When did you received a confirmation that my German Spouse Visa Application has been APPROVED?
For how many months did you wait before you get your German Spouse Visa Application APPROVED?
Is there a way to speed things up in processing your German Spouse Visa Application ?
What is a Date of arrival in Germany requirement?
I was very surprised and at the same time nervous when I received a letter from the German Embassy. I don't know if they still needed additional papers or something was wrong with my application. Fortunately, the letter states: "the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany is pleased to inform you that your application for a Visa has been approved."
In the letter also stated that I have to submit a VALID PASSPORT and the DATE OF ARRIVAL IN GERMANY.
What is a Date of arrival in Germany?
Literally it is the date of your arrival in Germany.
After receiving the approval letter from the embassy, I immediately told my German Spouse and my German Spouse immediately bought a ticket for me. So what I submitted was a Hard Copy of an electronic form of my plane ticket to Germany (I printed it).
Again, you can't just directly send your documents to the German Embassy. You have to call the call center of the German Embassy. The official COURIER of the German Embassy is Air21 and the fee cost 320 Pesos round trip. Roun trip means sending and then receiving back your documents. The fee is payable upon pick-up.
Please note that sending of the required documents through a non-accredited courier service of the Embassy can significantly delay the printing and releasing of your Visa.
After a week from sending my passport and date of arrival in Germany, I received my passport back with the German Visa.
At last, MY GERMAN SPOUSE VISA WAS APPROVED and my passport with the German Visa is already in my hands!
How long did it took? I went to the German Embassy in Manila at the End of February 2008. I received an Approval of my German Visa letter First Week of April 2008. I just waited for a month and my German Visa was approved. I honestly thought it would take 4 to 6 months or more as stated at there website.
How I did it? How did I make it quick? What specific measures did I go through to make it faster? Honestly, I don't know how to answer these questions. I just submitted all the necessary requirements and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany approved my visa after a month.
I really feel sorry for those people I have encountered at the CFO Seminar or at the German Embassy who told me they have waited for 6 months, 8 months and more than a year but still there German Visa are not yet approved.
Is marrying your German Spouse in the Philippines and getting a German Spouse Visa faster than getting a German Fiance Visa?
Based on my experience, PROBABLY. In my opinion, the processing of a German Fiance Visa is a bit longer because you are not yet married to your German Spouse. The embassy have to do more investigation or background check on you.
Do you have a relative or connection or someone you know at the German Embassy that helped you processed your papers faster?
100% NO! I just follow their rules and guidelines, submit the papers they needed and read a lot info from their website.
I really don't have any idea on what is behind the Embassy's Visa processing. I don't have any idea why someone's Visa was approved faster than the other one. Maybe I was just lucky... that I only waited for a month... ^_^
- German Spouse Visa Requirements
- Basic German Language Visa Requirement, Required or Not?
- German Visa Appointment at the German Embassy in Manila
- Interview at the German Embassy in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
- My Flight FOR and My Arrival IN Germany
- After Arrival - Registration as a Resident at your local Town Hall/City Hall in Germany