National visas are issued for long-term stays for a particular purpose. Usually issued for 90 days, such visas may be issued for up to a year in certain cases. After entering Germany, visa holders must apply for a residence permit as a general rule.
Preparing your application
You should start preparing your application as soon as you have plans to stay long term in Germany. The entire visa application process can take several months.
Please prepare your application as follows:
- Please fill out and print the visa application form and bring a copy of it to your appointment. Application form
- Please compile the documents you need to submit with your application. If documents or supporting documents are missing, your application may be rejected. We have prepared a checklist for each type of visa.
Checklist for Employment Visa
Checklist for Jobseeking Visa
Checklist for EU Blue Card Visa
Checklist for Aupair Visa
Checklist for Marriage Visa
Checklist for Family Reunion Visa (from Minor)
Checklist for Family Reunion Visa (to German Minor)
Checklist for Family Reunion Visa (to spouse)
Checklist for Researcher Visa
Checklist for Internship Visa
Checklist for Students Exchange Visa (School)
Checklist for National German Visa - Language Course
Checklist for National German Visa - Study at German universities
Checklist for National German Visa - Study application
- Please make an appointment to submit your application. online booking system
Please do not send the Visa Section any documents unless requested to do so, particularly not before you have applied for a visa. We are not able to store such documents and will not know to which application they belong. Please always bring the complete documentation with you to your appointment.
Submitting your application
In order to submit your application, please attend your appointment at the German Institute Taipei in person. Please hand in your complete documentation and pay the fee. The German Institute Taipei will ask you questions about your planned trip and take your photograph and fingerprints.
What happens during processing?
The German Institute Taipei will review your application. To this end, it will check whether your application meets the legal requirements. Depending on the purpose of your trip, the processing time of checking your application might be different. The German Institute Taipei will contact you as soon as it receive the result from foreigner authority in Germany. We hope you will understand that we are not able to answer any questions on the status of your application during this processing period.
Return of your passport
As soon as the German Institute Taipei has reached a decision on your application, it will send you your passport and visa via courier.
Exception: Passports to be send back to Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen will be send as registered post via regular postal service. Please provide a sufficiently stamped envelope with your application.
There are various reasons why your visa application may be rejected. The reasons will be stated in the letter notifying you that your application has been rejected.
You are welcome to submit a new application at any time with complete, informative and verifiable documentation.
Have a good trip! Information for visa holders
If all the information on your visa label is correct, you are free to travel. Please check the information on the label as soon as your passport is returned to you. You should let us know immediately if there are any mistakes so that we can issue you a new visa.
Your visa will state your full name and passport number and include your photo. It will also state the number of days you can stay and the period of validity, that is, the time by which you must have received your residence permit for Germany.
Therefore, please do not forget to register at the residents registration office shortly after you arrive in Germany and to make an appointment with the foreigners authority. Your entry visa will allow you to travel within the Schengen area.