Welcome to theGerman Embassy Colombo
Frequently asked questions:
What do I do if I need to change my appointment date?
What happens if I miss my appointment?
How long can I stay with my visitor/tourist/business visa in Germany and the Schengen states?
Can I use my German visa to travel to other countries in Europe?
Can I use a visa issued by another Schengen state to travel to Germany?
I want to travel to Germany/the Schengen area several times in the next few months. Can I apply for a visa with longer validity?
What do I do if my travel dates change?
Do I need a new visa if my passport became invalid although my visa is still valid?
What can I do to accelerate the visa process?
Can somebody else act on my behalf?
Can I bring my host or somebody else to the interview?
Shall I (or my sponsor) send any documents to the Embassy directly?
Can I have a receipt of the visa fee?
Where can my sponsor get the “Verpflichtungserklärung”?
Why has my application not been accepted?
Why has my Schengen Visa been refused?
What is the most common reason for refusal?
What can I do when my long-term national visa application has been rejected?
Can I take legal action against the decision of the Embassy?
When can I apply again?
Does my foreign spouse have to provide proof of German language skills before arriving in Germany?
Where can I learn German?
Which language certificate can I submit in order to prove my basic knowledge of German?
Can I talk to the Visa Officer?
Why should I use the services offered by VFS? Can I submit the Schengen visa application directly at the Embassy without VFS?