Going to Germany? Not only will this website help you find out whether or not you require a visa for Germany, but it will also guide you through the application process and allow you to download the relevant application forms free of charge. You can even fill in the forms electronically prior to printing them.
The German Missions in Saudi-Arabia have outsourced the application process for short-term visas (so called Schengen visas) to the external service provider VFS Global. Applicants can apply in one of the Visa Application Centers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar.
Our external service provider will support you during the application process. VFS Global is responsible for receiving your visa application, checking the completeness and acceptability of your application form and application documents, collecting biometric data, receiving the visa fee and other fees (service fee and optional fees) and returning your passport. The decision whether or not to issue a visa is taken by the German Missions, VFS Global is not involved in the decision.
Applications for long-term visas (residence permits) have to be submitted to the German Missions in Saudi-Arabia.
During peak season (May-August) you have to expect longer waiting periods for interview appointments as well as processing times of up to 2-3 weeks. Therefore, apply well ahead of your travel date. Applications are accepted 3 months prior to your departure.