The German government recently relaxed its short-term visa appointment policies for Indian nationals.

Key Points:

  • Indian nationals can now submit short-term Schengen visa applications and schedule appointments at any visa application center in India.
  • Previously, Indian nationals were required to submit their applications at the consular post closest to their permanent residence.
  • The policy change only applies for short-term visa appointments; Indian nationals are still required to book an appointment at the closest consular post to their permanent residence for national visa applications.
  • Authorities will process short-term Schengen visa applications approximately two weeks after the visa interview takes place.

BAL Analysis: German authorities relaxed their short-term visa appointment and submission policies for Indian nationals to streamline the appointment process and reduce processing time frames. Indian nationals should note that they are allowed to submit only applications for short-term work visas at any visa application center.

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