Indian passport holders on an H1B visa can apply for a German tourist visa in San Francisco at the German Consulate or through mail-in.
Indian passport holders with a valid H1B visa can apply for a Germany visa in-person at the German consulate in San Francisco at 1960 Jackson St. You will need a complete application and an appointment at the consulate.
Indian passport holders with Schengen visa are eligible to mail-in their application. This is a better option because it saves a couple hours of in-person visits, and more so if you live in the Bay Area.
Germany Schengen Visa - Complete List of Requirements
A valid U.S. H1B visa with I-797 + 1 photocopy. A valid H1B visa is required, and an I797 won't work without an original visa.
Photographs: 2 passport-sized photograph with a clear face, light background, and the face occupying about 80% of the photograph.
Accommodation or hotel details where bookings have been made along with check-in and check-out dates.
Tour itinerary mentioning places of visit.
Bank statement for the last three months.
Copies of passport and any previous Schengen visas – Indian passport should be valid for at least three months.
Schengen travel insurance: coverage of at least EUR 30.000 to support medical emergency, repatriation due to medical reasons, or any other emergency handling during Germany visit.
Declaration of Accuracy form: fill it out, and sign.
Visa Fees: 80 EUR payable in USD. Use that day's conversion rate. Make sure to take cash.
Original Indian valid passport with 2 empty pages. Make sure it's not expiring within 6 months.
Proof of employment.
Proof of address - State ID or Driver's license, or a copy of your lease.
If you're mailing in your application, then you'd also need the following in addition to the above requirements:
Return Shipping labels.
Checklist filled out and signed.
Visa Fees: 80 EUR payable in USD. Use that day's conversion rate. Make sure to put cash or a money order.
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Important Things To Keep in Mind for H1B Holders
A valid H1B visa stamp.
H1B should not be expiring within the duration of the trip.
H1B should not expire within 3 months of intended departure of the trip.
How to Get An Appointment at the German Consulate in San Francisco for Indian Passport Holders
Indian passport holders living in San Francisco should schedule an appointment at the German Consulate in San Francisco. If you schedule an appointment at any other consulate without prior approval, your application would not be processed. You can visit the official website to schedule.
German Consulate in San Francisco Visa Processing Times for Indian Passport Holders
Our data shows that the average processing time to get a Schengen (Tourist/Business) visa from the German consulate in San Francisco for Indian citizens with H1B visas is 7 business days.
German Consulate in San Francisco Reviews from Indian Passport Holders with H1B Visa
"I applied for a Schengen Visa in December 2019. It was a breeze getting the appointment, and we didn't have to wait very long at all when we arrived. All you need to provide is proof of your travel (e.g. plane tickets) and proof of medical insurance. In terms of proof of financial responsibility, my bank's strongly worded letter covered that well enough. I didn't wait much after I submitted my application; it took one week and two days to be to be in the mail-box.
One thing I would recommend is to do research into the list of documents they ask for and make sure you have everything they ask for, well in advance. If there was one downside to this, it could be that you need to book an appointment two weeks ahead of time. However, it was difficult for me to find a time that I could do it conveniently - an earlier appointment would have been nice! I also didn't know that I could just mail-in my application. Overall, the credit to the German consular officers multilingualism (they spoke Fluent English); email response was quick. Overall pretty satisfactory experience!" Shakshi, Nob Hill (San Francisco)
"Me and my family applied thro' mail in the nearby German Consulate General in San Francisco and we got our visa within 48 hours by using DHL express." Jugal, FiDi (San Francisco)
"The staff were so friendly and apologetic for a slight delay. I immediately started chatting to the nice security guard who told us a hilarious story. And they let me collect my visa a day before to accommodate. It was, yay." Vaydika, Mission Bay (San Francisco)
German Consulate of San Francisco
1960 Jackson St
Tel: +1 (415) 775 1061
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How to Check Visa Status for your Application
It's advisable to wait up to 4 weeks to get your visa back, and there is no system to track your application. If you've an imminent trip or an urgent reason, please contact the German consulate using this form.
Which Countries can Indian Passport Holders on a H1B visit with a German Visa
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
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