Last Updated : Sep 4, 2023
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Non US citizens with a valid US residency can apply for a German tourist visa in the United States. There are a few ways to apply.
The traditional way to apply for a German visa is in-person at the nearest Germany consulate to your city of residence. You can use the German Consulate Finder to determine the right consulate for you.
US residents with a valid passport that obtained a Schengen visa in the past 5 years are eligible to mail-in their application to the respective German consulate without having to visit physically. This is a preferred option amongst frequent travelers because it avoids the stress and time required associated with an in-person appointment.
Germany Schengen Visa - Complete List of Requirements
Visa application form: You can use Atlas to do this for you, or fill it on Germany's visa portal.
A valid passport + 2 copies: Make sure it is not expiring within 6 months and has at least 2 blank pages.
A valid U.S. visa + 2 copies: with I-94/ I-797 + 1 photocopy. Valid visas include H1, F1, O1, J1, etc. or a Green Card. B1/B2 US visas are not accepted.
Photographs: 2 passport-sized photograph with a clear face, light background, and the face occupying about 80% of the photograph.
Draft hotel & flight reservations: Germany requires proof of draft reservations. Depending on the airline and class of travel, customers might have to present the travel tickets together with the confirmation e-mail and imprints of both the outward and return journey reservations.
Tour itinerary: mentioning places of visit.
Bank statements for the last three months: we suggest downloading them from your online banking app or going to a branch.
Copies of any previous Schengen visas.
Schengen travel insurance: coverage of at least EUR 30.000 to support medical emergency, repatriation due to medical reasons, or any other emergency handling during Germany visit.
Declaration of Accuracy form: fill it out, and sign.
Visa Fees: 80 EUR payable in money order. Most consulates only accept a USPS money order.
Proof of employment: indicating that you're permitted to go on leave for the duration of your trip.
Proof of address: State ID, Driver's license, or a copy of your lease.
If you're mailing in your application, your application needs to be notarized:
Notarized application form and US residence copy (Green Card or US visa).
Return Shipping label: you need to attach a return shipping label to your address in order for the German consulate to easily ship back your passport.
How to Check Visa Status for your Application
Its advisable to wait up to 4 weeks to get your visa back, and there is no system to track your application. If you've an imminent trip or an urgent reason, please contact the German consulate using this form.
For any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.