Germany Visa Fee in Nigeria and How to Make Payment
Nigeria is known to have citizens that love to travel all over the world. As a matter of fact Nigeria is the black nation with the highest number of immigrants in other countries. This should not be a surprising statistic considering the fact Nigeria is currently the most populous African nation. Most Nigerians will rather travel out if they have the means to than stay in the country. There are a million and one reasons for this but standing out among these is the desire for a better life.
One of the countries Nigerians love to visit is Germany. Germany is one of the biggest countries in Europe and is regarded as a major world voice in politics and economics among other sectors. Located in Western Europe, Germany is home to some of the greatest inventors ever to grace the earth. The country is recognized for pioneering several technological advancements and health breakthroughs. Little wonder why she is a choice location for people from all nations.
There are several motives for seeking entry through the borders of this prestigious country. Topping the list are education, health, work, tourism, research, conferences, etc. To get into any country, especially as an immigrant or visitor, you will need to follow due process. Germany is no different, as a matter of fact Germany is known to be very strict with immigration laws. This means that for your visa application to be considered at all an individual must follow the laid down instructions to the letter.
A lot of people have no idea what a visa is in the first place so permit me to give a brief definition of a visa at this point. In layman terms, a visa is a stamp on an individual’s international passport granting him/her entry and stay within the foreign country for a stipulated period. Usually the individual applying for the visa is a national of another country and the application is usually made and granted at the embassy of the foreign country in the home nation of the applicant.
As it is common with most nations the visa is of different types and the purpose and duration of stay within the country will determine what kind of visa will be issued. Visas are broadly categorized into two and they are:
- Short term visa also known as visitor’s visa
- Long term visa
A couple of countries in the European Union signed a pact that allows them to issue a certain kind of visa allowing individuals to travel to their countries. This visa is known as Schengen visa and the pact signed is known as the Schengen agreement. Examples of the countries that issue the Schengen visa include Germany, Italy, Denmark, Lithuania, Netherlands, France, etc.
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The different visas in more detail
Before we can state how much to pay for each visa, we must be able to describe each visa in some detail. This will give you insight to what visa to apply for to suit your purposes. The visas are explained briefly below:
- Short term visas/visitor’s visa. Just as the name implies, short term visa refers to a visa issued to an individual for stay within the country for less than 90 days in 6 months. This period could also be translated to a stretch of 3 months at a go. This means that the individual cannot stay beyond 3 months in Germany if issued the short term visa. To extend stay in the country the individual will have to apply for a Schengen visa that can keep him/her a further 6 months before another application. Several motives could be behind an individual applying for a short term visa, these reasons are attached to the visas applied for. Some of the different visas applied for under this category include:
- Student’s visa
- Visitor’s visa (for individuals visiting family or friends)
- AU Pair/Voluntary work visa
- Work visa
- Health visa
- Tourist visa
- Research/Conference visa
- Long term visas. The name is self-explanatory. This is the direct opposite of short term visas long term visas are issued to individuals who plan to stay beyond 90 days within the Germany. Usually this is not issued to just any individual, specific terms and conditions must have been satisfied. Just like short term visa, there are several reasons why people may apply for a long term visa. The same kinds of visas stated above also apply to long term visas, only that they are issued for longer periods.
My guess is that at this point you are itching to know how much it costs for each of these visas. That is exactly what we will be discussing next, how much each visa costs and how to go about your application.
How Much is Germany Visa Fee in Nigeria?
As stated earlier there are two broad categories of visas. Both visas do not cost the same price. This section will deal with how much each visa costs and how the payment is to be made.
Below are the costs for the different classes of visas that can be issued by the German Embassy in Nigeria:
- Short term visas are issued at a fee of 60 euros payable in Nigerian naira.
- Schengen visa which is issued after the individual has exhausted the short term visa is issued at a fee of 60 euros payable in Nigerian Naira.
- Long term visas are issued at a fee of 75 euro payable in Nigerian naira.
- Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are required to pay an equivalent amount of 35 euros in Nigerian naira for a short term or Schengen visa. However all children below the age of 18 are required to pay an equivalent amount of 37.5 euros if they are applying for a long term visa.
