General Information on the National Visa (D category)

If you want to spend more than 90 consecutive days in Germany then you require a national visa. A national visa is the type of  visa for, inter alia, family reunification, studies or taking up employment.

The application is to be submitted in person at the visa section of the German Embassy in Nicosia.

Children and babies must appear in person regardless of their age. Fingerprints will be taken for persons aged 12 or over.

In order to submit a visa application to the visa section, please arrange an appointment in advance by contacting the Embassy by mail www.nikosia.diplo.de/visa .

From the age of 18 the application must be made by the applicant himself. In the case of minors both parents have to sign on their behalf.

The application forms are issued free of charge by the visa section and can also be downloaded from the website of the German Embassy www.nikosia.diplo.de/visa . You will also find more detailed information on the website.

Visa applications will only be accepted if the forms are fully completed and accompanied by all the necessary documents. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and thus another appointment will have to be arranged.

The fees are as follows:

Euro 60.00 for adults

Euro 30.00 for children age 0–17 years.

The fee has to be paid in cash in exact change.

A valid passport must be presented for the visa.  The passport has to have at least two blank pages, the validity date of which must exceed the visa’s validity for at least three months, and may not be older than 10 years at the expiry of the visa.

The required passport photos must be biometric, i.e. the photos must be no more than 6 months old and must measure 35 x 45 millimetres. A full front view of the visa applicant’s face must be depicted on the photo, with no covering of the head or eyes.

In order to obtain a visa you must present proof of health insurance. The insurance must cover the cost of repatriation in the case of illness or death as well as the costs for emergency medical care and/or emergency admission to hospital for the entire duration of the planned  stay and transit and must be valid in all Schengen countries. The minimum cover must be 30,000 Euros. If the insurance policy does not state the time at which the validity of the travel health insurance begins and ends, it is usually 12 noon. These days, only half covered by the insurance, do not count. Therefore, if you would like a visa from 8 March to 13 July you must present travel health insurance cover which is valid from 7 March at the latest to 14 July at the earliest. Should you wish to have a buffer at the end of your trip, the insurance should be valid a few days longer. The proof of travel health insurance must be presented in the form of the original policy (which will be returned) and a copy of thereof. A health insurance policy which only covers the retrospective refund of costs (following the return of the insurance policy holder to their country of origin) is not sufficient. The travel health insurance cover must not impose any service restrictions which means that the policy does not meet the minimum requirements outlined above, e.g. restrictions which take effect from a certain age (often at 65 years old). Should the visa application be denied, the cost of the travel health insurance cannot be refunded. All travel health insurance policies which comply with the conditions outlined above will be accepted.

When the application is submitted you will receive a white receipt. Please bring this with you every time you attend the visa section in person. If you subsequently submit additional documents by courier/post, please attach a copy of the white receipt.

As domestic authorities (foreigners authority, the Federal Employment Agency) are usually involved in the application procedure for national visas, the processing time can be long. In the case of family reunification, the verification procedure often lasts three months, thus the visa section only responds to visa status enquiries after three months. We kindly request your understanding in this matter.

Usually the only documents required for your application are those listed on the information sheets. Nevertheless, if it is considered necessary the visa section can request further documents. It should be expressly noted that even if all documents are presented there is not guarantee that a visa will be issued.

It should also be expressly noted that a visa does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the country; this decision ultimately lies with the relevant border authorities.

A national visa entitles the holder to move freely in the territory of other Schengen states for up to 90 days within a period of 180 days.