Visa requirements for long term stay

09.12.2020 - Article

Important information for students:

Please note that starting from 1 January 2021, students  will have to prove that they have 861 euros per month / 10,332 euros per year (an increase of 8 euros per month / 96 euros per year) to cover their living expenses in Germany. The information leaflet has been updated accordingly.

For student visa applications submitted starting from 1 November 2020 students will already have to prove the new amount.

General Information

Please first read the Embassy´s page  Visa - Important information for all applicants

Visa applicants who wish to apply for a long-term visa/national visa to Germany are kindly requested to submit all necessary documents to the German Embassy. You find information leaflets on the different types of visa and the necessary information at the end of this page.

Generally, the processing time for the decision on long term visa applications is about three months. Visa applications for family reunion involve a document check of Sri Lankan documents and usually take approximately six months, in some cases even longer. Please refrain from enquiries on the status of your visa application during the general processing time.


Please note that applications can only be submitted with a prior appointment.

Booking an appointment is free of charge. Before making an appointment make sure to read carefully the Information leaflet which applies to your case.

Think about others: please cancel your appointment as soon as you know that you are not going to use it. You will enable other applicants to use that slot! “No-shows” (applicants who do not use booked appointments) will be monitored and if necessary registered. Late arrivals will be asked to reschedule.

So called “visa agents”

Applicants should bear in mind that there is no need to use an agent to apply for a visa. Please be informed that the German Embassy is not related to these agents in any way. Their service may be without any value and in no case will bind the German Embassy. 

Family reunion to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection

Since 1 August 2018 close family members (spouses, minor single children and parents of minor children) of persons with subsidiary protection status living in Germany are entitled to apply for a family reunion visa. Since there is a Germany-wide quota of 1000 persons per month a preliminary procedure at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has to be passed first before applying for a visa.

To start the procedures at IOM, register online on the central website of the Federal Foreign Office: Central registration link

After successful registration and completion of the preliminary procedure at IOM, the German Embassy Colombo will allocate an appointment to applicants in chronological order of registration. Applicants will be informed promptly by the Embassy about the appointment. Please consult the information leaflet in the table at the end of this page regarding the necessary documents to apply for a visa at the Embassy.

Please note:

  • Do not make an appointment via the Embassy’s website. The Embassy will allocate an appointment to you!
  • Applicants with this family background who book a regular appointment for family reunion will not be allowed to apply then. They will be asked to complete the preliminary procedure at IOM first.
  • Refrain from telephone and e-mail enquiries regarding the appointment.

Information leaflets

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