June 24, 2024
Visa Application Changes By Germany Effected For Kenyans

Visa Application Changes By Germany Effected For Kenyans

The German Embassy in Nairobi has announced changes to the application of four types of visas for Kenyans.

According to the Embassy, visa applications for vocational training, study visas, measures relating to foreign qualifications, and research and science will be outsourced to the TLS Contact.

TLS Contact is a service that handles visa and consular requests for government clients all over the world.

The service manages the administrative aspects of the visa process through a global network of Visa Application Centers.

Applicants for these visa categories will need to submit their applications to the TLS Service rather than the German Embassy in Nairobi.

This new application system will take effect on June 3, 2024.

“The receipt of national visa applications in the categories of vocational training, studies,  the measures regarding the recognition of foreign professional qualifications, and research and science in accordance with Section 5 of the Ordinance on the Employment of Foreigners) of the German Residence Act will be outsourced to the external service provider TLScontact from 03.06.2024,” read the notice in part.

Interested parties will now be required to book appointments through the TLScontact website.

A service fee of 28.50 Euros, equivalent to Ksh4,020 (based on the current exchange rate), will be charged per application.

The notice also stated that TLScontact charges a fee to make photocopies and biometric photos, send passports by courier, and notify applicants via SMS when their passports are ready for collection.

The Visa Application Center is located on the fourth floor of the 9 West Building at Ring Road Parklands in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Visa applications can be submitted to TLScontact between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding public holidays) by scheduling an appointment in advance.

The changes come after Kenya negotiated a deal with the German government to facilitate job migration for Kenyans to the country.

On May 16, the government announced that it had reached an agreement with the German government to develop a migration framework that would provide 250,000 job opportunities for Kenyans.

Visa Application Changes By Germany Effected For Kenyans

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