Germany is one of numerous Nigerian migrant’s destination and in this write up i will show you how to apply for their visa here in Nigeria and other details you need.
This post features the full procedures for a successful German visa application for Nigerians.
Whether you are applying for visitors, student, work and other visas offered by the immigration service, you will find this page very helpful.
For the average Nigerian, Germany is one of the many places he dreams of visiting.
The major reason for that is because the country has been friendly with Nigerians.
As a matter of fact, the country remains one of those countries that treat visitors with respect.
That is not to say that there has never been cases of Nigerians been abused or treated wrongly there.
There has. But the government of the country seriously fights against such.
Which is why the nation has been regarded as one of those places foreigners can visit, live and work in.
Why Germany Should Be Your Next Destination For Tourism & Work
Are you thinking of a country to visit for tourism purpose?
You should consider visiting this country. Apart from the fact that its people are welcoming, there are other reasons I greatly recommend this.
The first reason is that the country has plenty of tourist attractions which you will find very interesting to see.
For instance The Island Of Rugen, the country’s most beautiful and largest Baltic island. The landscape, flat farmland and hills covered with forest are all worth seeing.
Another thing you should check out if you happen to travel to the country is the King’s Lake.
The lake is located in Berchtesgadener Land, one of the most beautiful regions in the country. It’s very close to Salzburg.
You will also find the Sanssouci Park and Palace in Potsdam very interesting.
Now apart from all these tourist attractions, the German economy is one of the strongest economies in the world.
Due to the efforts of its government in creating jobs, the rate of unemployment in the country is quite low compared to what is obtainable several other countries.
The good thing is, the jobs are not only meant for the nationals. Even as a foreigner, you can easily get a job with a good pay in the country.
As long as you are not an illegal migrant and have all the necessary qualifications (academic qualifications and skills).
With the advancement of the country in technology, there is a continuous need for IT experts, software developers, computer hardware engineers and so on.
If your area of specialization is the medical field, you will also find it easy to land a good job in the country. Of course, the country also welcomes businessmen and entrepreneurs.
Types of Germany Visa in Nigeria & Their Fees
- Short Term Stays | Schengen Visa – 80 Euro
- Long Term Stays – 75 Euro
The following are the major type of visa offered by the German embassy in Nigeria and their costs.
Based on your reason for travelling to the country, you will have to choose the appropriate one from the list.
1.) Short Term Stays | Schengen Visa – 80 Euro
The Schengen visa is the entry permit offered by the German embassy all short term stays. If you are going to stay in the country for up to 90 days, this is the type of visa you need.
So whether you are travelling for medical, business, tourism and official purposes, this is the kind of German visa to apply for.
The same goes for those visiting a family member (wife, child, sibling or parent) in the country.
Regardless of your aim of entering into the country, as long as you will not stay more than 90 days there, this is the visa type you should apply for.
For adults, the Schengen visa costs 80 Euro. It was formerly 60 Euro until February 2, 2020 when it was increased to the current amount.
If you are travelling with a minor aged of up to 6 years old, you don’t have to pay anything to get a visa for them.
But if he is aged 6 to 12 years, you will be required to pay 40 Euro for his Schengen visa. The fee is payable in Nigerian Naira.
Remember that this visa expires in 90 days. Do not apply for this type I you intend to stay longer than that in the country.
2.) Long Term Stays – 75 Euro
The long term visa is meant for people who intend to stay in Germany for more than 90 days.
If you want to study, work, start a business and live in the country, this is the right kind of visa to apply for.
The visa allows you to stay and conduct your business in the country longer than 3 months.
Only apply for it if you are going there as a student, worker or businessman. For those of you that desires to get a job and live in the country, this is the right visa for you.
Presently, the German visa fee for long term stays is 75 Euro for adults while that of anyone under the age of 18 years is 37.50 Euro. The fee is payable in Nigerian Naira.
Requirements For German Visa Types
Whether you are applying for the short term stays or long term stays visa, the following are some of the things required of you before your application can be granted.
- Applicant is expected to own a valid Nigerian International Passport. The passport must have lasted for at least 3 months with you. A brand new passport may not be considered
- Applicants are required to present a statement showing they have a minimum of 3000 Euro in their account over the last six months. This is mandatory as the German government needs to be sure that you can adequately take care of yourself in case anything goes wrong with your plans. If you do not have up to this amount with you, the person you are visiting over there can present his on your behalf with an accompanying letter to the embassy
- Admission letter from a German university or those applying for a student visa
- A letter of employment for those applying for a workers visa
- Those travelling on official visits must also be ready to present a legal document from the government backing their claims. This includes Governors, Senators, Ministers, SSS, Military officers and other Federal Government representatives
- A certificate from a government recognised hospital in Nigeria showing you are medically fit. Unless you are travelling for health reasons
- Your academic qualifications must be verified and ready with you.
- The Procedure For The Visa Application
- Unlike that of other developed nations, the German visa application is done physically in their embassies in Nigeria.
- If you cannot submit your application in person for one reason or the other, you can be allowed to do that via a representative.
- This representative can be a family member or a lawyer.
- But before you are allowed to go with this third party option, you must have submitted your fingerprints at any German Embassy in Nigeria or anywhere in the world in the last five years.
- Due to the crowd that is usually found at the embassies, applicants are advised to book their appointments months before going there.
- This will increase your chances of being attended to that day. To avoid going back and forth.
- At the embassy, you will have to submit your biometrics along with the relevant documents.
- These documents must be complete. Ensure you have all of them ready before going there.
Where To Apply For A German Visa In Nigeria
Though there are two German embassies in Nigeria, visa applicants are advised to visit the German embassy in Lagos to start and submit their application. Do not forget this.
The only persons that are allowed to apply for the visa through the German embassy in Abuja are official workers in the government. For instance Ministers, Senators, Governors etc.
The other kind of persons that may be allowed to apply for the same via the Abuja embassy are those living in regions around the FCT.
This includes those in Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Kogi and so on. Others are advised to submit their application via the Lagos embassy.
German Embassies In Nigeria & Contact Details
Do you want to submit your German visa application today? Visit any of these locations to do that.
- The Consulate General of Germany in Lagos is located at No. 15 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island. You call them via phone with +23412809966.
- The office is open from 7am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.
- All the states within the Southern part of Nigeria are advised to submit their application here.
- The German embassy in Abuja is located at No.9 Lake Maracaibo Close, Off Amazon Street, Maitama, Abuja.
- You reach them via phone call on +2347064108800 or +2348058808800
- The office is also open from Monday to Friday, 7am to 2pm.
- This Abuja office is responsible for all application in the Northern part of Nigeria and for government officials.
For Nigerians with the dream of travelling to Germany someday, this guide explains how to get your visa in Nigeria and everything you need to know to make your journey successful.