Visa processing times

The information given here is based on experience and not binding commitments. If and when a visa is issued is at the sole discretion of the Indian Consulate General.

German nationals:
The duration of the visa processing has been approximately three consulate working days since 18 July 2011 with personal application and approx. Two to three weeks for postal application.

Sri Lankan nationals or alumni:
The duration of the visa processing has been at least five consulate working days since 18 July 2011 in the case of a personal application and three to four weeks in the case of a postal application.

Afghan nationals or alumni:
Decision of the Consulate General

Pakistani or Chinese national or alumni:
The duration of visa processing is at least 50 days.

Nigerian, Somali, Iranian, Iraqi and Bangladeshi nationals or alumni:
The duration of the visa processing has been at least 14 consulate working days since 18 July 2011, and at least four weeks in the case of a postal application.

Nationals of other states:
Provided proof of residence of min. 12 months (24 months for work and business visas) can be provided, the duration of the visa processing since 18 July 2011 with personal application up to two weeks and postal application for up to three weeks.

If the proof of residence of at least 12 months (24 months for work and business visas) can not be provided, the processing is extended to at least 5 working days. –

General Information:
1. The issuing of a visa is at the sole discretion of the Indian Consulate General. IGCS does not guarantee the applicant a visa.

2. The decision of the Indian Consulate General is not subject to judicial review by a German court. IGCS only checks the completeness of the application. As soon as the submitted documents are complete, they will be forwarded by us to the Indian Consulate General on the same or the following day.

3. If the corresponding applications are incomplete, further processing can not take place. We will then inform you promptly about the missing documents. Please note that we strongly advise against booking a flight or flight before issuing a visa. As soon as we receive your request from the Indian Consulate General, we will send you back your documents immediately or personally hand them over to you during our opening hours.

4. Express visas are issued only in case of medical emergencies or fatalities, which must be evidenced by a medical letter. The statement: „I have booked a flight for lunch today and now need a visa.“ is not a sufficient reason for an express visa.

5. The time information given here results from the empirical values ​​obtained so far. These are not binding commitments.

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