OPENING HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
In the following we would like to let you know how you can reach us at the upcoming - hopefully for all of us restful - holidays:
24.12.2019: All branches are open until 12.00.
25.-26.12 .2019: BUSINESS VISUM remains closed.
27.12 .2019: Normal working day; BUSINESS VISUM can be reached as usual (except Hamburg).
30.12 .2019: Normal working day; BUSINESS VISUM can be reached as usual.
31.12.2019: All branches are open until 12.00.
01.01.2020: BUSINESS VISUM remains closed.
Important changes in the consulate of Russia in Frankfurt
The consulate of Russia in Frankfurt informs that from 12.12.2019 onward no sameday processing is possible. Temporarily there will only be express processing within 3 working days (only in connection with a ministerial invitation).
It is anticipated that there will be a sameday processing again from the middle of January. We will inform you as soon as new information is available.
IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE!
On behalf of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (China Provider), we received the message that, as of 16.12.2019, the applicant must appear in person in order to give his or her fingerprints.
Currently exempted from this are:
- Persons under 14 years or over 70 years
- Owners of diplomatic passports and persons exempted under bilateral agreements.
- Persons who apply for a Chinese visa with the same passport and whose fingerprints have already been provided within the last 5 years (the biometric visa must be presented in the same passport upon application)
- People who have finger limitations or who can not capture fingerprints from all 10 fingers for other reasons.
Business Visum remains in close contact with the Chinese Visa Application Service Center. Once we have news and concrete procedures, we will provide you with the information on our website.
In the coming weeks, we will keep you up to date on the changes to be expected on our website in the News section. In the beginning, we expect adjustments and temporal effects on the proceesing times.
Interview appointments for USA
At present the lead time for interview appointments in the consulates Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich is currently 1-2 weeks!
Holidays in November
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in November (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 01.11.2019: Myanmar (Berlin)
Changes to the application process
The Canadian Government announces changes to the application process on November 1st 2019. How these will look like is not yet known. As soon as we have details, we will publish them.
IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE!
Visa applications can no longer be submitted on a day-to-day basis. For the submission, appointments must be planned, which are only possible after we have received your documents in our offices. In addition, the daily contingent is limited.
As a result of the changes, we will no longer be able to carry out Sameday visas. A significant delay of 10 or more days is to be expected.
As soon as we have further information, we will inform you immediately at this point.
Holidays in October
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in October (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 01.10.2019: Nigeria (Berlin)
- 02.10. + 03.10.2019: India (Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich)
- 08.10.2019: India (Munich)
- 14.10.2019: Russian Federation (Berlin)
- 28.10. + 29.10.2019: Nepal (Berlin)
- 28.10. + 31.10.2019: Myanmar (Berlin)
UPDATE: Chinese provider changes application procedure
As reported on 24.08.2019, the providers of the Chinese Embassy have drastically changed the processing of visa applications. How does this affect you right now?
Due to the changed procedure, the submission of visa applications is currently delayed by (in average) at least 4 days. Therefore, plan with a significant delay in processing and issuing of your visa.
If the Chinese provider detects "faulty" documents, they will be returned to us and a new submission is only possible with a completely new application form. This means that no missing documents can be added or incorrect information corrected - the provider now requires a complete new application. Only when the new application form is signed by you in the original, we can book a new submission date for you.
Update: please keep in mind that due to chinese holidays the consular sections will be closed on
Munich, Hamburg and Berlin = September 30th - October 3rd
Frankfurt= October 1st - October 3rd
Holidays in September
Due to holidays or other reasons the following embassies and/or consulates will be closed in September (in case not otherwise stated this is always nationwide):
- 10.09.2019: Bangladesh (Berlin)
- 10.09.2019: India (Berlin)
- 30.09. - 03.10.2019: China (Berlin, München)