast, if applicable indication of the expected number of created jobs and / or training positions and explanation about the positive effects in the area of innovation and research
  • proof of the capital budget

Job-Seeker Visa

Detailed information can be seen on a seperate leaflet from our Website.

Internship or Hospitation (related to your field of studies)

  • Proof of your qualification (certificates, diplomas, certificate of equivalence of your professional training, degrees, etc.)
  • curriculum vitae
  • signed internship contract with the employer in Germany or concrete internship offer indicating:

           - type of work

           - duration of work

           - working place

           - salary

  • Agreement from the Federal Employment Agency (Einvernehmen der Bundesantur für Arbeit) if your internship is after the forth semester (§15 Nr. 4 & 6 BeschV) and takes longer than 90 days within 12 months. Your Employer can find further information on the Website of the Federal Employment Agency
  • internship schedule, if not indicated in the contract
  • proof of financial means of at least 853,00 € per month, if no or not sufficient salary is paid

 You can present one of the following:

           - blocked account

            - formal obligation of the parents (or other persons) acc. to §§ 66-68 AufenthG. Please contact the Aliens Authorities (Ausländerbehörde) or the German representation competent for the place of residence of the parent (or the supporting Person)

  • letter of invitation from the envisaged employer with a declaration of obligation according to §§ 66-68 AufenthG

Study in Germany

Exchange students (Erasmus)

  • enrollment certificate from the Latvian University
  • registration certificate from German University
  • Proof of financial means

          - Scholarship confirmation (Agreement) and blocked account for the sum not covered by the scholarship up to 853,00 € per month

Study in Germany

  • enrollment certificate from the Latvian University
  • registration certificate from German University
  • Motivation letter
  • Proof of financial means

         - Sufficient financial means (at least 853,00 € per month) have to be proven for the first year of studying (10.236,00 €).

You can present one of the following:

         - scholarship

         - blocked account

         - formal obligation of the parents (or other persons) acc. to §§ 66-68 AufenthG. Please contact the Aliens Authorities (Ausländerbehörde) or the German representation competent for the place of residence of the parent (or the supporting Person)

Language course

  • registration of the language school indicating how many hours per week are scheduled (intensive course with at least 18 hours per week)
  • confirmation that the fee for the course has been paid
  • motivation letter including your plans after finishing the language course
  • Proof of financial means

          - Sufficient financial means (at least 853,00 € per month) for the planned stay. If you start your study afterwards you will need to proof financial means for the first year of studying (10.236,00 €).

You can present one of the following:

          - scholarship

          - blocked account

          - formal obligation of the parents (or other persons) acc. to §§ 66-68 AufenthG. Please contact the Aliens Authorities (Ausländerbehörde) or the German representation competent for the place of residence of the parent (or the supporting Person)

The processing time can take up several weeks.

Informationen concerning the opening of an blocked account

can be found the Website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Family reunion

Reunion to spouse or civil partner

German citizen
Citizen of other EU-Country

Citizen of a non-EU-Country

- proof of basic knowledge of the German language: certificate A1 (Start Deutsch 1)

 - copy of the spouse’s / partner’s German residence permit

- proof of sufficient financial means and living

- proof of basic knowledge of the German language: certificate A1 (Start Deutsch 1)

  • passport copy of spouse / civil partner living in Germany
  • marriage certificate or certificate of partnership
  • current registration document (Meldebescheinigung) of the spouse / civil partner living in Germany with civil status not older than 6 months
  • informal invitation

Reunion to other Family members

German citizen
Citizen of other EU-Country
Citizen of a non-EU-Country

 - proof in accordance with § 36 Abs. 2 S. 1 AufenthG to avoid extreme hardship

 - proof of grantig alimony

 - proof in accordance with § 36 Abs. 2 S. 1 AufenthG to avoid extreme hardship

  • passport copy of person living in
  • current registration document (Meldebescheinigung) of the family member living in Germany with civil status not older than 6 months
  • proof of ancestry between applicant and the family member living in Germany
  • if necessary additional documents in individual case

Visa for other purposes

Please request the list of necessary documents for visa applications for other purposes (family reunion to minors, au-pair, school attendance, voluntary service (FSJ) at the e-mail-address:
info@riga.diplo.de

Disclaimer

The content of this leaflet has been compiled with care and to the best of knowledge of the German embassy. However, the German embassy cannot assume any liability for the up-to-datedness’, completeness or accuracy of any of the provided information’s.





                                                                                                                


 



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