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- 1. General Information
- 2. Visa regulations for Latvian non-citizens
- 3. Prepare your Visa Application
- 4. Book an appointment
- 5. Handing in your application
- 6. What happens during processing?
- 7. After the decision on your application
- 8. Have a good trip! Information for visa holders
- 9. Rejection of a visa application
- 10. Which information must the letter of remonstration contain?
- 11. Frequently asked questions about visas
1. General Information
Latvian citizens enjoy freedom of movement within the European Union. Visas or residence permits for Germany are not necessary anymore. For long-term stays in Germany, Latvian citizens need to register with the competent Registration Officeoffice (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 up to 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 according to Art. 10 sec. 1 Directive 2004/38/EC: „Savienības pilsoņa ģimenes locekļa uzturēšanās atļauja" (Republic of Latvia residence permit for family members of EU Member States‘ nationals – card)
- “Long-term resident – EC” according 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.
2. Visa regulations for Latvian non-citizens
3. Prepare your Visa Application
You should start preparing your application for a national visa as soon as you plan your long-term stay in Germany. In some cases, the procedure can take up to several months. Please prepare your application involving the following steps:
- Read the following leaflets carefully
If you wish to apply for a visa for other purposes (e.g. family reunion with minors, au-pair, school attendance, voluntary social year - FSJ), please inquire about the list of required documents for these visa applications via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more Information in Visa-Navigator
- Please compile your supporting documents in the order mentioned in the leaflet. If a document is missing, your visa application might be denied.
- Fill in the application form online. Print it out, sign it and bring it with you to your appointment. If you have technical problems, you can also fill out an application form by hand either in German or in English.
- You will need to schedule a visa appointment to hand in your visa application. You can book an appointment free of charge here. Please bring a printout of your booking confirmation to your appointment.
4. Book an appointment
Please arrange an appointment here.
Thank you for your understanding that no earlier appointments than the ones indicated in the appointment-scheduling calendar can be arranged (neither via e-mail nor by phone). We regularly activate new appointments and canceled appointments are being made available.
5. Handing in your application
When handing in your application, please attend your appointment at the German Embassy personally and be on time. During your appointment, we kindly ask you to submit all of your application documents, pay the fee and answer questions about your planned trip. Your fingerprints and photograph will also be taken on this occasion.
For minors, both parents or both legal guardians have to appear in person together with the minor child at the Embassy to submit and sign the application form. The application form must be signed by all persons entitled to custody.
6. What happens during processing?
The German Embassy will review your application and make a decision whether or not to grant you a visa. To this end, it will assess whether your application meets the legal requirements. Depending on the purpose of your trip, processing might take up to several months.
Please be aware that we can give you information on the status of your application only if you provide us with your application number. Enquiries can only be made by the applicant, his or her legal representative or another person authorized in writing by the applicant. Enquiries do not speed up the application process.
7. After the decision on your application
As soon as the Embassy has decided onyour visa application, we will contact you concerning the collection of your visa. Please bring your passport to this appointment.
8. Have a good trip! Information for visa holders
If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the visa sticker as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the period of validity and the number of days in which you can travel to Germany and during which you need to replace your long-term stay visa with a residence permit.
Immediately after entering Germany on your long-term stay visa, you have to report to the local authorities and register your personal data and residence.
Don’t forget to arrangean appointment with the local Aliens' Authority to have your long-term visa changed into a residence permit.
With your long-term visa, you can also travel to other Schengen countries.
Anyone who moves into a residence in Germany must register within two weeks of moving in. To register, you have to go to the registration authority of your municipality and present a valid passport and a certificate issued by the person providing the residence. Further information you can find here
9. Rejection of a visa application
If your visa application is denied, this can happen for various reasons. We will inform you about the reasons in the relevant letter of rejection.
For data protection reasons, we can only give you the reasons for the rejection in person and not to anybody else, e.g. the person who invited you.
Should you wish to object to the rejection, you could do so within one month after being informed of the negative decision, atthe respective diplomatic mission (the so-called remonstration). If another person is to remonstrate on your behalf, you must give him or her power of attorney. The remonstration must be made in writing, by fax or as a signed attachment to an e-mail. If the visa application is rejected again after a remonstration and after further reassessment by the diplomatic mission, we will inform you in writing of the reasons for the rejection in a detailed remonstration notification. You can file suit against the remonstration decision at the Berlin Administrative Court.
10. Which information must the letter of remonstration contain?
Please always include the processing number (the last 6 digits of the reference number given in the rejection notice) in your letter.
Please also provide all your contact details so that we can reach youfor any queries (telephone number including area code, mobile phone number, fax number, e-mail address and full postal address).
In your remonstration you can (again) explain the purpose for which you are applying for a visa and submit additional documents.
To avoid unnecessary extra work,
- please send your remonstration to the visa section only once
- please do not send any documents that you have already submitted when applying for a visa
- please wait for the call or letter from the diplomatic mission.
For the remonstration proceedings, you are free to use the help of lawyers or other persons, but it is not absolutely necessary.
You can submit a new application with complete, meaningful and verifiable documents at any time even after a rejection.
11. Frequently asked questions about visas
It is quite possible that your question has already been answered here. We therefore kindly ask you to study our FAQs closely before contacting the Embassy. Thank you!