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
You register on the reservation list in order to get an appointment for your visa application. After the successful registration, you will receive 2 e-mails:
1. a confirmation mail containing a reference number within 30 minutes after registration;
2. as soon as the appointment is fixed – several weeks ahead of your appointment - you will receive another e-mail with the exact appointment date and time.
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, 12 to 15 months may elapse between the date of registration and the notification of a specific appointment for Eritrean refugees.
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.
Exceptions: 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
Electronic Visa Application Form
(to fill in and present print-out at the Embassy during your visa appointment)
Every visa applicant, lawyer, refugee worker or any other third person can fill in the visa application online under the following link: Videx
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!