- Individuals applying for a work visa in Germany are to pay an equivalent of 75 euros in Nigerian naira as the jobs are usually on a long term basis.
- Students applying for a study visa are required to pay an equivalent of 75 euros in Nigerian naira if the study period is longer than 90 days. This also applies to researchers, lecturers on sabbatical and professionals attending conferences in Germany.
- Individuals applying for work as AU Pair or for voluntary work are required to pay a fee equivalent to 75 euros in Nigerian naira. This is because the work period usually gets up to a year.
- Individuals applying for family reunion visa so that they can be permanently reunited with their family members in Germany are required to pay a fee equivalent to 75 euros in Nigerian naira.
Mode of payment for German Visas in Nigeria
Just like every other visa application protocol, visa fees have standard procedures which must be followed to the letter. Failure to do this might mean forfeiture of funds and rejection of the visa application. To make a payment of visa fees the individual is required to visit the German Embassy with the specified amount for the visa to be applied for. The money is to be paid in cash at the time of submission of the visa application. The only other mode of payment is at the bank. The bank must be one specified by the German Embassy and the receipt from the bank must be duly stamped, appended and scanned.
Exemptions from visa application fees
This should not surprise you, there are certain individuals that are exempted from payment of visa fees by the German Embassy. They include the following:
- Children under the age of 6 are exempt from payment of Short term and Schengen visa fees.
- Minor children of German nationals are exempt from paying any visa fees at all.
- Spouses of German nationals are exempt from visa payments in all categories.
- Parents of German minor children are exempt from paying visa fees in any class at all.
- Based on certain conditions, other individuals may also have their visa fees waived or discounted. All of this will effected by the discretion of the visa officer on submission of the visa application.
A few tips on submitting your German visa application and fixing a visa appointment
- You should only submit an application for visa to the German embassy if you are sure that Germany is your main destination.
- You are required to state clearly why you plan on visiting Germany. You must be as transparent as possible as any shadiness could result in the application being declined.
- You are required to book your visa appointment online. This is done by filling relevant forms online and submitting scanned copies of the required documents.
- Presently it is required that all individuals traveling to Germany as their main destination are to submit their visa application at the office of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos. Previously applications could be submitted in both Lagos and Abuja. The application must be made in person.
- Regardless of how many people are traveling together, each application must be dropped in person, even for children.
- Only complete visa applications are accepted and considered. Anything short of this will be rejected on the day of the visa appointment or even on submission on the online platform.
- Please note that all documents are required to be presented in person at the visa interview. Documents sent before the visa appointment or after will not be considered. No one is exempted from submitting complete documents, even those who pay regular visits to Schengen States.
- The German summer months usually have a high demand for visas so it is advised that applicants book appointments in advance to avoid inconveniences or delays.
- Visa appointments are to be booked within 90 days or 3 months of an individual’s trip to Germany. Any appointment exceeding this period will not be considered or honored.
- Only those who have book visa appointments are allowed entry to the Consulate General’s office and this must be on the day of the interview.
Waivers for visa interviews
There are certain individuals that can be granted an interview waiver by the German Embassy in Nigeria. These individuals include:
- Individuals who have traveled to Schengen countries at least 3 times in the last 24 months using a Schengen visa preceding the application.
- Individuals who have traveled to Germany once with a one-year multiple entry visa granted by the Consulate General.
- Individuals who have submitted a visa application to the Consulate General at least once since 14.03.2013.
They are offered an interview waiver based on the condition that they book a visa application appointment. They are however not required to submit the application in person, the application can be submitted by a third party. The third party must however present a letter of authorization duly appended by the applicant. Please note that merchants of used goods, cars and car spare parts are not eligible for this interview waiver.
Addresses of the German Embassies in Nigeria
German Embassy Abuja,
No. 9 lake Maracaibo Close,
German Embassy Lagos,
No 15 Walter Carrington Crescent,
+234 1 280 9966
I trust that this article has been helpful to you. Good luck with your visa application.
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