Germany is a beautiful country to visit.
For visiting Germany, a visitor needs a Schengen Visa.
A Schengen visa entitles the holder to an accumulated stay of up to 90 days within a period of six months and is valid for Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Leichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland (i.e. Schengen Area).
For applying for a Visitor's Schengen Visa to Germany from India, the following link provides latest details:
In general, the following steps can be taken as a guideline to approach the process:
Step 1: Getting a Verpflichtungserklärung letter from Bürgeramt
For inviting someone, a document (invitation letter) is to be issued by the respective Buergeramt. To get the same, the following information is required:
With this, visit the nearest Buergeramt and get the "Verpflichtungserklärug" issued. The same needs to be sent to the invited person in Original and needs to be attached with the overall list of required documents listed in step 2 below.
Step 2: Checklist for Tourist Visa
Refer to link below and make sure that the required documents are available.
Step 3: Fill Application Form
Schengen applicants in Mumbai are kindly requested to fill in the online application forms according to VIDEX format, which can be found above. Please *ensure* that a *high quality printout of the barcode* is submitted with the application.
Step 4: Sign Declarations
Step 5: Schedule an Appointment
An appointment can be scheduled using link: http://www.vfs-germany.co.in
Addresses of the Visa Application Centers can be found at: http://www.india.diplo.de/Vertretung/indien/en/06__Consu__Visa/visa__new/VAC/VAC-addresses.html
NOTE: Alternatively, you may also submit your visa application, after scheduling an apppointment, to the German Mission of your local jurisdiction.
Step 6: Submit the documents
At the appointment, submit all the documents with passport along with the required fees. The Visa Application centre will check the file and will guide further on the expected timeline for getting the Visa.
Step 7: Pickup of the Passport
You can opt to pickup the passport in person from the Visa Application Centre or get it delivered to your address. The final verdict on the Visa application is then handed over to you.