Processing Time



Visametric will transfer your documents to the Visa Office of the Embassy/Consulate. Processing time for a visa in general is 10 calendar days. Kindly note that the review process begins after the documents has been received by the Diplomatic Mission.

Applicants submitting their visa application in our branch offices have to take into account extra working days (typically 2 working days) to their processing time as their visa application will first be sent to the VisaMetric Moscow office and back.

Note: Please note that the Diplomatic Mission might request you to submit missing / additional documents that may prolong the review time. You will be notified about the request by phone or e-mail, and we would recommend that you check it regularly.

Visa application documents can be submitted not earlier than 6 months before the scheduled trip.

We kindly ask you to submit your application in advance as the processing time for each application depends on the Diplomatic Mission. The decision to approve or refuse a visa is entirely up to the Diplomatic Mission.

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around German and Russian holidays, the processing time may be extended. In this regard, it is recommended to submit documents in advance.

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VisaMetric’s/Diplomatic Mission’s official holidays may extend the visa application processing time.

Conditions for applying for an express visa:

  • The application can be submitted at the earliest 3 working days before the planned trip to Germany
  • Providing proof of necessity of the planned trip is necessary (whithin 3 working days).
  • Applying for an express visa is only possible in Moscow and only for Russian citizens.


Accepted sets of documents are forwarded through VisaMetric offices to an authorized diplomatic mission. Please note that the review process starts from the moment the set of documents is received by the Diplomatic Mission.

The review process of an application for a visa for students with unconditional admission to study takes, as a rule, from 4 weeks.

The review process of an application for a visa for stay with the purpose of internship usually takes 5 to 10 working days.

The review process of an application for a visa for EU Blue Card applicants and their family members usually takes 5 to 10 working days.

Please note that the German Embassy in Moscow reserves the right to request missing or additional documents in the process of considering an application for a visa, which may lead to an increase in the processing time for a visa application.

Submission of documents for obtaining a national visa for students with unconditional admission to study is possible no earlier than 4 months before the start of the planned trip.

Submission of documents for a national visa for internship is possible no earlier than 3 months before the start of the planned trip.

Submission of documents for obtaining a national visa for EU Blue Card applicants and their family members is possible no earlier than 3 months before the start of the planned trip.

The outcome on your application is in the exclusive competence of the authorized Diplomatic Mission.

An increase in the processing time may occur in the event of a high workload of the Visa Department before Russian and German holidays. In this regard, it is recommended to submit documents well in advance.

Please check the official holidays of the German Diplomatic Mission and German Visa Application Centers in Russia.