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Visa application forms

For your visa application you need an application form. Fill out the form and submit it with the required documents to the competent German Embassy.

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Fees for visas and temporary and permanent residence permits

If you wish to apply for a visa or a temporary or permanent residence permit, you will usually have to pay a fee. The amount depends on the place, duration and purpose of your stay. 

The fee for visa of any category is 75 euros. As a general rule, you can pay this to the German mission abroad in your local currency.The maximum fee for a first application for a residence permit and EU Blue Card is 140 euros. The fee for a settlement permit is 260 euros.

However, under certain circumstances you can get a reduction or even be exempted from the fee altogether. For example, the spouses and children of German nationals are exempt from visa fees. Also, if your stay in Germany is funded by a public scholarship, you do not have to pay any visa fees. You can find out more about this from the German mission abroad in your country (visa fees) or your local foreign nationals' registration authority (fees for temporary or permanent residence permits). The Federal Foreign Office also provides a list of visa fees.

Information on the internet

Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

Important information about residence and settlement permits in Germany (German, English, Turkish)

Federal Foreign Office

Information about the Immigration Act (German, English)

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