The process behind your application
Processing a visa application involves cooperation between the Federal Office of Administration, Foreigners Authority, and many other agencies. The main aim of the process is to check the applicant’s data in various registers, and agencies. This cooperation is necessary for the Federal Office of Administration to comprehensively provide the diplomatic missions with a decision-making basis, so the appropriate decision will be taken on the visa applications they have received. In addition, under the Visa Code, prior to issuing a Schengen visa, the Schengen partners will be consulted on the Visa Consultation Process in accordance with their security interests, and questions about entries and security will be asked.
On average, about every 10 seconds, the foreign agencies make a request to the BVA (Federal Office of Administration), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Every year, more than 2 million visa applications are processed in the BVA, most of them fully automatic within a few seconds. The complexity of the German visa procedure requires the use of state-of-the-art technology to meet the high standards of efficiency and process reliability. For this purpose, a biometric method is used for photo recognition as well as an alphanumeric search method.