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Visa is­sues

Whether some­one wants to en­ter Ger­many to vis­it rel­a­tives, to study, work, re­join fam­i­ly mem­bers or for oth­er rea­sons, when for­eign­ers ap­ply for a visa to en­ter Ger­many at a Ger­man mis­sion abroad (em­bassy or con­sulate-gen­er­al), we are con­sult­ed elec­tron­i­cal­ly.

Visum mit räumlich beschränkter GültigkeitSource: Council of the European Union

Due to its ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion in the heart of Eu­rope, the Fed­er­al Re­pub­lic of Ger­many is an im­por­tant coun­try of des­ti­na­tion and tran­sit for peo­ple all over the world. In prin­ci­ple, they need a res­i­dence per­mit is­sued by a Ger­man mis­sion abroad be­fore en­ter­ing Ger­many. World­wide, al­most 200 Ger­man mis­sions abroad of all sizes are au­tho­rized to grant visas.

The Visa Di­vi­sion at the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) serves as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ser­vice in­ter­face be­tween Ger­man mis­sions abroad and nu­mer­ous agen­cies in Ger­many which have to be con­sult­ed de­pend­ing on the cir­cum­stances. These in­clude for­eign­ers au­thor­i­ties, In­ter­na­tion­al Place­ment Ser­vices (ZAV) of the Fed­er­al Em­ploy­ment Agen­cy and na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty agen­cies. In ad­di­tion, Schen­gen part­ners are con­sult­ed with re­spect to any reser­va­tions re­gard­ing en­try or se­cu­ri­ty pri­or to the is­sue of a Schen­gen visa ac­cord­ing to their se­cu­ri­ty in­ter­ests (visa con­sul­ta­tion pro­ce­dure ‘ViKon’).

Fur­ther­more, ap­pli­cants' da­ta are checked against var­i­ous na­tion­al and Eu­ro­pean reg­is­ters, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Reg­is­ter of For­eign­ers, the Visa Warn­ing File, the want­ed prop­er­ty da­ta file ISAD, as well as the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (SIS) and the want­ed prop­er­ty da­ta file SIS-SF at the Eu­ro­pean lev­el.

Con­sult­ing of the agen­cies men­tioned above and check­ing reg­is­ters helps to quick­ly pro­vide mis­sions abroad with a com­pre­hen­sive and ac­cu­rate ba­sis so that they can take an ap­pro­pri­ate de­ci­sion on the sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions.

On av­er­age, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) re­ceives a re­quest from the mis­sions abroad ap­prox­i­mate­ly ev­ery ten sec­onds – around the clock, sev­en days a week. Each year, about two mil­lion visa ap­pli­ca­tions are pro­cessed at the BVA, most of them ful­ly au­to­mat­ed, with­in a few sec­onds. The com­plex Ger­man visa pro­ce­dure re­quires the use of mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy in or­der to meet the high de­mand for ef­fi­cien­cy and se­cu­ri­ty. For this pur­pose we use a bio­met­ric pro­ce­dure to iden­ti­fy pho­tographs, for ex­am­ple, and an al­phanu­mer­ic search pro­ce­dure.

As a da­ta ex­change point in visa pro­ce­dures, the BVA makes an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to eco­nom­ic, per­son­al and in­ter­cul­tur­al transna­tion­al ex­change while pro­tect­ing na­tion­al and Eu­ro­pean se­cu­ri­ty in­ter­ests.

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