National Visa

11.12.2019 - Article

For long term visits longer than 90 days

Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa
Pässe mit verschiedenen Visa © Colourbox

Ethiopian and Djiboutian passport holders require a national visa (residence permit) for the following purposes:

- Family reunion
- Spouses reunion
- Join your spouse or parent who is recognized in Germany as refugee or asylum seeker
- Join your Fiancé/e
- Studies at a University
- Work Permit
- Blue Card
The processing time of the Visa application depends on the necessary examinations and the involvement of additional authorities.

The National Visa is the entry visa for a long term visit for specific reason. Generally, it is issued for 90 days, under certain circumstances up to 1 year. In general, a national residence permit has to be applied for upon entering Germany.

Waiting Period for Appointments for National Visa

Family reunion

You register on the reservation list in order to get an appointment for your visa application. After the successful registration, you will receive  e-mails:

   1. a confirmation mail containing a reference number within 30 minutes after Registration;
   2. the appointment is assigned by the Embassy and announced via E-Mail (the time between registration and assignment of the appointment is currently over 16 months);
   3. the German Embassy started a cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). You will be contacted by IOM via phone call or E-Mail.


New appointments are released at irregular intervals in the greatest number possible, and generally in order of their registration.

Due to the high demand for family reunion to a family member who is recognized as refugee or is an asylum seeker in Germany, more than 16 months may elapse between the date of registration and the notification by IOM.

The German Embassy Addis Ababa has started a cooperation with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). IOM is supporting the applicants to complete the applications for a family reunification visa.

Since the 29th of August 2019 the acceptance proposal for refugees is realized by IOM. Refugees or relatives of refugees start the application process at IOM. All other applications are still accepted by the German Embassy Addis Abeba.

After application

Due to constant high workload, processing of applications is delayed. Applications are processed chronologically. Currently the waiting period between application and forwarding of the application to the competent German authority is up to 6 months. Further processing time depends on completeness of submitted documents.

Study Visa, Work Permit, Scholarship Holders

Appointments for these visa are activated 4 weeks in advance.

All documents have to be complete and submitted in the original (see information sheets). Incomplete applications may be denied. Non-requested submitted documents (by e-mail or fax) cannot be taken into account.

Each applicant has to appear in person.
seriously ill persons, and only after inquiry of each particular case.

You are kindly requested to verify your visa-data immediately upon receipt of your passport. 
Uniformed visa fees for all categories amount to 75,-- Euro (reduction for minors). Payment is to be made in Birr (ETB) on the day of application. Because of currency fluctuation, statements in national currency are not given. Fees are not refundable, regardless of any decision.
Necessary payments for fees are only processed at the visa section and thereafter you receive a receipt. The booking of an appointment and the application forms are free of charge.

Additional expenses can be incurred for the verification of documents, a DNA report, age determination, emergency travel documents and / or the application for the exception of holding a passport. 

Online Booking of a visa appointment

To apply for a visa you need an appointment. The booking of an appointment is exclusively done by using the German Embassy’s online booking system for short term visa (Schengen-visa) as well as long term visa (3 months and longer). Please note that each applicant for a Schengen-visa or with the purpose of studies needs to book an individual appointment. For the registration of a national visa appointment groups up to 6 persons are possible (Familys). The online booking of an appointment is free of charge: Online Appointment System

Online fill-in application form

In order to receive a national visa, please use the Videx-National link to fill-in the application form and take the print out to you appointment at the Embassy. Please be advised that this does not replace an application for a national visa.


During Process

The German Embassy consideres and decides on your visa application. It is checked if your application meets the legal requirements. As soon as a decision is made you will be contacted by the Embassy. In the meantime, please refrain from all queries. We kindly request your appreciation that queries during the visa consideration process cannot be acknowledged.
After the process, queries of the applicant, his legal authorized representative are replied to.

Return of Passport

As soon as the Embassy decided on your visa application, you will be contacted. In general, a passport can only be collected by the applicant. Should this not be possible, you are entitled to authorize a representative.

Please check your visa upon receipt immediately! Your visa states your full name, passport number, and your photo, furthermore the number of days of your stay, and validity of the visa, thus the time period until the receipt of your residence permit.
If all data is correct, nothing stands between you and your trip to Germany.

However, should you find incorrect data on your visa sticker, please inform us immediately! We will be happy to issue a new visa.

Please direct any enquiries dircectly from our website using the contact form.

Please don't forget to immediately contact the Local Resident's Registration Office on arrival in Germany to arrange an appointment with the Foreigner's Registration Office. The Schengen-visa allows to travel within the Schengen-territory.

There can be various reasons for a denial of your visa application. The Embassy will cite the causes in a notice of denial.
You are welcome to apply again with complete, convincing and verifiable documents.

The Embassy wishes you safe travels and a happy return!

Please find below important Information leaflets in regard to national visa application

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