The fourth-largest economy in the world, Germany, is home to world-known corporate and companies, that have branches, partners and collaborators in other countries including third-world countries, who often have to travel to Germany for a business doing.
These people, as well as every other person who wishes to enter Germany with the sole purpose of doing business, and are not from a country under the visa-waiver program, have to obtain a Germany Business Visa.
A Germany Business visa is a short-stay Schengen visa, which permits its holder to enter and remain in Germany up to 90 days within 6 months unless it is not specified differently in the visa sticker.
It is issued to people who come to Germany to perform business making, attend meetings, sign contracts, etc.
Since a Germany Business Visa is a short-stay visa, your nationality is the main decisive factor whether you need to obtain this visa or not.
Currently, there are 62 countries under the visa-waiver program, the citizens of which do not need to be in possession of this document in order to enter Germany and the Schengen Area in general.
That is why you should ask yourself: Do I need a short-stay Germany visa? – before taking any action regarding your trip to Germany. If you realize that you do need the visa, then you should start your Germany visa application process, which requires gathering a few specific documents, and attending an interview at the German Embassy / Consulate near your hometown, or visa application centre if available.
The application process for a Germany business Schengen visa is pretty much the same as for every other German visa.
The earliest you can apply for a visa is six months prior to your trip and the latest, three weeks prior to the trip.
You should apply at the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country, following some specific steps, as listed and explained in this article.
There is a visa fee of 80 euros, which each applicant must pay in order for their visa application to be processed.
The fee can be paid in the local currency according to the exchanges rates approved by the embassy.
Please note the visa fees will not be reimbursed in case of the visa being rejected and the price is subject to change at any time.
In general, your visa application process takes 10 to 15 days to be processed, that is why you are asked to apply three weeks prior to your trip the latest.
There may be delays in the processing of your application if the embassy is receiving many applications at the time, or it may be delayed because of your specific situation.
The validity of a German Business Visa depends on the embassy that issued it. The embassy may issue you a business visa, which can be:
Single entry – that permits you to enter Germany only once and spend there the number of days stated in your visa, i.e. 10 days.
Multiple entries – which permits you to enter more than once in Germany in a given period i.e. 1 January till 1 May, with the sole condition that you do not overstay the number of permitted days i.e. 20 days. You may also get a multiple entry visa with a validity of one year or more. In these cases, you should take care to not violate the 90-days per 6 months rule, according to which whenever you wish to make a trip to Germany, you just have to look back and count whether you have stayed in the Schengen Area more than 90 days within the last 180 days.