Simplification of the application procedure for Schengen Visas

Visa application forms can be downloaded online, completed at the PC and the completed and printed form can be read by barcode electronically, when appearing personally at the German diplomatic mission.

Many German diplomatic missions also have electronic appointment systems to help manage the number of visitors and thereby to reduce waiting times for visa application.

Furthermore, the number of visas issued, that entitle the holder to multiple short stays in the Schengen area during a longer validity period, increases. So it is not necessary to submit visa applications repeatedly. This can be used by persons, who have to travel frequently for professional or private reason and have proven their reliability by using previous visa legally.

In the future, all German diplomatic missions take the applicant’s fingerprints electronically when receiving visa applications and thereby the applicant’s biometric data are recorded. If the fingerprints were taken once, personal appearance at the diplomatic mission for visa application is only required in exceptional cases. The biometric data has to be recorded again after five years.