The German authorities have published current waiting times for
visa appointments at the various German missions around India.
Waiting times vary drastically depending on the mission and the
- Visa appointments for degree-level
students take between 48 hours (Chennai) and 6 months (New
- Visa appointments for employment
(with prior ZAV approval) take between 24 hours (Chennai VFS Global
Visa Application Centre) and six months (New Delhi);
- Visa appointments for family reunion
take between one week (Kolkata) and eight months (New Delhi);
- National (D) visa appointments take
between one week (Kolkata) and 30 weeks (New Delhi).
- Schengen visa appointments take
between 48 hours (New Delhi, Bengaluru or Kolkata) and three weeks
Germany has had high volumes of visa applications from India for
some time, but since 2018 the numbers have increased. Applicants at
missions in other Asian countries, as well as in Africa and the
Americas, may also experience long waiting times.
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