Germany is a top destination for Nigerians, especially students who love to go there to study. In this post, we shall be looking at the cost of Germany visa in Nigeria currently. Whether you are a student or not, if wish to travel to Germany, knowing exactly how much to pay for your Germany visa in Nigeria presently will help you plan your travel budget really well.
One of the first things you should note is that applications for Germany visas are processed Embassy of Germany in Nigeria, Abuja; and the Consulate-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos. Lagos is the busier of the two and everything about your Germany visa should be directed at the Consulate-General. The German Embassy issues visas but in rare or special cases.
If you wish to locate the Consulate-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, Nigeria, the address is given below:
15, Walter Carrington Crescent,
Telephone Number: +00234-1-280-9966
Also, the contact details and address of the Embassy of Germany in Abuja, Nigeria is stated below:
9, Lake Maracaibo Close,
Telephone Number(s): +00234-9-220-8010, +00234-9-220-8011, +00234-70-6410-8800, +00234-80-5880-8800
COST OF GERMANY VISA IN NIGERIA PRESENTLY
The cost of Germany visa in Nigeria presently is €60, the equivalent of N26,500 when you consider the current Euro to Naira exchange rate. Children who are below six years are exempted from paying the visa fee but children from six years and above are expected to pay a visa fee of €35. Long term visa fees for children under the age of 18 is €30.
If you have a German husband or wife or your parents are Germans, you will be exempted from paying the visa fee. Once your visa application has been processed, your passport, along with other important documents will be returned to you via courier service. You can as well opt to have your documents delivered to any location of your choice and the courier service will deliver it back to you.
You should note that the visa applicant is held responsible for their courier option and they are to notify the courier service to collect their parcel from the Consulate-General in Lagos, meaning that the Consulate-General does not take responsibility if any document is lost.
GERMANY VISA TYPES AVAILABLE TO NIGERIANS
Below are the different Germany visa types that are available to Nigerians. Knowing the category of visa that you are applying for matters as you will be disqualified for six months should you select the wrong visa category. Having said that, let us look at the different visa categories that Germany offers Nigerians.
SHORT TERM VISA
Covers short term visits to Germany for up to three months. You can apply for this if you want to visit family and friends or you are attending a business meeting. You can apply for long term visa is your stay will be extended beyond three months. Long term visas are applicable to individuals who want to join their family members for a longer period of time or those who are looking for jobs in Germany.
Students who intend to study in Germany can apply for this visa type. The requirements for applying for a student visa at the Consulate-General in lagos are:
- Letter of admission from your university/language school/Studienkolleg
- Opening confirmation for your blocked account/copy of Verpflichtungserklärung/scholarship confirmation
- Copy of your passport data page
Student visa for the German winter session can be booked through the e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org and not online. If you have less than six weeks to your enrolment date, you will not be able to book an appointment for your visa.
AU PAIR VISA
If you wish to travel to Germany as an Au-Pair or do voluntary work for one year, you can apply for this visa type.
This visa category is for those who intend to go take up employment opportunities in Germany.
GUIDELINES FOR GERMANY VISA APPLICATION FOR NIGERIANS
If you are booking online for your appointment, it takes just a few minutes. Carefully read the information and provide the right information so as to make sure that your appointment is not cancelled. Any applicant applying with family should do so separately.
Make sure not to miss your interview as failure to do so can make the Consulate-General to bar you from further bookings for a period of six months. Also note that your application may be rejected on the day of your interview if your documents are not complete, so make sure that every document you need is in place before your interview day.
Categories of people who dont need to apply for Germany visa include the following:
- Applicants for transit visas
- Applicants on official duty (applies to note verbale holders only)
- Applicants traveling for urgent medical treatment
- Experts participating in scientific/academic conferences (only if the capacity of the visa section permits)
- Regular travelers (applicants who have travelled to Schengen states, the United States, the United Kingdom or Canada at least three times within the last 24 months).
You can apply for an interview waiver if you have travelled within the last 24 months at least 3 times to the Schengen States with a Schengen visa or once with a one-year multiple entry visa issued by the Consulate-General and you have submitted a previous application at the Consulate-General on or after March 14, 2013.
You can book an appointment and submit your application by proxy, with a written letter of authorization from you, the applicant, which is required. If you go through the regular process of applying for your visa, you are expected to book online after completing your application form. You are also required to bring along your completed application form in addition to other important documents you may need, including a copy of every original.
Get to the visa office early because of the limit in number of applicants per day. If you come along with your completed application form, you will be admitted. If you will travel during the summer, book your appointment in time to avoid the rush.